The Tennessean: Titans' draft earns B-minus

Your complete recap of the Tennessee Titans in this past weekend's NFL Draft:


The Titans didn't have a ton of gaping holes to fill, but they did a nice job adding depth — and looking to the future — at offensive tackle, defensive tackle and defensive back.

The player who should make the quickest impact: running back Bishop Sankey. He is not huge, but he runs well inside and out, and he can catch. He should play a significant role in helping to replace Chris Johnson.

I wouldn't be surprised to see first-rounder Taylor Lewan starting at some point this season, possibly at right tackle or possibly pushing Michael Roos to right tackle. Lewan should be a cornerstone lineman for years.

If there was a disappointment for me, it was that the Titans didn't find a way to snag quarterback Derek Carr after working him out extensively. Zach Mettenberger has potential, but he also has injury concerns. I'm still not sure if the Titans' quarterback of the future is on the roster.


The Titans got value with their first pick. Even though Taylor Lewan was considered the third-best tackle in the draft, he was top-10 worthy and the Titans landed him at 11th overall. The more I think about it, I'm having trouble seeing him as a backup this season.

The Titans got the best running back on their board in Bishop Sankey — watch his highlights and you'll be convinced he can help immediately. In the fourth and fifth rounds, they added depth to the defensive line and secondary, and got a good inside linebacker.

Where they could've done better was quarterback. They drafted a question mark (Zach Mettenberger) in the sixth round to groom behind a question mark (Jake Locker).

When the Raiders picked Fresno State's Derek Carr in the second round, the Titans went into a holding pattern. They should have taken Georgia's Aaron Murray in the fifth round, but he went to the Chiefs 12 picks later.


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