Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Examining the Titans 2012 Draft Class

The Titans were on a bye in week 11 so I thought it would be interesting to look at how the 2012 draft class performed. Overall, I would say quite well and kudos to Ruston Webster and Lake Dawson on the good job they are doing in that department. Let's take a look individually:

1st Round (#20) WR Kendall Wright, Baylor

Has started from week 1 and currently leads all rookie wide receivers in targets. Has played 391 of 635 snaps and has 43 receptions for 390 yards with 4 touchdowns. He averages 9.6 yards per reception.

2nd Round (#52) OLB Zach Brown, North Carolina

Has played in every game his rookie season, 365 snaps out of 709, and assumed the starting role, primarily at WLB, by week 8. He currently has 55 tackles (6th amongst Titans), 1 sack, 1 QB hit, 3 QB hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception and 2 passes defended. 

3rd Round (#82) DT Mike Martin, Michigan

Has been in the rotation at defensive tackle from week 1 and has played 309 snaps out of 709. He currently has 28 tackles, 2 sacks, 6 QB hits, 10 QB hurries, and 3 tackles for losses. 

4th Round (#115) CB Coty Sensabaugh, Clemson

Has played since week 1 but not in every game. Has played 93 of 709 snaps and 26 tackles and 3 passes defended. He just recently took over the nickelback position. I wrote about him in my blog on the Miami game if you want a closer look.

5th Round (#145) TE Taylor Thompson, SMU

Has played every game since week 1 and his snap counts keep getting higher. I wrote about Thompson in great detail in my blog on Jared Cook and the Miami game. A terrific blocker he has played 134 snaps of 635. He only has 3 receptions for 19 yards but he has been instrumental in blocking.  

6th Round (#190) FS Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State

Suffered a knee injury participating in drills following the senior bowl and has yet to play. Is currently on the PUP.

7th Round (#211) DE Scott Solomon, Rice

Has played every game except week 5 against Minnesota and has played 130 out of 709 snaps. He has 3 tackles. 

After some pretty fantastic misses in the draft toward the end of the Fisher era in Tennessee, it is refreshing to see the Titans start to become better evaluators and the drafts become much more productive. Time will tell how well the Titans are able to hang onto "homegrown talent" as that has been a similar issue. 

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