Well, another draft is in the books ladies and gentlemen. 224 young men were drafted, all in hopes of making their NFL dreams a reality. The Titans ended up taking seven players, five of them on the defensive side of the ball. Tennessee addressed some of their obvious holes, but left a lot up the imagination.
1st Round: Kendall Wright-WR-Baylor
On Friday I addressed the first round pick of Wright out of Baylor. He’s definitely a special talent that could add explosiveness to the receiving core that the Titans have been missing in recent years. But now, onto the rest of the 2012 Draft class.
2nd Round: Zach Brown-OLB-North CarolinaThe Titans made an interesting pick in going with Brown. He has the potential to be one of the best linebackers in pass coverage, which is a giant need for the Titans, but his spotty tackling could be a problem. He also has been known to struggle sometimes with work ethic, which might not bode well for the rookie.
3rd Round: Mike Martin-DT-Michigan
Martin was a great pick up for Tennessee. He really is a force against the run and will be a huge compliment to Jurell Casey, who started 15 games as a rookie in 2011. For a team with only 28 sacks last year, Martin can have an immediate impact.
4th Round: Cody Sensabaugh-CB- Clemson
The Titans were in desperate need of help in the corner back position after losing Cortland Finnegan to
free agency. Sensabaugh is definitely a sleeper pick. He ran a sub 4.4 at the combine which was extremely impressive. Tennessee has had success in picking up gems in the later rounds, and Sensabaugh could be added to that list.
5th Round: Taylor Thompson- TE- SMU
The pick of Thompson left me scratching my head. Thompson played defensive end at SMU because the Mustangs didn’t use tight ends in their offense. While
6thRound: Markelle Martin-S-Oklahoma State
Martin might end up being one of the biggest snags in the draft. He didn’t participate in the combine due to injuries, which led to him slipping to the later rounds. He’s certainly an athletic player and helps address some of the Tennessee’s holes on defense.
7th Round: Scott Solomon-DE- Rice
Defensive end was a position that needed to be filled by the Titans, and I’m not quite sure why they waited until the final round to do so. Solomon has the chance to start as a rookie if he plays his cards right.