Examining The TN Titans 2010 Draft Class


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A small review of the Titans 2010 Draft Class and a look at how the 2011 Draft Class could impact the team will be next. First, a look at the 2010 draft class after one year.

The Titans went defense with their 2010 first round draft pick, taking DE Derrick Morgan of Georgia Tech. Other notables the Titans drafted: CB AlterraunVerner and return ace/WR Marc Mariani (pictured). The Titans also selected the much talked about S Myron Rolle of Florida State. Rolle would go on to the practice squad.

Mariani would go on to make the 2010 Pro Bowl as a rookie in the return game. You will have a hard time matching value and need better than the Titans did with this 7th round pick.

Verner would start 2 pre-season games and 12 regular season games. In the regular season, Verner totalled 101 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 3 interceptions. He became a much-heralded pick that should have gone higher than the 4th round.

Morgan was put on injured reserve in October. His effectiveness could not be adequately judged. He might as well be considered an extra 2011 first rounder. It should be noted that he did have 1.5 sacks before he went down. A step above other defensive ends taken in the first round…in the afc south….(hint).

QB Rusty Smith, of the Florida Atlantic, was taken in the 5th round and thrust into action during the 2010 season. He was woefully underprepared to fill in the absence left by injuries to both Vince Young and Kerry Collins. Luckily for Titans fans, Collins managed to come back just in time to beat our Jaguars. Smith, before bowing out to Collins, managed to throw up 4 INTs and 0 TDs on his way to 200 yards through 2 games. He only started 1, a 20-0 loss to the Houston Texas who had been playing awful at the time. Smith averaged 4.5 yards per attempt. That is pedestrian on a good day.

After 1 year, I would give the Titans a B- on this draft class. The 1-year of review certainly adds perspective but it is still too early to make a call on many of these picks, such as 3rd round picks at WR-Damien Williams, USC and at LB-Rennie Curran, Georgia. With the Titans needing a new LB corps and only getting 1 new LBer in the 2011 draft. Curran may continue to develop and possibly be a long-term starter.

 As far as Williams, he finished the 2010 season with 16 receptions for 219 yards. I can’t blame him, the QB situation was in constant flux and WR’s generally don’t impact the games for a few years unless they are one of the “All-Earth” selections in the top-20.

I hope you enjoyed the review and let me know your thoughts on the class.

The Titans 2011 Draft class is on the way.

UPDATE: As our reader Evan Marcus ever so ferociously pointed out, I gave you some wrong information. I’ll leave the original as it is above here so that you will see. I mentioned that the Titans QB, Rusty Smith, was drafted in the 5th round. That is not factual as he was drafted in the 6th round. I apologize for my mistake and hope you enjoyed the rest of the article. Thank you for your help, Evan.

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  • http://blackandteal.com/2011/05/01/examining-the-tn-titans-2010-draft-class/ Evan Marcus

    If we are examing anything here, maybe we can examine who the hell wrote this article. Rusty Smith was selecting in the 6round. If you are going to write and article examing the DRAFT…you should make sure you know the correct round!!! And for someone who can’t even research his facts correctly before writing an article, you are being pretty harsh to Rusty…Did you watch that games??? How many drops did his receivers have??? How did Johnson run the ball that day??? WHAT ROUND DID YOU GET DRAFTER IN??? You’re judging a QB on one performance without anytime to prepare. Before you judge watch that game again!

    • Brandon Clark

      I can tell you are in a good mood.

      In short, I’m who the hell wrote the article.

      I’m sorry that it offended you that I got the round wrong. It will be corrected. I didn’t mean to place him a round too early.

      As far as your comments: Yes, I did watch the entire game. I’m not some guy that’s a fan of one team and goes around bashing all others. I do my research and speak to you objectively.

      You’re right. I am judging a QB on one performance. It means nothing. He could be great or he could have shown us his ceiling, but I want you to notice this: I said he was woefully underprepared. This speaks to the bad situation he was in. Neither Rusty nor the coaching staff had any way to prepare him correctly. He was, like I said, “thrust” into action. He couldn’t be prepared. The first-team reps went to the first-team. He was a development guy that got put on the spot. The exact same thing happened to QB Curtis Painter for the Indiannapolis Colts and now most Colts fans hate the guy because he cost them a perfect season. It’s not fair to either QB. However, you work with what you have when evaluating. This is what they have given, so this is what I say so far. Do you expect me to be a prophet?

      I hope you understand that I went about all of this in terms of their 2010 performance. It is the point of the article. Rusty’s 2010 performance was just as I said: pedestrian on a good day. It is not entirely Smith’s fault as his circumstance was bad. I hope he improves, I like the guy and think he has potential, but 2010 is what is referred to in the article. Not hope in what the future brings.

      Besides, it’s not personal. There is no reason for anger. If you wish to enlighten me with something I missed that you noticed, then by all means, please share some wisdom. I would love to learn.

      I hope my comments answered any question you had.

      What round was I drafted in? I went undrafted AGAIN. Pisses me off every year.