Fiu, Cirminiello, Mitchell on TV - Campus Insiders | Buy College Football Tickets

2011 NFL Draft - Tennessee Titans
Washington QB Jake Locker
Washington QB Jake Locker
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 30, 2011


Tennessee Titans - AFC South, 2011 Draft Selections & Prospects

Tennessee Titans

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-5) | 1st Round (6-10) | 1st Round (11-15) | 1st Round (16-20)
1st Round (21-25) | 1st Round (26-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay 

- 2010 Tennessee Draft Breakdown

First Round 
QB Jake Locker, Washington 6-2, 231
Overall Pick No. 8  CFN Overall Ranking: 35

Tennessee is trying to outdo itself after the Vince Young pick. HE … CAN’T … THROW ... ACCURATELY. If it's not going to happen in college, it's not going to happen in the NFL. He’s a great guy and he’s the type of player you’d love to see succeed, and after the Young fiasco, the Titans obviously wanted a completely different type of guy with a completely different type of attitude to revolve the franchise around, but the No. 7 pick in the draft should’ve made the players around him at Washington better, and no, his supporting cast really wasn’t that bad. Tennessee has now politely excused itself from the Super Bowl discussion for the next decade.

CFN Analysis: He doesn’t have prototype height and he doesn’t have big hands, but that’s about it as far as the physical knocks. An elite athlete for an NFL quarterback, he runs extremely well, has a live arm, and he’s tough as nails. A peerless leader and a pure baller, he’s a fantastic guy with the type of attitude and intangibles that makes him easy to root for. There’s one problem … he can’t throw. Everything looks right, even though he seems like he’s about to run too much when he should be setting his feet to fire, but the mechanics aren’t all that bad. You can’t teach accuracy, and in a world where two of the most accurate quarterbacks in NFL history, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, are the standard-bearers for Super Bowl winners, Locker has a hard ceiling on how far he can likely take a team. If he’s asked to go out there and just play, he should be fine. If he’s asked to be Tom Brady and a pro style passer, it’s not going to happen.
CFN Projection: Second Round
 
Second Round    
OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA 6-3, 235
Overall Pick No. 39 CFN Overall Ranking: 31

Again, this is Da’Quan Bowers being ignored as the Titans are taking a pure pass rusher to add more pop to the outside. Ayers is a great hybrid prospect with the ability to get into the backfield on a regular basis, and while he’s not lightning fast, he’s the right pick at the right time … as long as Bowers really is undraftable because of his knee.

CFN Analysis: Known as an athletic, big outside linebacker, he didn’t do as well as hoped for at the Combine, but his game tape is still tremendous and still makes him the model outside linebacker. Fluid, he moves extremely well and has the quickness to go along with the size to be used as a pure pass rusher from time to time, but he’s a linebacker who can make things happen as a pass rusher. The problem is his lack of speed, and while he’s good enough to move well, he doesn’t have NFL wheels. How much will the offseason workouts matter? He was considered a Combine type of guy, but now he’ll have to be seen as a better football player than a workout warrior.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round   
DT Jurrell Casey, USC 6-1, 300
Overall Pick No. 77 CFN Overall Ranking: 89

A very quick run plugger, he doesn’t have the size to be a nose tackle, but he’s a potentially disruptive force who was way high on several draft boards last year at this time. He’s going to be a key piece of the interior puzzle, but he’s not the type of tackle you build around. That’s okay; he’ll be fine for what the Titans need.

CFN Analysis: Too short and too mushy, he doesn’t have the ideal look of an NFL defensive tackle and he needs to spent time in the weight room and with the right training energy to reinvent his body. Despite the concerns, he’s a great athlete with great quickness and excellent strength on the nose. When he gets to a ball-carrier he brings a pop, and he’s a productive playmaker who finds ways to work himself into the right position, but he has work to do to get in better overall shape if he’s going to be a difference maker at the next level.
CFN Projection: Second Round
 
Fourth Round   
OLB Colin McCarthy, Miami 6-3, 238 (OLB)
Overall Pick No. 109 CFN Overall Ranking: 75

CFN Analysis: It’s a shame he doesn’t have better tools. He has everything you’d want in a linebacker makeup-wise, with a willingness to do anything, including play on special teams, and he’ll work inside, outside, or wherever he’s needed. A pure football play who’s very smart, very active, and always plays like his hair is on fire, he’ll be tough to keep off the field. The problem is his lack of size, and while he’s not built for the inside he’ll battle hard to try to hold up against the bigger blockers. He’ll always be banged up with the way he’ll play and he missed a full season with a shoulder injury; he’ll never shy away from contact. Coaches will love him, but they’re always going to have to assume he’ll miss at least a few games a year hurt.
CFN Projection: Third Round 

Fourth Round
RB Jamie Harper, Clemson 6-0, 233 (Junior) 
Overall Pick No. 130 CFN Overall Ranking: 146

CFN Analysis: A big back who moves surprisingly well and can be used as a receiver and a blocker as well as a between-the-tackles runner. While he was a good back for Clemson, he wasn’t necessarily great and he wasn’t a featured back for all that long. If he can keep in shape and if he’s willing to do all the little things, he could carve out a nice career for himself. He’ll never be a No. 1 and he’ll never be a star, but he could be great if he’s okay with becoming a jack-of-all-trades.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Fifth Round    
DE Karl Klug, Iowa  6-3, 273
Overall Pick No. 142 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

Always moving. He has a non-stop motor and he’s always working to try to make plays. Part end, part tackle. He can be used as a 3-4 end or a 4-3 tackle. Fights hard. Makes up for his lack of size by fighting and battling play in and play out. He doesn’t get shoved around. A try-hard type who doesn’t have any semblance of athleticism. He’ll have to make plays on want-to. Small. He doesn’t have NFL defensive tackle bulk and doesn’t have any room to get any bigger. Was helped by being surrounded by superior players like Adrian Clayborn and Christian Ballard.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Sixth Round 
OT Byron Stingily, Louisville
6-5, 313
Overall Pick No. 175  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: He bulked up big-time since coming to school as a defensive lineman, and he grew into a tough blocker the line revolved everything around. He's not going to move well enough to be a regular tackle and could be kicked inside to guard in time, and he doesn't have nearly enough talent to be a regular against an NFL pass rusher with any sort of speed. He could be decent in a zone-blocking scheme, but he's never going to work for a mauling offense.
CFN Projection: Free Agent
 
Seventh Round   
ODT Zach Clayton, Auburn  6-2, 299
Overall Pick No. 212  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: While he's not all that big, he has decent size and good versatility. He can play as a 3-4 end if absolutely needed, but he's an interior presence who can get into the backfield. He's not going to fly around like a Nick Fairley, but he holds up well against the run.
CFN Projection: Free Agent
 
Seventh Round
SS Tommie Campbell, California (Pa.)
6-2, 207
Overall Pick No. 251 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: With good size and great hitting ability, he has the raw tools to be a decent safety. He was ultra-productive at the lower level and showed great pop and excellent tackling skills, but he has to prove he can hang around with the big boys. Not an elite athlete, he's going to have to show he knows what he's doing to not take wasted steps and poor angles. He needs lots and lots of time to adjust.
CFN Projection: Free Agent