2012 NFL Draft - Tennessee Titans

Posted Apr 28, 2012

Tennessee Titans - AFC South, 2012 Draft Selections & Prospects


Tennessee Titans

2012 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

2012 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   

- 2011 Tennessee Draft Breakdown
- 2010 Tennessee Draft Breakdown

The Draft Was ... athletic. With WR Kendall Wright in the first and LB Zach Brown in the second the Titans got really fast, really quick. DT Mike Martin is the type of third round pick that makes GMs look smart, and then the draft went off the rails with CB Coty Sensabaugh in the fourth. S Markelle Martin was a fantastic value pick in the sixth, but other than Mike Martin there isn't a sure-thing on the lot. That includes Wright.
Best Value Pick: S Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State, 6th round
Worst Value Pick: CB Coty Sensabaugh, Clemson, 4th round
They Should've ... gone after another good receiver instead of Sensabaugh. Nick Toon is the type of no-risk target who would've been a perfect complement to Wright to give the Titans their receiving corps for the next several years, but instead he ended up going to New Orleans.
Division Draft Ranking: 3
Overall Draft Ranking: 25

First Round

WR Kendall Wright, Baylor 5-10, 196
Overall Pick No. 20 CFN Overall Ranking: 48
CFN Analysis: The offense needs playmakers to help out Jake Locker, and Wright showed enough during his pro day to work into the first round. However, is the Combine speed more indicative of his upside and talent? He looked great on the field in an offense that jacks up the stats, but while he might not be a No. 1 target he should be a nice piece of the puzzle. You don't go for nice pieces of the puzzle at the 20.

Someone had to be on the other end of the Robert Griffin deep passes. Wright was a disaster at the Combine struggling to hit the 4.6 mark, and while he plays faster and was much, much better at his pro day, the Indy workout was still a big concern. A great athlete who's as smooth as silk, he's a finesse target who can hit the home run from anywhere on the field. Shifty, he cuts on a dime and can get into the open with one move. While he's not a physical receiver, he can take a shot and doesn't wilt. Was he that good or was he a part of a Baylor system that inflates numbers? It might have been a little bit of both, but the biggest problem is his lack of size and bulk among the top prospects. The frame isn't there to add more weight and he'll never block anyone, but that won't be his job. There's still room to improve and there's even more upside to his game after a great college career, and with the want-to and the No. 1 receiver attitude he should be a dangerous pro.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Second Round

OLB Zach Brown, North Carolina 6-1, 244
Overall Pick No. 52 CFN Overall Ranking: 53
CFN Analysis: There are boom or bust picks, and there's Brown, who could be a dream of a weakside linebacker. Will he be physical enough for the Tennessee defense? If nothing else, the Titans just got a whole lot faster and more athletic, and while there are mega-negatives to Brown's game, he's a good chance worth taking here. He's too much of a freak of athletic nature to not be wroth a mid-second round flier.

Fast, fast, fast. While he might not be an elite all-around football player, linebackers with 4.4 wheels aren't common, and at the very least Brown can be used as a speed rusher who does nothing but fly into the backfield on third downs. He beefed up a bit for the Combine and wasn't quite as fast as expected, but he can move. The speed translates to the field, reeling in runners like he's pulling them in. He'll need seasoning and he'll need to have the right coach to maximize his phenomenal athletic skills. Just okay against the run and not quite as productive as he probably should've been, there are warning flags and concerns, but on pure speed he's worth the risk. There's a good chance he's just scratching the surface.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Third Round

DT Mike Martin, Michigan 6-1, 306
Overall Pick No. 82 CFN Overall Ranking: 55
CFN Analysis: The Titans aren't going to get the interior pass rush they might need out of Martin, but he'll be a starter who'll do all the little things right and will always bring the A effort. A pass rushing end is a must later on to help out the newly acquired Kamerion Wimbley, but Martin will be a strong part of the rotation inside.

Always working, he has the heart of a lion with a relentless motor and a non-stop ability to keep moving and keep trying to make things happen. The problem is that he was able to wear down college blockers on want-to and hustle, and that won't happen at the next level. Even so, he's the perfect tackle to work around several bigger players, and he'll be a pain in he'll be the pain in several offensive guards' sides with his activity. But there's a hard ceiling on what he can do. Short and with no room to get any bigger, this is it. Not a pass rusher, there's a limit on where he can play, but some coaching staff will love to have him.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Fourth Round

CB Coty Sensabaugh, Clemson 5-11, 189
Overall Pick No. 115  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
CFN Analysis: There's good upside with terrific uncoachable speed – hanging around the sub-4.4 range – and with good fighting ability when it comes to the bigger receivers and he's a good leader who won't dog it. However, he'll get pushed around and he didn't do much over his career when the ball was in the air. He could be great in nickel and dime packages and will have to be a special teamer in some way as a possible returner, but with his speed he can be used in a variety of ways.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Fifth Round

DE Taylor Thompson, SMU 6-6, 266
Overall Pick No. 145 CFN Overall Ranking: 211

With excellent size and a terrific frame, he lost weight and got quicker but can easily get back up to 280 and become a 3-4 end. Strong, he holds up well against the run but has decent interior quickness moving like a much smaller player. A solid all-around defender, he has a high ceiling with the chance to become a nice mid-round pick who could stick as a productive backup. Can he keep the foot on the gas all the time? He doesn't bring the lumber on every play and it shows as an inconsistent pass rusher, and he's still trying to figure out all the little things to do to become great. It's all there, but he needs the right coach to be creative and unlock all the potential.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round  

Sixth Round

S Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State (FS) 6-1, 207
Overall Pick No. 190 CFN Overall Ranking: 52
Very, very strong, he put up 19 reps and the Combine and translates the weight room strength to the field. Big and with decent range, he's a highlight reel hitter who could be an intimidating force in just about any defensive system. When he gets a bead on a receiver or a ball-carrier, it's over. However, he tends to try too hard to go for the kill shot rather than simply come up with the run of the mill tackle and he needs to get it in his head that the routine is okay. While he's not elite in pass coverage, he's athletic enough to get by and makes up for most of his mistakes by coming up with the big plays at the key times. A great guy and a good leader, he has the potential to be a nice part of any secondary, even though he won't necessarily be a star.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Seventh Round

DE Scott Solomon, Rice 6-3, 262
Overall Pick No. 211 CFN Overall Ranking: 214
A hard-working pass rusher who's consistently good at getting into the backfield, he showed off insane strength at the Combine with 34 reps. The strength translates to the field with the fire to push his way around to make a play. With decent size, he holds up well and has an explosive blast off the ball to go along with great quickness to zip past the lumbering linemen. However, he's not fast and he came up with most of his production against the weak and the sad. The problem is that he doesn't really fit a type. He's not really an outside linebacker and he's not quite big enough to become a top end. He'll have to be a good backup in a variety of roles to make a roster.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

Seventh Round

WR Rishard Matthews, Nevada
Overall Pick No. 227   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent