Draft Grades – Tennessee Titans
I’m going to be looking at the fantasy repercussions of the 2013 Draft and giving out a few grades and rankings. The grades mostly focus on fantasy-relevant positions, but I’ll also be examining overall positional value and strategy. It goes without saying that there’s an informational gap between what the teams have at their disposal and what I have. On the other hand, the great thing about being an outsider is that the informational gap often runs the other direction as well.
No. 18 Tennessee Titans Grade: C-
Tennessee deserves plaudits for intent and demerits for execution as they try to build around Jake Locker. Contrary to what you may have heard on ESPN’s draft coverage, Locker has been better as an NFL quarterback than he was at the University of Washington. PFF’s game charting shows that Locker wasn’t as inaccurate as people believe in 2012, but the combination of poor blocking, dropped passes, suspect game plans, and injuries to Locker himself have created a make-or-break 2013 for almost everyone in Bud Adams’ employ.
Chance Warmack is questionable positional value at No. 10 overall, but with Warmack and Andy Levitre the Titans should manage a semblance of run/pass balance. Justin Hunter represents one of the draft’s biggest swing-for-the-fences picks. Hunter actually owns a worse DR/HaSS profile than Lions 6th round pick Corey Fuller, and there are legitimate concerns about his supposedly electric athleticism. He still may have the most upside of any receiver in the draft. Tennessee will field a ton of talent at WR in 2013, but Kendall Wright may be miscast in an underneath role. It’s easy to think the Titans would have been better off with an elite mid-range threat like Keenan Allen or Stedman Bailey.
On defense, the Titans selection of Blidi Wreh-Wilson is odd. PFF loves both Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner, while Tennessee seems invested in Tommie Campbell. Meanwhile, the safety position was a disaster in 2012 and went largely unaddressed. Adding Bernard Pollard – one of the worst people in the entire NFL by most accounts – doesn’t paper over the deficiencies.