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Tennessee Titans 2014 NFL Draft Review
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
1 (11) - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan; 2 (54) - Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington; 4 (112) - DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State; 4 (122) - Marqueston Huff, FS, Wyoming; 5 (151) - Avery Williamson, ILB, Kentucky; 6 (178) - Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU;
Top Picks Analysis: With Michael Roos and Michael Oher on board, tackle wasn't really a need in Nashville but general manager Ruston Webster surveyed the landscape at No. 11 overall and decided Michigan's Taylor Lewan was the best player available.
It's hard to argue with that logic because Lewan has the prototypical length and athletic ability to play tackle in the NFL for a decade or so.
Running back was a need for the Titans because the team moved on from Chris Johnson in the offseason and Washington's Bishop Sankey will have every opportunity to become the bell cow. The second-round pick has a lot of Emmitt Smith qualities in that he is an all-around volume back who does everything pretty well.
Best Value Pick: Tennessee wanted some competition for Jake Locker and they got it in the sixth round with former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who has tremendous size and perhaps the best arm strength in this draft. A diluted urine sample at the scouting combine and some injury concerns pushed Mettenberger down the board.
Questionable Calls: Linebacker Avery Williamson, the Titans' fifth-round pick out of Kentucky, lacks the speed and athletic ability to be anything more than a two-down run stuffer.
Summary: The Titans sandwiched this draft with Lewan, a very good choice, and Mettenberger, a potential steal. In between it was largely by the numbers, run-of-the-mill stuff.
FINAL GRADE: B
Undrafted rookie free agent signings: WR Jaz Reynolds, Oklahoma; C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma; TE David Wright, Westminster; RB Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky; DB Gabriel Lynn, Oklahoma; DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech; WR Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State; WR Eric Ward, Texas Tech; K Travis Coons, Washington; OL Justin McCaray, Central Florida; DE Jamall Marell, Rutgers; S Hakeem Smith, Louisville; WR Derel Walker, Texas A&M; CB Rishard Anderson, Syracuse; OL William Poehls, Montana
05/13 15:42:16 ET