NFL Draft Day 2: Music City Motherload
The Tennessee Titans went into Day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft with three 2nd round picks, and the first pick in the 3rd round. After moving out of the first overall pick in the draft, the Titans acquired some extra, early round draft picks, and still got their OT, Jack Conklin. Day 2 was about stacking the defense, and getting an offensive weapon. The Titans draft DE Kevin Dodd with the 33rd pick, DT Austin Johnson with the 43rd pick, RB Derrick Henry with the 45th pick, and S Kevin Byard with the 64th pick.
Kevin Dodd- DE (Clemson) Dodd is 6’5 and 277 lbs. He shows above average speed for a player at his position, and his size. He is not a run stuffer, but has the speed and agility to dart around the edge, and rush the passer effectively. The Titans have questions at the defensive end position, so taking a chance on a guy with a high motor is a good gamble. If Dodd stays healthy, which is a current issue for Titans defensive ends, he could be a big asset for Dick LeBeau’s 3-4 scheme.
Austin Johnson- DT (Penn State) Johnson is 6’4 and 315 lbs. Another guy with a high motor. That 315 lbs is built into a powerful frame. He fights the whole time and is not satisfied sitting on blocks, he wants the tackle. He uses his power effectively when the pads are low. He has work to do improving on his technique, but most defensive linemen do making the jump from college to pros. This is another good pick for the Titans who clearly had an agenda of getting better in the trenches.
Derrick Henry- RB (Alabama) Derrick Henry is the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner. He closed out his college career carrying the ball 36 times for 167 yards and 3 TD’s in the National Championship win. He is 6’3 and 245 lbs. He is a north-south banger. Very explosive and powerful up the field. Not as strong running laterally. Takes long strides with that power style. He also clocks above average speed for his size. A great addition for the Titans who are looking to establish more of a power run style. Look for him to get touches from the start.
Kevin Byard- S (Middle Tenn St.) Byard is 5’11 and 215 lbs. He is an all-around good athlete. He has great awareness and has a knack for finding the ball in the air. He holds the MTSU record for career interceptions. Great speed and great leaper. He played receiver in high school and is good at scanning routes. Smooth technique while getting into position. He is not the most hard-hitting or intimidating guy in the backfield. His strength is coming out of nowhere, and out jumping you for the ball. Byard is a rare talent of great athleticism, and high football IQ.
Going into the second night of the NFL Draft, and having four picks on the night, I wanted to see the Titans stack up on the defensive side of the ball, and draft another offensive skill position. Jon Robinson, Mike Mularkey, Dick LeBeau, and the executive team, accomplished that.
I was actually thinking more along the lines of a receiver, than a RB, but they still filled another hole with Derrick Henry. I heard some media crushing the pick of Henry. Fact is, the days of one dominant running back, dominating the carries, is over. You have to have two running backs to effectively run the ball. If you only have one running back, you don’t have a reliable running game. Just because you acquired DeMarco Murray, doesn’t mean your running game is solved. Titans running backs had less than ten touchdowns total last season. I applaud the move to get Henry. Bottom line is you got the Heisman Trophy winner with your fourth selection in the draft.
Again, I probably would have looked for a receiver with the 2nd round pick, and a running back more like the 4th round. But still, a pick that could pan out, and at the very least garners fan excitement.
After the recent years the Titans fanbase has had, it’s all about giving them hope, and giving them more talent. Three months into his tenure as Titans GM, Jon Robinson, has proven he is all about that.
The Titans 2016 draft concludes Saturday with the 1st pick in the 5th Round, the 1st and 18th pick in the 6th Round, and finally the 1st pick in the 7th Round. Unless of course a trade occurs.
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