Draft weekend has ended, and now everybody gets to critique their respective team’s choices. I have to say that I am pretty pleased with the Titans.
Sure, we didn’t get the “big” names, but sometimes that is a blessing. All six players are able to contribute almost immediately and give some depth in places we had been lacking. I heard a few sports personalities discussing running back Bishop Sankey, who was a fourth-round pick, and a couple said he has Chris Johnson-like speed.
I think he will be a great complement to Shonn Green and Jackie Battle in the run game this season and General Manager Ruston Webster spoke highly of the young man following the draft.
“His running style is I think what succeeds in the league. He’s got great vision and feet, he runs after contact, and he can do more than that. He can catch the ball and do some things out of the backfield,” Webster said.
The Titans also addressed my concern on the roster by drafting Zach Mettenberger out of Louisiana State University with a sixth-round pick. Webster himself said while talking with Mike Keith after the draft that he “felt like we needed that competition at that position.” I couldn’t agree more.
“Mettenberger was a player that probably could have gone higher,” Webster said. “He’s got size, terrific arm strength, he throws the ball well, he’s coming out of a pro-style offense. We felt like he was a good fit.”
I think overall the six picks the Titans carried into draft weekend will end up being good fits into new coach Ken Whisenhunt’s system, and I’m looking forward to the two-toned blue’s upcoming training camps to see just what we can expect come preseason. I, like most fans I’d be willing to bet, am rather hoping to end the playoff drought this year. I love watching the Titans play regardless, but it makes things much sweeter when you get to watch your team through January. And, if you get lucky, that first Sunday in February. It’s been a long time since that fateful Super Bowl in 2004. Maybe this year will be a turning point for a team that has been a bit lackluster lately.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.