Saturday
Feb252017

296 - Titans Free Agency and Pre-Draft Potentials

Thursday
Feb162017

YouTube Episode 1

Thursday
Jan262017

Draft Class - Top 5 Cornerbacks

 

The 2016 season was so much better than most pundits predicted, but as fans we were not blinded to the still glaring weaknesses that this team still has. Probably the most glaring of all was the cornerback position. It was so glaring that that one of the starters was cut in the middle of the season (Perrish Cox). So, I have compiled my pick for the top CBs available for the 2017 NFL Draft. Something else to mention here is that the Titans have the #5 and #18 overall picks in the draft. The CB class is so deep that it is highly unlikely that the Titans will choose a CB in either of these top 2 picks. Since the Titans do not have any 2nd round picks, I expect them to trade down one of the two 1st round picks to obtain at least one second round pick. Here is the most likely place the first CB taken by the Titans. Typically, teams do not take CBs in the 1st round unless they are a true game changer, and although there are several highly touted individuals in this draft, I don't believe the Titans will change protocol this season.

#1. Jalen “Teez” Tabor, University of Florida
     - 6’ 0”, 201 lbs
     - Last measured 40 time: 4.49
     - Career College Stats
         * 65 solo, 39 assists, 104 total tackles, 11 for a loss
          * 4 sacks
          * 8 interceptions
          * 3 TDs
          * 3 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble
          * 28 passes defensed

 Pros

Has excellent size, versatility and ball skills
Has success playing both press and off coverage  
Shows an impressive closing burst and he is very ball aware
Has makeup speed to recover from mistakes
Matches up well against smaller, quicker receivers and bigger, more physical receivers
Is a feisty, extremely confident player
Extremely aggressive in coverage
Tries to strip the ball away from the offensive player
Extremely quick feet
Long arms, great ball skills

Cons

Misses too many tackles especially in the run game
Sloppy hand techniques 

NFL Comparison

Josh Norman

#2. Marlon Humphrey, University of Alabama
     - 6’ 1”, 198 lbs.
     - Last measured 40 time: 4.48
     - Career College Stats
          * 61 solo tackles 20 assists, 81 total tackles, 6.5 for a loss
          * 5 interceptions
          * 1 TD
          * 3 forced fumbles
          * 13 passes defensed

Pros

Allowed just 31 receptions from the 62 passes thrown into his coverage, for 539 yards and two touchdowns, while breaking up seven passes and picking off three more
One of the best athletes in college football
Not just a finesse player; incredibly tough
Plays special teams too; one of the fastest players in kick coverage
Will be a 2nd generation NFL Player (Bobby Humphrey - RB)
Plays physical in coverage
Attacks downhill on screens and slants
Great potential 
Probably the best fit for the Titans 

Cons

Very raw on technique
Faster receivers can beat him deep along the sidelines 

NFL Comparison

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

#3. Sidney Jones, University of Washington
     - 6’ 0”, 181 lbs.
     - Last measured 40 time: 4.52
     - Career College Stats
         * 105 solo tackles, 40 assists, 145 total tackles, 8.5 for a loss
          * 1 sack
          * 8 interceptions
          * 1 TD
          * 21 passes defensed
          * 3 fumble recoveries
          * 6 forced fumbles

 Pros

Good in press coverage
Great eyes for watching the QB and the WR
Good at jumping routes
Prioritizes ball over the man
Solid recovery quickness

Cons

May be too slender for the NFL
Downfield speed may be lacking
Footwork need improving
Hip turn is awkward
Physical receivers can keep him out of run support
Has lockdown corner talent, but needs to add bulk

NFL Comparison

Marcus Peters

#4. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State University
     - 6’ 0”, 192 lbs.
     - Last measured 40 time: 4.50
     - Career College Stats
         * 34 solo tackles ,11 assists, 45 total tackles, 1 tackle for a loss
          * 4 interceptions
          * 1 TD
          * 11 passes defensed 

Pros

 Good overall size, length, and reach
His long arms help him break up passes and potentially bring down interceptions
Has the speed to turn and run with most receivers
A true shutdown corner
A reliable tackler
Has elite change of direction abilities
Lightning quick feet
Plays with no fear

Cons

 Has had limited playing time
His legs might not be 100%
Strong receivers are able to control him during run blocking

NFL Comparison

Vontae Davis

#5. Desmond King, University of Iowa
     - 5’ 11”, 203 lbs.
     - Last measured 40 time: 4.54
     - Career College Stats
         * 174 solo, 89 assists, 264 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss
          * 14 interceptions
          * 2 TDs
          * 33 passes defensed
          * 3 fumble recoveries
          * 1 forced fumbles

Pros

Not the typical prototype, but he’s the exception to the rule
Has excellent movement
Incredibly physical in coverage and in run support
Has the ability to quickly diagnose and close on the ball
Extreme physicality
Excellent run support
High football IQ
Great tackler
Experience in the return game

Cons

Struggles with larger WRs
Gets beaten on long sideline routes

NFL Comparison

Antoine Winfield

Conclusion

Any one of these would be fine additions, but a couple of them might not be long-term solutions. If the Titans indeed make a trade that gives them picks in the second round, and if Tabor or Humphrey are available, then either of them would be a great addition. I tend to lean toward Marlon Humphrey, but players from Alabama haven't worked out as well as the team had hoped.

 

Friday
Jan062017

295 - Titans End of Season Discussion

Friday
Dec232016

294 - Titans @ Chiefs Review & Titans @ Jaguars Preview