Wednesday
May042011

Grading The Draft - 2008

I don't think it is fully fair to grade a draft where the players haven't played a single down in the NFL (one of same reasons I think the rookies are paid far too much money). However, that being said, I do believe that you can grade out the draft from 3 years ago.

I have struggled with mathmatical formulas on making a draft a less subjective thing, but the more I try the more I come across the distinct realization that judging the performance of a draft class is anything but exact. If anyone out there thinks they have the perfect way, I am all ears.

So here goes (through my inexact "scientific" manor).

1st Round:

Chris JohnsonChris Johnson - RB - East Carolina

Grade: A

This has to be the surprise of the draft. Who would have guessed that we would take yet another running back after our history of recent failure in drafting someone in that role, and with LenDale White (at the time) as our heir apparant to the job. 

However, look at the stats for CJ so far:

Season Team   Rushing Receiving Fumbles
  G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2010 Tennessee Titans 16 16 316 1,364 4.3 76T 11 44 245 5.6 25 1 3 2
 
2009 Tennessee Titans 16 16 358 2,006 5.6 91T 14 50 503 10.1 69T 2 3 3
 
2008 Tennessee Titans 15 14 251 1,228 4.9 66T 9 43 260 6.0 25 1 1 1

 

That's almost 4,600 yards in 3 seasons in rushing alone. This was the slamdunk no one saw coming.

 

2nd Round: 

Jason Jones - DT - Eastern Michigan

Grade: A-

 Another pleasant surprise. He hasn't put up huge numbers, but he has been a definite presence in the middle. Let's just say this... he is no Albert Haynesworth, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. He may be a little lean (276 lbs.) for that huge run stuffer we desire, and he does seem a little injury prone. I think that can be attributed to the fact that he doesn't have the mass to take the pounding that is inflicted on interior linemen. He hasn't played a full 16-game season yet, although he did start 15 last season. I initially thought of him as a solid A, but his durability is such an issue I had to drop it to A-.

Season Team   Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
  G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2010 Tennessee Titans 15 15 39 34 5 3.5 -- 3 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 3
 
2009 Tennessee Titans 7 0 15 9 6 4.0 -- 5 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
 
2008 Tennessee Titans 13 3 31 24 7 5.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 3

 

3rd Round:

Craig Stevens - TE - California

Grade: B-

He is a solid player and has shown some definite promise. He is used far too often on blocking downs to show his pass catching abilities. In 2009 he didn't even have a catch, but played in 12 games. However, that was the year that CJ gained over 2,000 yards. He is a solid blocker and can catch the ball when given the chance, and in 2010 he did have 2 TDs. He has sat behind Bo Scaife and Alge Crumpler which is another reason his numbers are on the miniscule end. I think 2011 will be the season that will make or break him with the Titans. 

Season Team   Receiving Rushing Fumbles
  G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2010 Tennessee Titans 15 13 11 122 11.1 28 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
 
2009 Tennessee Titans 12 2 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
 
2008 Tennessee Titans 16 2 1 9 9.0 9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

 

4th Round (3 picks):

William Hayes - DE - Winston-Salem State

Grade: B-

Hayes has been a real surprise and has better numbers than Jason Jones. However, until last season, his durability was in question as well. Once again, his mass may be a little light for the defensive line. He is 272 lbs., but an extra 5 or 10 pounds might give him that extra cushion he needs. He didn't start any games in 2010, and this could be the sign that with players like Derrick Morgan coming back and rookies Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, and Zach Clayton in the mix, he will get plenty of competition and may be on the bubble of training camp cuts (if we have training camp).

Season Team   Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
  G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2010 Tennessee Titans 14 0 32 25 7 1.5 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
 
2009 Tennessee Titans 16 11 51 31 20 4.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 2
 
2008 Tennessee Titans 8 0 13 10 3 1.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1

 


Lavelle Hawkins - WR - California

Grade: D

"Hawk," quite possibly, is one of our biggest disappointments as of late. He is one of those players that shows plenty of talent during the preseason, but just doesn't bring it when it counts. He was also supposed to be the new return man, but never could get out of his own way. He has now been supplanted in that job by Marc Mariani, and is always in danger of being cut. Several times he has been on the list of inactive players, but not because of injuries. I am of the opinion that he will not be on the 2011 roster unless he shows some significant improvement.

Season Team   Receiving Rushing Fumbles
  G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2010 Tennessee Titans 6 0 5 61 12.2 24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
 
2009 Tennessee Titans 10 0 7 110 15.7 32 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
 
2008 Tennessee Titans 13 1 7 68 9.7 19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

 


Stanford Keglar - LB - Purdue

Grade: D+

Although Keglar was a good special teams player, he never surfaced beyond that. He seems to have all the physical attributes, but not the talent to take a starting role. On September 5, 2010 the Titans waived him and he was signed by the Texans.

Season Team   Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
  G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2010 Houston Texans 10 0 4 3 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
 
2009 Tennessee Titans 12 0 6 5 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
 
2008 Tennessee Titans 13 0 12 10 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0

 

Round 7

Cary Williams - DB - Washburn

Grade: F

Williams only showed slight glimmers of talent in a few preseason games, but overall was a huge disappointment. He was waived the same year he was drafted, but resigned to the practice squad. He returned to the active roster in December 2008 only to be placed on IR. He was cut from the squad again in 2009 (due to the signing of a punter), but again was resigned to the practice squad. He was once again signed to the active roster on October 2009, but was waived again in November yet again to be resigned to the practice squad. That is where the Ravens eventually found him.

Season Team   Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
  G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2010 Baltimore Ravens 13 0 6 5 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
 
2009 Baltimore Ravens 5 1 8 8 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
 
2009 Tennessee Titans 4 0 12 7 5 0.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
 
2008 Tennessee Titans 1 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- --

 

*NOTE: Another player was picked up during the draft due to a trade with the Seahawks: Bryce Fisher. Another overall bust for us on the defensive line. 

After reviewing this draft class, it appears this is a tale of 2 drafts. The top half of the draft is a productive group with flashes of greatness, but the bottom half of the draft is a mere footnote of Titans history.

Overall Grade: B+ to A- (it's my blog, I can do that if I want)

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