The scouting report on Clayton says he's another quick but not especially big or strong guy. He won't win any battles of strength on the line of scrimmage. I thought we were trying to get bigger, more powerful d-linemen but maybe that was a misconception. However, if Tracy Rocker gave his approval to this, I'll try not to think too many negative thoughts, even though NFL Draft Scout ranked him the 26th best DT and 329th best overall player.
Clayton will join third-round pick Jurrell Casey and fifth-round pick Karl Klug in the competition for a spot in the DT rotation, assuming the Titans don't try moving Klug out to DE.
I don't think that the Titans drafted Klug to be a DT. He is not a DT in the NFL. He is too small, but he is quick and has some pass rush moves. I think they drafted him to be a DE on first and second downs, on obvious running plays and to move inside on passing downs. I suspect this means that at least two of Ball, Babin and Ford will be gone this year. The Titans want to get bigger at DE - that has been the new mantra - and they certainly have accomplished that through this draft. The Klug comparison to Vanden Boch is appropriate and I hope that he can develop into a similar player. As for the DT position, the Titans only have three guys on the current roster that will make it to September - Jones, Brown and Marks. Two of them are injury-prone (Brown may never regain his form after his knee injury) and Marks has been less than stellar. With that in mind, DT was a big need for the Titans in this draft and I, for one, am thrilled that they went out and picked up two guys (Casey and Clayton) that will help out in the DT rotation.