|Player||Draft||Team(s)||Catches||Year of Career|
|Kyle Brady||#1||NYJ/JAX||64||6th (2000)|
|Dallas Clark||#1||IND||58||5th (2007)|
|Russ Francis||#1||NE||41||6th (1980)|
|Bruce Hardy||#9||MIA||54||9th (1986)|
|Rodney Holman||#3||CIN||40||5th (1986)|
|Brian Kinchen||#12||MIA/CLE||55||9th (1996)|
|Pete Metzelaars||#3||SEA/BUF||49||5th (1986)|
|Jay Novacek||#6||CRD/DAL||59||6th (1990)|
|Marcus Pollard||UDFA||IND||47||7th (2001)|
|Visanthe Shiancoe||#3||NYG/MIN||42||6th (2008)|
|Mickey Shuler||#3||NYJ||68||7th (1984)|
|Wesley Walls||#2||SF/NO||57||6th (1995)|
This is the part of the Titans offence that concerns mean the most (well, second most... Locker is still the biggest question mark). I don't believe Delaney Walker can be an effective pass catching tight end. He has done nothing in his first 7 years to show that he is capable of being even a good receiver. He dropped a quarter of the passes thrown his way last year. He only caught 21 passes. He is only 6 feet tall. And he doesn't have great speed. I hope he proves me wrong, but at this point, I would count this year a success for him if he catches 30 balls and blocks well enough for CJ to get to 1500 yards.
I am hoping that Taylor Thompson makes a big jump this year and can be that huge target that Locker can find over the middle.
I am only concerned about his drop rate... I think he will get open enough but obviously he has to get the ball thrown his way enough and when it's thrown his way make the catch. Sounds easier than it is. My main reason for thinking it is possible is exactly the reason why he left San Fran. "I want to be THE guy". People forget he was drafted 5 rounds after the 49ers already invested in Vernon Davis. Vernon has been exceptional when given the opportunities. Last year the 49ers virtually split targets between Davis and Walker (which baffled me given Vernons 61 targets which over the three prior years he had 129, 93 and 95 targets. Point being besides this last year Walker understandably has played second fiddle to the unquestionably better TE who rightfully so was drafted 6th overall by the same team who drafted Walker that same year 6th overall....in the 6th round.
Walker has the opportunity, Loggains won't be shy about creating mismatches with the speedy TE.
Walkers biggest obstacles are the QB's ability to give him catchable balls, limiting the terrible drop rate he had in 2012, the teams much improved offensive unit as a whole (especially at WR).
I don't think history applies to him. It isn't a lack of talent (we haven't seen enough to suggest he can't do it) as much as a lack of opportunity in which he currently has. Walker joins Locker and CJ on my list of guys who don't enter 2013 with an excuse to not succeed given the offensive upgrades in personnel, opportunity and scheme.
I think 50-60 catches are about right if his knee holds up.