Ah, the 2004 draft. This is, alas, the last draft before I started blogging the draft, so you'll have to rely on my somewhat hazy recollections of what I thought about the picks at the time.
The Titans came into the 2004 draft off a 12-4 season where some close regular season losses had left them with an unfavorable spin of the roulette wheel in the evenly matched top 4 of the AFC, resulting in a 17-14 loss in bitter cold at New England. GM Floyd Reese managed to keep the core of the team intact, but the Titans had a great need for depth.
The initial storyline of this year's draft for the Titans was the sheer number of players they ended up selecting, 13 in all, of whom 12 would eventually make the team. The big reason they had so many picks was the great Jason Babin trade, where the Texans traded up to the Titans' #27 overall slot to draft the hybrid DE/OLB. In exchange for that pick, plus the Titans' 5th round pick, #159 overall, used by the Jaguars on T Sean Bubin, the Titans picked up the Texans' 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th round picks.
As for the players chosen with those picks, well, after the jump: