The Tennessee Titans added to their secondary depth by taking Utah S Robert Johnson with the 17th pick in the 5th round, 148th overall in the 2010 NFL draft.
Like 4th rounder William Hayes, Johnson was not invited to the Combine but was a 1st-team All Mountain West Conference selection in 2009 for the Utes. He needs to add strength and improve his man coverage skills, especially in his backpedal and hip flexibility, but is a very good zone player who can potentially develop into a starter. Like Verner, his immediate impact will likely be on special teams and it's unlikely he'd be ready to replace Chris Hope next year, but Hope does have 2 years remaining on his deal.
I know I wasn't big on the Hayes pick, but it's worked out better than I thought it would and Johnson fits this year's theme of guys who were very productive in college.
What do you think of this pick? Happy with the Titans' new-found focus on production?
With the pick they just acquired from Seattle in exchange for LenDale White, the Tennessee Titans added some depth at the CB position by selecting CB Alterraun Verner of UCLA.
Verner's described as being a scrappy, undersized corner who makes up for his lack of size with a high level of toughness. He's a guy who will probably make an impact initially on special teams but with his competitive nature, maybe he can emerge as a contributor down the road.
Selecting Verner continues this year's draft trend of the Titans picking up players who produced on the college level at big-time programs.
Any thoughts on this selection? Feel free to comment below.
In breaking news, the Tennessee Titans have acquired an additional 4th round pick (selection #104) in exchange for the running back formerly known as Smash, LenDale White.
White was made expendable due to the emergence of all-world RB Chris Johnson.
With White's departure, expect CJ to continue to carry the load, with Javon Ringer being the guy behind him. Also, don't be surprised to see the Titans draft a RB to replace White on the depth chart at some point today.
With the 97th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the compensatory pick obtained for Albert Haynesworth, the Titans added to their linebacker depth by taking former Georgia LB Rennie Curran.
Curran played weakside linebacker for the Bulldogs and led the team in tackles in both 2008 and 2009 from that position. He was also named to Sporting News's Midseason All-American Team and first-team All-SEC in 2009.
He declared for the draft after his junior season. The primary knock on him is he's a short at only 5'10 1/2", but he was an outstanding playmaker and the first Georgia player in over a decade to have consecutive 100+ tackle seasons. If that sort of profile sounds a little familiar, it's because it's an excellent match for Stephen Tulloch as a 4th round draft pick out of NC State.
If you're looking for Curran's future, he'll be the backup MLB and pencil him into the starting spot in the middle after Tulloch leaves as a free agent after the 2010 season.