Reviewing the draft: Tennessee Titans
Vince Young winning TD

Posted May 23, 2006


With another top ten selection, rumors swirled as to who the Titans would choose with the third pick of the draft. As is the case almost every April, there was a lot of tension in Tennessee’s war room prior to the main event.

It became clear the week preceding the draft Floyd Reese was going to win out over the coaching staff and Vince Young would be selected by the franchise instead of Matt Leinart. In Young the Titans general manager envisions a better version of Steve McNair, yet there is plenty of risk involved with this selection. Putting aside the fact Young is a monumental project and needs work from the ground up, the coaching staff is now stuck with a player they did not want. Factor in Jeff Fisher and company will be out the door next year if the team does not have a winning season, which means Young then must become acquainted with a new coaching staff and offensive system. This pick has all the earmarks for a disaster. In similar fashion Lendale White was also a risky pick. After all the problems surrounding White in the months before the draft one must ask; why would a team with the likes of Pac Man Jones and Travis Henry already on the roster select him in round two? Calvin Lowry and Stephen Tulloch are both solid players yet would’ve been available later in the draft. Terna Nande could turn into a bargain in round five as could Jesse Mahelona, who was great value. Jonathan Orr was worth the risk of a sixth round choice and Quinton Ganther was a steal in the final frame.

The Titans moved from pick number 39 to the 45th selection and in return received a 4th round choice from the Eagles, which was excellent value. They then gave away a fourth selection in round seven, pick number 238, to the division rival Colts. In return they received a 6th round choice in the ’07 draft.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

3

Young, Vince

QB

Texas

2

45

White, LenDale

RB

USC

4

102

Lowry, Calvin

SS

Penn St

4

116

Tulloch, Stephen

ILB

North Carolina St

5

137

Nande, Terna

OLB

Miami-Oh

5

169

Mahelona, Jesse

DT

Tennessee

6

172

Orr, Jonathan

WR

Wisconsin

7

215

Finnegan, Cortland

FS

Samford

7

245

Toone, Spencer

OLB

Utah

7

246

Ganther, Quinton

RB

Utah



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