Tennessee Titans: Top 10 Prospects

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Scout.com's Chris Steuber continues the top 10 prospects series and closes out the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans. In this series, an NFL prospect is classified as a player entering their third year in the NFL or under 25 years of age. Find out who the Titans top 10 prospects are entering the 2010 season.

Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
RB
5-11
200
3
24

There are very few players that have made an impact the way that Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has entering his third year in the NFL. A two-time Pro Bowler and the 2009 Offensive Player of the Year, Johnson had a historic sophomore season where he rushed for 2,006 yards on 358 carries (5.6 YPC) and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 50 passes for 503 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson is the top prospect and player in the Titans organization, and while it may seem ridiculous to call Johnson a prospect, in this series he qualifies as such given his time in the league. But, of all the third year players in the NFL, Johnson is hands down the best and should be considered a top 10 player in the NFL.

Drafted by Tennessee in the 1st Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
6-3
218
2
21

Prior to the '09 draft, Kenny Britt was labeled as a character risk and a potential locker room cancer. Britt was anything but that as a rookie and performed brilliantly on the field to the tune of 42 receptions for 701 yards and three touchdowns. He displayed No. 1 WR ability in his first year, and moving forward the Titans are expecting Britt to be the go-to-guy for Vince Young.

Drafted by Tennessee in the 1st Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DE
6-3
266
R
21

A two-year starter at Georgia Tech, Morgan developed into one of the best defensive ends in the country over the last two years. Since becoming a starter in 2008, Morgan amassed 106 tackles, 28 for a loss, and 19.5 sacks. With the loss of Kyle Vanden Bosch during free agency and the team not bringing back Jevan Kearse, Morgan became an attractive selection and will get an opportunity to start and earn his place as the No. 3 prospect in the organization.

Drafted by Tennessee in the 1st Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DE
6-3
272
3
25

When Tennessee selected William Hayes in the fourth round a couple of years ago, he was a prospect not listed on many draft boards. But, after he ran a 4.59 at his Pro Day prior to the '08 draft, teams took notice, especially the Titans. As a rookie, Hayes played in eight games and recorded 13 tackles and a sack. His first year was used as an introductory season, but this past year, he showed signs of becoming a quality pass rusher. As a starter in 11 of the 16 games he played, Hayes registered 51 tackles and four sacks. The Titans are hoping that Hayes and Morgan can grow together this season and replace the departed veterans.

Drafted by Tennessee in the 4th Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
6-1
197
R
22

A two-year starter at USC, Damian Williams, a former Arkansas recruit, left the Razorbacks after the 2006 season and enrolled at USC in 2007 and sat out the entire year. Williams had a breakthrough sophomore season in ’08 for the Trojans and finished with a team-high in receptions (58) and receiving yards (869), while catching nine touchdown passes. The Titans have focused on the wide receiver position the last few years in the draft and are trying to surround Young with playmakers on the outside. Williams will push veterans Nate Washington and Justin Gage for a starting job this summer; either way, the Titans have a solid tandem in place for the future with Williams and Britt.

Drafted by Tennessee in the 3rd Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
TE
6-5
246
2
23

An athletic freak at the tight end position, Jared Cook has the ability to develop into a big time playmaker over the middle. A third round pick a year ago, Cook primarily played on special teams and was used in a backup role at tight end last season. He finished his rookie campaign with just nine receptions for 74 yards. Craig Stevens is currently listed as the No. 2 TE behind starter Bo Scaife, due to his blocking ability. But, Cook's athleticism and overall ability could elevate him over Stevens before the season opens.

Drafted by Tennessee in the 3rd Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DT
6-5
280
3
24

Jason Jones is an interesting player, because he could be rated higher on this list. But, being placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury after playing in just seven games last year decreased his value a little bit. Even though he played in seven games in '09, Jones still managed to post 15 tackles and four sacks. Entering his third year, the former second round pick is expected to star in a rotational role, and, if he stays healthy, could eventually become a starter.

Drafted by Tennessee in the 2nd Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
LB
6-3
231
2
24

After a productive collegiate career at Southern Miss, Gerald McRath was the fourth round selection of the Titans in '09. A versatile defender, McRath played in all 16 games, starting five, and recorded 47 tackles and an interception. The signing of veteran Will Witherspoon will keep McRath in a backup role this season, but if injuries occur as they did last year, McRath gives the Titans a reliable option.

Drafted by Tennessee in the 4th Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
CB
6-0
193
2
22

The second of two Rutgers draft picks by the Titans in '09, Jason McCourty was a solid contributor on defense last season. The twin brother of New England Patriots 2010 first round pick Devin McCourty, Jason played in 15 games, starting three, and had 29 tackles as a rookie. McCourty is projected to be a starter this year, but he will compete with '09 third round pick Ryan Mouton this summer for that distinction.

Drafted by Tennessee in the 6th Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
RB
5-9
205
2
23

An impressive career at Michigan State wasn't good enough for Javon Ringer to land in the first few rounds of the '09 draft; surprisingly, he fell to the fifth round and ended up with the Titans. With Johnson emerging as one of the premier stars in the NFL, Ringer will have a chance to learn from one of the best. As a rookie, Ringer played in seven games mostly on special teams, but did receive eight carries rushing for 48 yards. This season, with LenDale White no longer in Tennessee, Ringer is the favorite to backup Johnson.

Drafted by Tennessee in the 5th Round (2009).


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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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