Revisiting the Tennessee Titans 2010 Draft Class – Where Are They Now?
Tennessee Titans 2010 Draft Class
After an 8-8 campaign, the Tennessee Titans front office was hailed as geniuses for their draft selections. However, there are a number of draft gems that the Titans whiffed on, like All-Pro Linebacker Navarro Bowman and two 1,000 yard receivers in Eric Decker and Mike Williams who both have thrived while the players that the Titans selected ahead of them struggle just to make the 53 man roster.
The NFL Draft is an inexact science. Each year, prospects who were littered in obscurity, labeled a project to find themselves in starting line-ups while prospects drafted in the first round from bigger name programs, hit the rookie wall and are labeled as busts. Franchises should consider themselves fortunate if they are able to uncover serviceable back-ups and occasional starters because in reality, finding a perennial Pro-Bowl player is rare.
In the Titans 2010 Draft Class, they selected seven prospects who each had accrued impressive accolades and awards at the college level. For some prospects, getting drafted was only the beginning. But unfortunately for others, due to injuries or their failure to fulfill their promise, they have become forgotten and lost in the shuffle.
Despite receiving a draft grade of A by pundits and experts, the Titans 2010 draft class failed to live up to expectation, too few booms and far too many busts. There were a few surprises in the 2010 class, but maybe one or two more will finally turn the corner going into their fourth year and make us all believers.
Playing in the NFL is a privilege. Although being drafted is a good thing, it means nothing once the chinstrap is snapped on. On the gridiron, all that counts is will, and it is in between those lines is where difference makers stand-out; where play-makers thrive. The Titans unearthed a few gems as well as few lumps of coal in the 2010 Draft Class.
Derrick Morgan: Tennessee Titans 2010 1st Rd Pick
With the 16th pick in the first round, the Titans selected defensive end Derrick Morgan from Georgia Tech. The Titans believed that they had found a future star that was destined to terrorize opposing quarterbacks and pitch a tent in opposing team's backfield
However, Morgan has failed to live up to his first round grade, only registering 54 tackles and 10.5 sacks in three years of action in the Music City. Although Morgan has shown a few glimpses of promise, due to injuries and inconsistencies, it appears that Morgan may be a rotation player at best. After posting his best year of his career registering 35 tackles and 6.5 sacks, maybe, just maybe, the best may be yet to come.
Damian Williams: Tennessee Titans 2010 2nd Rd Pick
In the second round, the Titans thought they unearthed a draft gem when they selected wide receiver Damian Williams from USC. Williams was praised for his crisp route running as well as the promise that many believed that he would offer in the return game.
So far, Williams has failed to live up to expectation and he continues to free fall down the Titans depth chart. The Titans believed that they had found a solid receiver at best. At this moment, Williams should consider himself lucky if he is able to avoid being release or cut and somehow hold onto a roster spot.
Rennie Curran: Tennessee Titans 2010 3rd Rd Pick
With the Titans second 3rd pick, they selected UGA linebacker Rennie Curran, whom draft pundits projected to an eventual starter. Despite being undersized, many believed that his intangibles combined with his leadership would make Curran an immediate difference maker for a team in need of a leader.
Curran struggled in his first season and was cut in 2011 due to the play of Colin McCarthy and Akeem Ayers who were selected in the following draft. Since being released by the Titans, Curran has been arrested and is now playing for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League.
Alterraun Verner: Tennessee Titans 2010 Draft Pick
In order to select Alterraun Verner in the fourth round, the Titans traded a running back and defensive tackle who are no longer in the NFL. Verner has been an impact player since his rookie campaign where he registered 85 tackles and three interceptions.
Verner's future in the Music City continues to be promising and once the Titans shore up their defense and add a pass rusher, Verner will finally receive recognition for being one of the most dominant young defensive backs in the NFL.
Robert Johnson: Tennessee Titans 2010 Draft Pick
The Titans' love-hate relationship continues with defensive back Robert Johnson their sixth round selection from 2010. Little was expected from Johnson, he was expected to be a developmental prospect who was going to be a special teams contributor at best.
Unless Johnson makes some impressive strides in the offseason and surprises the masses due to the Titans embarrassment of depth at the safety position, his days in the Music City may be numbered. Last season, he was fortunate enough to make the practice squad. If he is fortunate, he will make the practice squad next year.
Rusty Smith: Tennessee Titans 2010 7th Rd Pick
When the Titans selected quarterback Rusty Smith, he was considered to be a developmental prospect that no one ever expected to challenge for the starting job. Smith has made significant strides as the third-string quarterback and has improved by leaps and bounds under the watchful eye of former back-up quarterback Matt Hasselback.
Since the Titans failed to draft quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft, Smith's job appears to be safe. Although Ryan Fitzpatrick has been announced as the unquestioned back up, Smith's future appears to be entrenched as a third stringer unless he impresses or opens some eyes in training camp.
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