Ranking the Tennessee Titans’ 2014 Draft Picks From Worst to First

Ranking the Titans' 2014 Draft Picks From Worst to First

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The Tennessee Titans are looking to launch a new era after missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season last year. One of the most important steps in this revitalization effort is bringing in talented players through the draft. General manager Ruston Webster selected six players in the 2014 NFL Draft. Here is a look at how those picks rank from worst to best.

6. Fifth Round (151st overall) - Avery Williamson, ILB, Kentucky

Avery Williamson, ILB, Kentucky
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6. Fifth Round (151st overall) - Avery Williamson, ILB, Kentucky

Avery Williamson, ILB, Kentucky
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The Titans used their fifth-round pick on inside linebacker Avery Williamson. Williamson is above average against the run, but he is not an elite athlete and his ability to cover backs and tight ends is a big question mark. The Titans are also very deep at inside linebacker which will make it difficult for Williamson to see the field his rookie season. He will have to contribute on special teams to land a roster spot.

5. Fourth Round (122nd overall) - Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming

Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming
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5. Fourth Round (122nd overall) - Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming

Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming
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The Titans added Marqueston Huff, a versatile defensive back, in the fourth round. Huff played both cornerback and safety at Wyoming, but projects as a corner in the NFL. He has the speed to cover receivers and the ball skills to make impact plays. Like many Day 3 picks, Huff will have to make his mark on special teams until he develops into a starter.

4. Fourth Round (112th overall) - DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
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4. Fourth Round (112th overall) - DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
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The Titans drafted another versatile prospect in round four when they selected DaQuan Jones. At 6-foot-4 and 322 pounds, Jones has the size and strength to be an effective run-stopper in the NFL. He projects as a five-technique in the Titans' new 3-4 scheme. Jones likely fell to the fourth round due to his inconsistent motor. If Tennessee can get him to play with consistent effort, he can be an impact player.

3. Sixth Round (178th overall) - Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
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3. Sixth Round (178th overall) - Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
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The Titans chose not to pick-up the fifth-year option on quarterback Jake Locker's contract this offseason, leaving them with an uncertain future at the position. Tennessee selected Zach Mettenberger in the sixth round as a possible long-term solution at quarterback. Mettenberger has a ton of talent, but has maturity issues that may prevent him from reaching his potential. In the sixth round, there is little risk in taking a shot on him.

2. First Round (11th overall) - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
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2. First Round (11th overall) - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
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Coming into the draft, the Titans' offensive line appeared to be one of their strengths. Still, Tennessee spent the 11th overall pick on tackle Taylor Lewan. The pick may not appear to make much sense, but left tackle Michael Roos' contract expires after this season and right tackle Michael Oher can choose to opt out of his deal. So while Lewan may not see the field much in 2014, he will likely be a key part of the team the following season.

1. Second Round (54th overall) - Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
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1. Second Round (54th overall) - Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
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The Titans parted ways with longtime running back Chris Johnson this offseason. To fill the void left by Johnson's departure, Tennessee drafted Bishop Sankey in the second round. Sankey ran for 1,870 yards and 20 touchdowns in his final college season and was named First-Team All-Pac 12. He runs hard and can make people miss in the open field. Sankey should compete for the starting job from day one.

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