Predicting the Impact of Every Tennessee Titans’ 2014 Draft Pick

Predicting the Impact of Every Tennessee Titans' 2014 Draft Pick

Taylor Lewan 2014 NFL Draft
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After a disappointing campaign in 2013, the Tennessee Titans had to score big in the 2014 NFL Draft. The team selected six guys who have the talent to make contributions early, as well as become stars as they improve. If the Titans are going to succeed next season, they need a big showing from their new rookie class.

Taylor Lewan, OT

Taylor Lewan Michigan Wolverines
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Taylor Lewan, OT

Taylor Lewan Michigan Wolverines
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It's expected that a team's first-round pick will be an immediate starter, but that probably won't be the case with Lewan. The Titans have two star tackles in Michael Roos and the newly acquired Michael Oher, so it would be surprising to see Lewan crack the starting lineup. He shouldn't have too wait too long, though, as Roos is in the final year of his contract. In the meantime, Lewan will be able to come off the bench when needed.

Bishop Sankey, RB

Bishop Sankey Washington Huskies
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Bishop Sankey, RB

Bishop Sankey Washington Huskies
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Sankey joins a Titans' backfield with little competition. The only other back of note is an aged Shonn Greene, so Sankey should be the premier running back in his rookie season. That being said, Sankey will have plenty of opportunities to show off his superior quickness agility, as well as his hands in the passing game. Sankey could have a huge impact in 2014.

DaQuan Jones, DT

DaQuan Jones Penn State Nittany Lions
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DaQuan Jones, DT

DaQuan Jones Penn State Nittany Lions
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If the draft were based on physical ability alone, Jones would have been a first-round pick. But he was hampered by faults in his technique and inconsistent run stopping, though he does excel in the pass rush. In his first year, Jones could be used on passing downs, but he won't be a starter until he gets the fundamentals down.

Marqueston Huff, DB

Marqueston Huff Wyoming Cowboys
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Marqueston Huff, DB

Marqueston Huff Wyoming Cowboys
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With all his athletic ability, the Titans would be foolish not put him on the field, at least on special teams. Huff is a versatile defender (he played safety and corner in college) with tremendous playmaking potential, but he sometimes takes bad angles and makes poor decisions. He could see some time as a gunner and in the nickel, but he needs some time to season before starting.

Avery Williamson, ILB

Avery Williamson Kentucky Wildcats
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Avery Williamson, ILB

Avery Williamson Kentucky Wildcats
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He's not the most exciting player in the world, but Williamson is a sure tackler and a smart linebacker. He's great with angles and finishes every play, but he lacks explosiveness and isn't great in coverage. He'll make an immediate impact on special teams, and he's going to work his way into a linebacking role before too long.

Zach Mettenberger, QB

Zach Mettenberger LSU Tigers
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Zach Mettenberger, QB

Zach Mettenberger LSU Tigers
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Mettenberger is a guy with first-round talent who fell due to injury concerns. He tore his ACL late last season and has issues with his back, though he says he is 100 percent. He has a big, accurate arm and can move around the pocket, though he won't beat anyone in a race. For now, he's going to challenge Jake Locker, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him go in if Locker doesn't execute.


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