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Monday May 8, 2006 2:15 am

AFC SOUTH Draft Grade: Tennessee Titans

Vince Young can throwTennessee Titans2005 Record: 4-12
Points For: 299
Points Against: 421
Rushing Yards PG: 95.3
Rushing Yards Allowed PG: 118.4
Passing Yards PG: 224.8
Passing Yards Allowed PG: 201.0
Drafted:
1.3 (3) - Vince Young, QB, Texas  
2.13 (45) - LenDale White, TB, USC (from Philadelphia) 
4.5 (102) - Calvin Lowry, S, Penn St.   
4.19 (116) - Stephen Tulloch, LB, N.C. State (from Dallas through Philadelphia) 
5.4 (137)  - Terna Nande, LB, Miami (OH)   
5.37 (169) - Jesse Mahelona, DT, Tennessee (Compensatory Selection) 
6.3 (172) - Jonathan Orr, WR, Wisconsin  
7.7 (215) - Cortland Finnegan, DB, Samford  
7.37 (245) - Spencer Toone, LB, Utah (Compensatory Selection) 
7.38 (246) - Quinton Ganther, RB, Utah (Compensatory Selection)
Comments:
There was a lot of speculation with the first pick for the Titans (number three overall) as it basically came down to Young or Matt Leinart who had ties with offensive coordinator, Norm Chow from their USC days.  It basically came down to who had the most upside of the two and ownership deemed that Leinart had basically peaked already, while Young was still trending upwards and could be the next Steve McNair, a former MVP for the Titans and current disgruntled employee.  White was a first round talent who was arguably just as good as Reggie Bush concerning numbers, but because of character issues and an injury problem, White took a landslide down to the second round and I have to say the Titans lucked out in getting this power back.  Lowry is the proverbial “solid” player.  He has very solid tackling skills. Tulloch has good speed and a motor. Nande is a very fast and explosive player.  He could excel in special teams play.  Mahelona loves to play, but that doesn’t always translate in the statline.  Orr is a tall wide receiver with very good speed.  Finnegan is superfast and is a more than viable option in the return game.  Toone will probably play special teams and come in only to give one of the linebackers a rest.  Ganther is short, but strong.  He doesn’t have great speed, however.
ENDSCORE GRADE: C+

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