Paul Kuharsky of ESPN’s SportsNation AFC South blog wrote a really nice piece on Titans rookie TE Jared Cook this morning. He also discussed fellow rookie WR Kenny Britt in it, but it is Cook that has peaked my interest the most since being drafted in the 3rd round. He is an absolute beast of a man (6’5″, 240) and can flat out fly (4.50 40 time), but the biggest knock on him is his ability to catch the ball and block defenders. Well, he better learn fast, because I have a feeling the Titans are going to be looking for him to contribute a good deal this season.With Alge Crumpler being, umm, old (not to mention his bulky knee) and Bo Scaife’s future with the team up in the air after this season, the Titans drafted Cook to be one of the main threats on an offense that relies heavily on the TE position.
If Cook can develop his pass-catching ability and learn how to block, he could be one of the biggest steals of the 2009 draft. The mismatches he could create would be an absolute nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators. Like Antonio Gates in 2004 scary. Let’s just hope that he heeds the advice from veteran guys like Kerry Collins and Crumpler, listens to the coaches when they tell him what to do (and what he is doing wrong) and takes all of the information that is flying at him right now and applies it to understanding the game of football and his role on this team. That may have been the most overly-repetitve, run-on sentence in the history of this blog, but I think I made my point clear, so I got that going for me.
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