For the next week, I will be counting down the top 3 Tennessee Draft Classes from the previous decade. For clarity sake, this is only an evaluation of the last 10 draft classes for the Tennessee Titans / Houston Oilers franchise. Hopefully these posts will shed some light on realistic expectations for the most recent class.
3. 2008 Class
Chris Johnson, Jason Jones, Craig Stevens, William Hayes, Lavelle Hawkins, Stanford Keglar, Cary Williams
– CJ2K is cutting through NFL and franchise records like he did opposing defenses last year. CJ is already eighth in rushing yards and seventh in rushing touchdowns all-time for the franchise, and barring injury or holdout he’ll move up to third and fourth in those categories respectively by the end of this season!
– It’s worth another bullet to point out that CJ finished sixth all-time for all-purpose yards in a season. Without returning a single kick. As just a running back. On an 8-8 team.
– I admit that if Hayes and Jones do not live up to expectations, the defense of this class being ranked so highly will not survive scrutiny. Hayes has already cemented a starter role and Jones is well-positioned for a breakout season after struggling with injuries throughout last year.
– Stevens is also another player who has HUGE shoes to fill, literally. With Crumpler gone, the paramount position of blocking tight end, in a run-first offense, is his for the taking for years to come.
– Cary Williams defected to the Ravens along with Chris Carr last year… I don’t think either will be missed for their corner skills.
How does this year’s draft class stack up against this class? If you need more info before deciding, check out some of the great profiles by the other titansized.com bloggers and let us know what you think!