Draft this, Not that: DEs


This is a segment that I hope becomes a regular feature here on the site. I will give you the names of some prospects (that I have done film study on) that I believe are overrated, and then I will give you the names of some prospects at the same position and with the same talent level that are underrated and would be a much better value.


This week’s position: Defensive End


1st rounder not to draft: Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

-Mercilus is not a good pick in round one because he is a one year wonder that has been very underwhelming until this year. People keep saying that he reminds them of JPP, but JPP had so much potential and had great measurables. I just really don’t see Mercilus as anything higher than a mid second round pick.


1st rounder to draft: Nick Perry, USC

-Very quick off the snap, Perry has done a very good job against some high quality lineman. Loves to attack the outside edge but he has a good counter move when an OT anticipates that too much


2nd rounder not to draft: Andre Branch, Clemson

-Branch has good length and likes to attack the edge like Nick Perry, however the lack of a counter move makes me think he will struggle in the NFL. Another reason to avoid him is that he doesn’t fit the Titans system. We like bigger DEs that can help in the run game and that is not something I trust Branch to do.


2nd rounder to draft: Vinny Curry, Marshall

Curry has a very solid punch and is explosive at the point of attack. Keeps his legs and hands moving until the whistle blows. His biggest concern is that the small school production has him overrated, but small schools have never scared away the Titans before


3rd rounder not to draft: Jake Bequette, Arkansas

I think Bequette is a luxury pick in the 3rd round for some team that can develop him into an every down DE, but in year one they can use him as a pass rusher. He has an excellent outside move but his counter moves are very weak.


3rd rounder to draft: Cam Johnson, Virginia

Johnson is another high motor player, but sometimes I watch him and think he could go in round 1. He does an excellent job beating OTs in every facet of the game and plays with a mean streak. Can fight off cuts and double teams, and does a very good job holding the edge. He will shoot a gap sometimes and that is something that needs to be addressed, but other than that he is a 3rd round gem


Those are my thoughts on the early rounds guy. If you have an idea for which position group you would like me to do next, leave a comment and I’ll do my best. Also if you think my picks were bad or that I don’t know what I am talking about leave a comment and let me know who you would have put where.


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  • 757titan

    Cam Johnson in the third would be an absolute steal, but i don’t see him falling past the mid 2nd unfortunately. However, if we don’t pick a DE in the 1st i can all but gaurentee he is our guy in the 2nd

  • jstitansized

     @757titan Unless we’ve grabbed one via free agency.

  • JasonPeters

    So assuming all top-notch DE’s are taken by the time we get to draft, who are we going with in the first? I’ve gotta check out this Johnson kid…

  • jstitansized

     @JasonPeters I don’t even have to say it. You know… =]

  • jlomas72

    Yea, Johnson is very talented but he didn’t have a very big Senior Bowl and some people came away down on him. Just because we don’t draft one in round 1, doesn’t mean that we will ignore someone we have rated highly. You can see it last year with Harper and Stingily. But it is a very big position of need

  • jlomas72

     @JasonPeters If all the top notch DEs are gone look for, Decastro, Kendall Wright, Peter Konz, Cordy Glenn, Zach Brown, Alshon Jeffry, Mark Barron. I’m much higher on those first 4 than the last 3 but I think those will be our 7 targets. if none of them are there (I can’t possibly imagine why they wouldn’t) we would trade down or take BPA