Yesterday the Tennessee Titans successfully completed the first day of their annual rookie minicamp. Present was the Titans 2012 draft class, which consists of (by draft order): Kendall Wright, Zach Brown, Mike Martin, Coty Sensabaugh, Taylor Thompson, Markelle Martin, and Scott Solomon. Also participating were the 17 undrafted free agent signees.
Those notable among the signees are former Alabama center William Vlachos, 26-year-old former Army fullback Collin Mooney, and former USC defensive tackle DaJohn Harris. Harris probably has the best chance to make the 53-man roster. The Titans always welcome defensive line depth, and he has the potential to fill it. Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris actually had a late 4th round grade on Harris. The Titans were very pleased to be able to sign him.
As for who made a good impression in their first practice as a Titan, Taylor Thompson seems to have taken that honor. Thompson played defensive end in college at SMU because it was a position of need for the Mustangs. He was recruited out of high school as a tight end, but his athletic ability allowed him to transition easily to DE. Although he was productive as a pass rusher in college, NFL teams liked his upside as a tight end at the next level. So much so that the Titans traded up into the 5th round to take him.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean was most impressed by Thompson out of all the Titans rookies, adding that he’s big and he can run. The Titans believe that he has the potential to become a Jimmy Graham-type hybrid. Russell Lande, a well-known and well-respected scout and NFL draft expert, had been hyping him as a future stud tight end ever since Thompson participated in the Players All Star Classic.
The Titans draft has come under scrutiny by fans and analysts. It seems as though that’s the case every single year. I’ve begun to not even pay attention to what most people say, as I realize that the guys at the top know exactly what they’re doing. No one would have said it the day after the draft finished, but this draft class is shaping up as a very good one that will have a great impact on the team. Just like every other one in the Mike Reinfeldt/Ruston Webster era. We’re in good hands, everyone. Relax.
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