Everyone was pretty shocked when the Tennessee Titans took TE Taylor Thompson with their fifth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. None of us knew who he was, let alone what position he played.
After the dust settled, he became quite the intriguing pick; a TE that played DE in college and would be reverting back to TE for the NFL. Of course because of that, people have questioned how long it will be before he can make an actual impact on the field.
From what I hear, that may be sooner than expected.
Even Coach Mike Munchak admits he’s developing in front of everyone’s eyes.
“(Thompson’s) going to be a work in progress,” Munchak said. But he added, “So far, he’s done a really nice job.”
Thompson’s rapid development, in fact, played into the team’s decision to release veteran Daniel Graham last month.
The move gave the 6-foot-6, 268-pound Thompson even more opportunities during offseason workouts.
We’re not too far away from training camp and that’s going to give us even more clues as to how soon Thompson will be ready.
That’s what makes this part of the season so antagonizing — we’ve got to wait. Soon enough we’ll be seeing preseason games and be able to get our own glimpses of these guys out there on the field. It’s one of the few opportunities everyone gets to see these guys in action, going full speed against another team.
Last year we got a great preview of what Karl Klug would be doing for the Titans. Hopefully this year we’ll see the same, not only from Thompson, but the rest of the Titans 2012 draft picks.
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