We’ve been releasing individual grades for the Tennessee Titans rookie season performances in the 2012 season and now it’s time to recap those grades and come with an overall group grade. Thanks to all the writers here at Titan Sized who put in the work on these grades.
1st pick (20th) WR Kendall Wright GRADE: B
Kendall Wright will no doubt prove to be a strong addition to the Tennessee Titans franchise. We are currently experiencing some growing pains on both sides of the ball, but in just his first year of professional football, Wright has shown that he is already on par with respected veterans of the league, and he will only continue to get better as he matures as a player, and the offense begins to find it’s identity.
2nd pick (52nd) OLB Zach Brown GRADE: A
Brown consistently made himself noticeable in games, he did not hide or shy away from contact, and was an immediate play maker for a defense that desperately needed one. Look for Brown to be a play maker for the Titans now and in the future. Brown teamed with other young LB’s Akeem Ayers, and Colin McCarthy has the potential to be a special group.
3rd pick (82nd) DT Mike Martin GRADE: A-
Martin has shown more than enough to be a starter, and enough flashes to convince me he could one day be a dominant UT. I don’t think he’ll ever become a Melton/Kevin Williams type UT, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he makes enough strides to become a 6 sack a year player, and with his dominance in the run game, that would be one hell of a starter.
4th pick (115th) CB Coty Sensabaugh GRADE: C+
Sensabaugh mainly played nickel for the Titans and that looks to be the position that he will stick at unless there are injuries to the starters. On tape, he looks a little indecisive and he must get that fixed if he would like to play often.
5th pick (145th)TE Taylor Thompson GRADE: C
Overall I grade Thompson out at a “C”. His contribution level was obviously low, and he has a lot to work on, but there weren’t any real expectations for him either. Based on special teams play and blocking, he would grade out higher, but in the NFL you can’t draft guys to play special teams.
6th pick (190th)FS Markelle Martin GRADE: To Be Determined
It would seem to be essential for the Titans to either draft a young, stud safety (Matt Elam, DJ Swearinger) or sign a proven, dependable guy, which would probably be harder to find. But if they don’t, then perhaps they believe that Markelle Martin can be the answer. He might just be. He was pretty damn good at Oklahoma State before having knee problems that caused him to drop to the sixth round of the 2012 draft and subsequently miss his first season as a rookie. Still, he might be an option. I hope he is, but we’ll find out soon enough.
7th pick (211th) DE Scott Solomon GRADE: C+
He needs to be more effective in his sophomore year. Perhaps some of his struggles were due to an injured foot that cost him his 2011 college season. I don’t know, but Solomon didn’t make enough of an impression this year to warrant more than a C+.
2012 Rookie Season Group Grade: B -
While the Titans rookies didn’t have the same type of season the class before them had, it’s still hard to be disappointed with the 2012 draft. It’s always a guessing game, and the Titans guessed quite well once again. They gained solid starting players in Wright, Brown, Martin, and the verdict is still out on some of the other picks.
Here’s looking forward to the 2013 NFL draft where the Titans will be gunning for picks that help them make the playoffs in 2013.
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