The nominees for Best Rookie for the Tennessee Titans 2012 season are:
- Kendall Wright – The Titans first round pick. Wight led the Titans receivers with 64 catches and ended up with 626 yards.
- Zach Brown – The Titans second round pick. A fast weak side linebacker that developed and came on strong by the end of the year.
- Mike Martin – The third round selection for the Titans. Martin shows a lot of promise but was slowly worked into the tackle rotation this year.
And the winner is………..
The competition wasn’t that fierce this year for this award category other than Kendall Wright. Kendall wright played great and was underutilized on a struggling offense. Zach Brown steadily increased his play and awareness during the season and became one of thelone bright spots on a dismal Titans defense.
The Tennessee Titans shocked fans when they took Zach Brown in the second round. After their 9-7 season the year prior , they ignored their needs in the 2012 draft and went with a best-player-available mindset as far as they were concerned. I have to give the Titans front office credit on the draft pick as they saw a lot more potential and ability in Brown than the “experts” or pundits on TV.
The biggest knock on Brown coming out of college was that he was “soft”. He didn’t aggressively play the run and shied away from contact. Zach Brown set out to prove everyone wrong in his rookie campaign. Brown ended the year with 92 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 3 interceptions. 3.5 of those sacks coming in the last six games.
Browns speed coming into the NFL was never part of the question as he ran a 4.37 40 yard dash. His growth through the year on following the ball, working laterally and committing to the hole are what made him so great. He’s better able to utilize that speed and get to the point of attack without hesitation. Let’s just hope this growth continues.
Congratulations Zach Brown! roved many a Titan fan and pundit wrong!