Tennessee Titans, A Decade In Review : A Closer Look At The First Round Picks

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Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones (24) carries the ball on a punt return against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

2005 – Adam “Pacman” Jones 

The Tennessee Titans took the now infamous Adam “Pacman” Jones with the 6th pick overall.  We all know Antrell Rolle and Carlos Rodgers were both still on the board, and in hindsight would have been the better moves.  I have to say that talent wise, Pacman was amazing to watch on the field and probably the best punt returner I’ve ever seen.  He had more natural ability than either of the other two CB’s but he was obviously a head case.  This was the beginning of the end for Fisher in Tennessee as he continued to stand behind his hand selected play maker through egregious off the field incidents.

The disruptions off the field and media circus that Pacman brought to the Titans locker room was a cancer in one way.  Fisher’s defense of Jones was another.  I believe this is what happens when a team risks too much for the potential.  “If” they could have settled Adam Jones down, he could have been amazing for many years.  He’s still in the league and actually a very good corner that was just extended by the Bengals.  But the safer pick of Rodgers or Rolle would have served the Titans and Fisher much better.

Grade: C-