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

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Dec 23, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin (33) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 55-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

2007 – Michael Griffin

This is where the Titans took Michael Griffin. For all the arguments about him and his up and down play, he wasn’t a bad selection given his company.  Griffin was preceded by Justin Harrell, Jarvin Moss and Leon Hall and followed by Aaron Ross, Reggie Nelson and Brady Quinn.

In a re-draft though the Titans would probably have taken Dwayne Bowe who they passed on, or New England safety Brandon Merriweather.

Griffin has flashed pro bowl talent at times, namely when playing next to a smart and competent Strong Safety.  Part of Griffin’s downturn in play of late can be attributed to the coaching staff moving him out of position and asking him to play in the box too much.  Gray has successfully screwed up Griffin’s head to the point where he either gets a fine for trying to decapitate someone or just whiffs on a tackle all together.  Hopefully the additions of George Wilson and Bernard Pollard will allow Griffin to move back into space and do what he does best.

(Let’s pretend 2nd round pick Chris Henry and 3rd round pick Paul Williams never happened.)

Grade:  B