In the last article we took a look at numbers 10-8 on the Titans top ten greatest players list. Today we will at numbers 7-5. This list is strictly opinionated and the order could be changed, players could also be taken out or added depending on the person. I have decided to exclude players from the Oilers era unless they transitioned with the team to Nashville, the reason I was to young to remember watching those guys and would have to rely solely on stats.
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7. Jurrell Casey DE
Jurrell is still a young player and has plenty of time to move himself higher on the list. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft. That year he he started 15 games, had 2.5 sacks, finished 2nd on the team with tackles for a loss, and led all the defensive lineman with 74 tackles. In 2013 he posted a career high 10.5 sacks and received an invitation to the pro-bowl as an alternative, but declined, the same happened in 2014. In 2014 he signed a 4 year 36 million dollar contract extension. In 2015 Jurrell accepted his invitation and played in the pro-bowl.
6. Steve McNair QB
Steve “air” McNair is the only franchise quarterback this team has ever had, unless you count Warren Moon. McNair was the 3rd overall pick in the 95 draft, but didn’t make his first start until 1997. In 1997 McNair’s 2665 passing yards were the most since Warren Moon. His 13 interceptions were the fewest in franchise history, the team finished 8-8 that year. He also led the team in rushing touchdowns and had 674 rushing yards which is the 3rd Highest amount in NFL history for a quarterback. In 1999 he led the team to the Super Bowl, but came up short. In 2001 he put up career highs in passing yards (3350), completions (264), and a QBR of 90.2. He went to the pro-bowl that year.
5. Derrick Mason WR
The Titans found a steal in the 1997 draft finding Derrick Mason in the 4th round. Mason went on to be a star wide receiver and special teamer. In 2000 he broke the NFL record for all purpose yards with 2690 yards, but Darren Sproles broke that record in 2011. Mason is only the second player in Titans history to have over 2000 yards, but he did it in consecutive seasons, and earned a trip to the pro-bowl. From 03-05 with the Titans Mason flirted with top of the league in many different wide receiver categories. Mason is the only player in NFL history to have 10,000 receiving yards and 5,000 return yards.