Ranking Tennessee Titans First Round Picks of the 21st Century
By Max Dambach
4. DL Albert Haynesworth, 15th Overall in 2002 Draft
Even though Albert Haynesworth is today considered one of the biggest free agency busts of all time following his failure to live up to a massive 7 year, $100,000,000 contract with the Washington Redskins. Haynesworth also proved to be a very unstable presence on the football field and the volatile defensive tackle became infamous for intentionally stomping on Cowboys Center Andre Gurode’s forehead multiple times, which resulted in his suspension. However, this list is based solely on a player’s career and production with the Titans rather than their subsequent production or their character.
Like Morgan, Haynesworth had several years of solid production at the defensive tackle position as an able run defender. However, in 2007 and 2008, Haynesworth was an elite talent at the position with 14.5 sacks and 86 tackles in those two years. He was widely regarded as one of the most dominant players in the league during that period on his way to two First-Team All-Pro nods and two Pro Bowls. Haynesworth’s dominance was fleeting, but it was still enough to consider him the 4th best First Round selection of the millennium.