Ranking Tennessee Titans First Round Picks of the 21st Century
By Max Dambach
1. LB Keith Bulluck, 30th Overall in 2000 Draft
The Titans first pick of the 2000’s also happens to be their best selection of the millennium. What Chris Johnson was to the Titan’s offense, Keith Bulluck was to the Titan’s defense. Bulluck was a superstar on the defensive front from 2002 to 2009 after spending two years as a backup and special teams player. Though he only made the Pro Bowl once, he was named to the All-Pro Team three times. Bulluck routinely led the Titans in tackles and led the entire league in tackles in 2004 with 152 total tackles. Keith Bulluck was the beating heart of the Titans defense for almost a decade. Bulluck combines the superstardom of Chris Johnson as a true face of the franchise with the productivity of a player like Michael Griffin. Furthermore, Bulluck holds a special place in the hearts of Titans fans as the first player in Titans franchise history to retire with the team formally.
Bulluck is one of the greatest players in franchise history, so his place at the top of this list should be undisputed for the coming years. However, with young promising players like Mariota, Lewan, and Conklin along with 2017 picks Adoree Jackson and Corey Davis, he hopefully will be joined at the top before too long if the Titans continue their recent success with first round draft picks.