Tennessee Titans need to keep an eye on sleeper at Senior Bowl


With so many big names at the Senior Bowl, the Tennessee Titans would do well to keep an eye on sleeper Garret Dooley.

The Tennessee Titans just released a video on the senior bowl with the focus being on the EDGE position.

While there are a lot of names that you could look at, there is one name that you should pay special attention.

Most of you may be thinking that I am going to stand on the table for Ogbonnia Okoronkwo again…and you are DANG RIGH- no I am just kidding. He is really good though watch him.

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I’m also not going to get too excited for Marcus Davenport yet either. So don’t think it is him.

The super sleeper that has a chance to see his name rise up is actually Garret Dooley.

For those of you (like 98% that is how much of a sleeper he is) that don’t know Dooley, he is a linebacker from Wisconsin. He quietly had 7.5 sacks this year while everyone was watching bigger names on the field.

He has a strong base with nice balance, and his effort and technique let him beat OTs who play too high or stop their feet.

Before we go crazy, he won’t be a 1st round pick. In fact, I would be shocked if he is a Day 2 pick. Dooley is not the answer to the Titans pass rush issues.

The reason I want to watch him so intently is because Mike Vrabel has been very clear about what he wants up front: multiplicity. I think Dooley is a great representation of that because I think he can play in a 4-3 as a DE or as a standup LB in a 5-man look.

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He has the strength and size (6’3, 250 lb.) to play in a few positions. That versatility plus the fact that Wisconsin guys don’t really bust, they just become good backups, will help him a lot on Day 3 of the draft.

Think about it this way, I don’t think he is the replacement to Brian Orakpo or Derrick Morgan (or even Erik Walden), I think he is the replacement for Kevin Dodd.

He is your 5th EDGE that can play some LB in a pinch and who should be a great guy on special teams based on his size and flashes of athleticism.

He is a classic Robinson, Day 3 roster bubble guy who can do somethings in year one and earn a spot on the field before competing for a starting spot the year after. Guys like Jayon Brown, LeShaun Sims and Aaron Wallace are a good “role comparison” for Dooley.