What did the Tennessee Titans get in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Everyone online (definitely including myself) love to give out draft grades and give their input on players as I am sure all Tennessee Titans fans know.
As fun as that is, when you post those grades and that analysis what you are doing is speculating the value of a player’s fit with that organization short and long term as everything is that day.
For example, when Taylor Lewan was drafted by the Tennessee Titans, Bleacher Report gave that pick a “B-“. Here was the analysis:
"“Lewan is going to be one of the best players on the Titans offensive line by year two or three (only Chance Warmack could be better), and that keeps one of the strengths of the Titans strong. He has some slight character red flags (well, major ones if they prove true, but they are currently only alleged), but Tennessee obviously wasn’t concerned about them. “"
Honestly, I don’t think that is bad analysis. Chance Warmack was supposed to be Quenton Nelson before Quenton Nelson was a thing and Lewan did actually become the Titans best offensive lineman just a year later.
The B- probably reflected the fact that there were some concerns for some with his personality and that he was going to have to sit on the bench behind Michael Roos and Michael Oher in his first year.
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However, when you go back and look at it in a vacuum Taylor Lewan has been a great pick and is the heart beat of this offense. When he is playing with his ruthless aggression there is no offensive lineman in the league I would rather have than him.
However, post draft and even after his first year with the Tennessee Titans there was no way you could say that he would be that guy with any confidence. Not because he wasn’t good, but because you just hadn’t seen enough of him.
That is why Jon Robinson has said several times that he doesn’t grade draft picks until they have played for two years in the NFL.
I know that isn’t a fun way to do an evaluation, but it is the right way. Consistency, top end ability, strengths, tendencies, nuances of the game, etc. all of those things can’t be judged until you really have two years under the player’s belt.
So, with that mentality it is time to take a look at the six players from the 2017 NFL Draft that are still with the Tennessee Titans and see how they should be graded.