Tennessee Titans could have had Justin Tuck, but choose differently.
The 2005 draft was a strange one for the Tennessee Titans, because they added a lot of good talent that was high risk, high reward.
Instead, they selected All-Pro tackle Jammal Brown whose fit with the Titans read like this:
His career was cut short by injuries, but when he was healthy and on top of his game, Jammal Brown was as good as any left tackle in the game. A two-time Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro back in 2006, Brown had everything an NFL team could want at the position, including power, quickness and a 6’6″, 317-pound frame.
Had Brown not lost two entire seasons to injuries, he’d get a lot more run than he has.
But in a weak class up front, his excellent tenure with the New Orleans Saints is still enough to get him picked in the top 10.
Injuries are largely random so if you are guaranteeing that the Titans walk away from this class with an All-Pro tackle, then it is hard to argue with that pick at all. Especially when you consider the Titans need for tackle help, which is evident by them spending three draft picks on the position in this class alone.
That doesn’t make it feel any better when you see the Titans pass on someone like Roos who may be a top-5 offensive linemen in the last decade for Tennessee, but I do see it on paper.
But, who else would have made sense for the Titans?
Some names I might have considered.
Roddy White, WR: Look at some benchmarks from White’s 11-year career:
Seasons with 500+ yards: 10 of 11
700+ yards: 8 of 11
900+ yards: 7 of 11
1000+ yards: 6 of 11
1200+ yards: 5 of 11
I mean, that is an outstanding career and he would have instantly become the best wide receiver in Tennessee Titans history if he could match that in Nashville.
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Justin Tuck, DT/EDGE: Tuck was one of the most versatile defensive linemen in the NFL and just imagine the devastation that Jim Washburn could have created with Albert Haynesworth, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Justin Tuck just one year after they had to let Jevon Kearse walk.
In fact, imagine a world where the Titans keep one of the best players in franchise history and have all four of those linemen on the field at the same time. That would have been one of the best front fours in NFL history.
Trent Cole, EDGE: Speaking of EDGEs that went to Philly, Cole would have been an outstanding 1-to-1 replacement for Kearse.
Richie Incognito, iOL: I just want to have some fun imagining the 2006 season with an offensive line that had Kevin Mawae, Incognito and David Stewart on it. You talk about playing with an edge? That OL would have been the nastiest in NFL history.
Those four stood out to me as players that would have had an impact on the team or a position group that shifted Titans football for the next 5+ years.