Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Titans blind spot: Wide receivers
By Paul Kuharsky
Every team in the league has some sort of blind spot when it schemes to the draft: A position it can’t resist or won’t touch, a spot where there is always need, a round that’s an extra high hurdle.
Today we’ll strive to examine one biggie for each team.
Tennessee Titans -- wide receivers
Through two general managers, three offensive coordinators and four receivers coaches, the Titans have consistently struggled to draft wide receivers who have turned out to be regular contributors. From 1998 to 2009 they steered clear of the position in the first round while drafting 14 receivers in lower rounds. Kenny Britt may be a headache, but he's a first rounder who can make plays when healthy.
That was one second-rounder, three third-rounders, five fourth-rounders, two fifth-rounders, one sixth-rounder and two seventh-rounders.
How many of them developed into legitimate consistent threats? Well fourth-rounder Justin McCareins started 10 games and had seven touchdowns in 2003 and the Titans were able to trade him to the Jets for a second-round pick. They brought him back for a cheap season in 2008, when he was ineffective.
The lesson: It can take a very valuable pick to land a playmaking receiver, and spending late-rounders on the spot rarely if ever produces a hit.