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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Is Cook like Troupe?


Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE -- The Titans just made a move up in the third round and drafted South Carolina tight end Jared Cook.

The position makes sense at it seems like a value in the third round at the 89th overall pick, as Cook is widely regarded as the draft's second-best tight end.

But the Titans gave up a lot -- New England got Tennessee's second rounder.

Tennessee has Alge Crumpler, Bo Scaife and a Craig Stevens, a third-round pick from last year on the roster. But Crumpler didn't have the on-the-field impact many expected when he came in last year, he's quite slow and his contract is up after this season. And Scaife is unhappy about wearing the franchise tag and could easily disappear next year too.

Cook looks the part at 6-5, 246 and with a 4.49 40 time, and Mel Kiper raves about his ability to make the acrobatic catch. But Cook's got some question marks.

In the Titans press room, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean remembered watching Cook play great against Vanderbilt, and quickly compared Cook to Ben Troupe. That is flattering in a discussion of athleticism, but not if it turns out to also address smarts or production.

Troupe was a second-rounder in 2004 who was a physical specimen and looked great but never caught on and was incredibly unreliable.

With their original third rounder, 94th overall, the Titans took Hawaii corner Ryan Mouton. Mel Kiper likes his toughness, spunk and leaping ability, which he will have to put to good use as he's 5-9.