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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Pharoh, May 1, 2015.
Got to pay QBs in today’s NFL but really hope he doesn’t go back to his Miami levels
Good for Tanne and you all... he's a good QB and was handcuffed in Miami. With Henry, it opens up so much with your great WRs
seeing it put in terms like it's basically just consecutive franchise tags worth of guarantees makes it seem pretty reasonable. And if he sustains his level of play from last year and we end up paying more, then sweet it'd be worth it
I’m just not sold on him continuing a high level of play. Hope I’m wrong
"real key is that third season. He has a $29 million base salary in 2022, which is guaranteed now for injury and becomes fully guaranteed in March 2021.
In other words, this is either a one-year deal for $62 million or a three-year deal for $91 million"
So we're running it back again. Any rumors of players that we are in on for free agency? Havent been keeping up. I'd like to see some pickups at corner, edge rusher, maybe OL
This really sucks.
well that sucks
happy for him though especially after that injury set him back so far
fuck Oregon fans on that one
O’Brien is destroying that team. Glad to get him out of the division but I almost feel bad for their fans
Don't like that signing at all.
I think we will really miss Casey especially in the locker room.
Making space for Clowney?
holy shit we traded Casey? Damn. He is past his prime for sure but still gonna miss that dude. Was hoping we'd retire his # down the road
hopefully we don't sign Clowney, nowhere near comfortable giving him a big deal regardless of his "potential"
I'd imagine we'll be open to using late round picks to identify backups at the RB/QB spots. Maybe a kicker late?
probably prioritize early picks on CB, OT and edge rushers?
Are we signing Clowney or what? Seemed like 4 days ago it was imminent and now it's been very quiet
some moves from the past few days
Henry signed his franchise tender
wow I wish I had half his confidence and commitment to the greater good because he's got every right to hold out for his own benefit
What are we thinking tonight? I'm hoping we can get Isaiah Wilson late in the 1st. I think Jaylon Johnson would be a good pickup as well
I really have no idea on individual players that I want
just seems we need to address CB, OT, OLB/DE and RB/WR. Maybe a backup QB?
Yep that seems about the positions we'll be looking at. Penn State DE Yetur Gross-Matos seems to be the guy that is getting the most predictions to us in the 1st
If Justin Jefferson were to slip I wouldn't mind us picking him up to team with AJ. I doubt that happens though. Seems like Corey Davis might be traded by the end of the night
Stolen from DaveGrohl
Kevin Dodd was so worthless
I wouldn’t be shocked to see us trade out. What a shitty draft spot
That and the gap between 93 and 174
Was hoping for Winfield. And would prefer to just have Conklin back. But we're trending up so I'll manage
He's a big guy
I’m fine with it. We needed to replace Conklin desperately since we’re a run first team. Go hard after edge rushers and DBs next
I'm not sure who else would have been a need at that spot. Hopefully they can keep his weight in check and use him to break Henry loose more.
While it seems like we could’ve traded back to get Wilson today if we wanted him, dude has unlimited potential and is a tremendously hard worker. As a UGA and Titans fan, I’m excited. I think he fits our scheme perfectly and will only get better over time.
that scouting report says he'd fit in well on a team with a heavy run emphasis and play action in the passing game. That was us last year
I bet he ends up taking over at RT by the middle of the year
OT was definitely a need area so I've talked myself into really liking the pick. Got enough positive feedback from the NFL scouting world to leave early with two years of eligibility remaining. From what I can tell never really got dominated by an opponent or made to look foolish. Given where we were drafting and the need it fills, hard to complain at all
Glennon posted this at The Athletic
Titans add a ‘massive’ piece and big personality to the offensive line
One way to describe the first meeting Georgia’s Isaiah Wilson had with Titans general manager Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel?
Not in terms of clashing personalities. No, no, not at all. In fact, if you tried to come up with a better blueprint for an offensive lineman in the Titans’ smash-mouth, pile-driving system, you’d probably have a hard time finding a better fit than Wilson.
Case in point: In a teleconference with local media late Thursday night, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native was asked to evaluate his game. “I think the best part of my game right now is I’m physical and I enjoy beating people up,” he said. “I enjoy essentially trying to break another man’s will, is what I enjoy about the game.”
Welcome aboard, young man.
So what exactly, then, was uncomfortable about that first get-together?
It’s just that, well, the 6-foot-6, 350-pound Wilson had difficulty getting in the door. That’s noteworthy, considering the meeting took place at the NFL Scouting Combine in Lucas Oil Stadium, where the building and rooms are made to accommodate very large individuals.
“He turned sideways just to get into the door at the Dome,” Vrabel said. “He is a big, big man.”
The physical revelations didn’t stop there for Vrabel, who at 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, isn’t used to being dwarfed by many.
“He walked into the room,” Vrabel said, “and I came up to about his chest.”
Then came the greeting between coach and prospect, also memorable.
“We had a little handshake staredown,” said Wilson, who sports a pair of 10 1/4-inch mitts. “It was one of the things that definitely broke the ice. It was pretty fun. I connected with him right off the bat.”
The more the three talked over the course of 20 minutes, the more they bonded with one another. Wilson said he found Vrabel very genuine, the kind of man whose passion revealed a lot about the Titans’ culture. Wilson loved it. Robinson, meanwhile, said he found Wilson “extremely mature, extremely smart,” and Vrabel — who can be a little intense — was laughing with Wilson in no time.
Still, it sounds as if there was just a bit of awe on the part of Robinson and Vrabel over the size of Wilson’s frame — and his personality.
“He did have that low, bass laugh that kind of reminded me of Andre the Giant a couple of times.” Robinson said. “He was just sitting there chuckling.”
Added Vrabel: “I mean, he’s massive. (But) he almost comes across as, you know, jolly. He’s got this big chuckle. He kept saying, ‘Well, I don’t really talk a lot of trash. But when I pancake guys, I just kind of chuckle.’”
The Titans, of course, are hoping Wilson will keep pancaking and chuckling for years to come in the NFL.
Wilson was actually regarded as a second or third-round prospect by the majority of draft analysts because he’s still considered to be a work in progress. He played only two seasons for the Bulldogs after sitting out his first year as a redshirt. The good news for the Titans, though, is there isn’t a sense of urgency to get him in the starting lineup right away. Veteran Dennis Kelly likely will start at right tackle this year in place of the departed Jack Conklin, which would give Wilson time to refine his skills.
“I think I could stand to improve on my techniques,” Wilson said. “I say that broadly because I just want to become the most polished player I possibly can. I think I have a lot of physical gifts. I put a lot of things on tape, and if I refine those things, polish those things, then I can be a great player for the organization.”
That’s not to suggest Wilson is lacking at this early point in his career.
Pro Football Focus, for instance, noted that Wilson surrendered just one sack on 334 pass-blocking snaps during the 2019 season, earning a pass-blocking grade of 84.6. In addition, his best run-blocking grade of the season (77.0) came against a talented Alabama defense in the SEC Championship Game.
And it’s run-blocking, of course, that really seems to excite Wilson, which should make him feel right at home among the likes of Taylor Lewan, Rodger Saffold, Ben Jones and Kelly. Georgia ran for more than 185 yards a game last season.
“He’s a tough guy to get out of the way of,” Robinson said. “He’s got excellent power to move the line of scrimmage in the run game, and he’s tough to get around in the pass game. I thought I saw some blocks at the highest level in the SEC where he gets up to level two, and he forces linebackers — if he gets his paws on him, they’re usually done for. But he certainly impacts the path that they take to the back.”
Wilson said he saw plenty of the Titans on television last season, clearly appreciative of a team that ran nearly as often it passed, a team that threw the ball a combined 29 times in winning two playoff games. What lineman wouldn’t enjoy watching a running back such as Derrick Henry lead the league with 1,540 rushing yards during the regular season, then pile up more than 180 yards in back-to-back playoff games?
“I think they play very well together,” Wilson said of the Titans line. “They’re fun to watch. It’s fun to watch people go out and road grade people. That’s what the game is founded on, great trenchwork. It’s fun seeing that dynamic play on Sundays.”
What else can we tell you about Wilson, who becomes the third tackle the Titans have selected in the first round over the past seven years? He’s a 21-year-old who’s light-hearted enough to go by the nickname “Panda,” who loves SpongeBob SquarePants and calls himself “a cartoon enthusiast.” Wilson is also sensitive enough to admit he “cried like a baby” when he got the call from the Titans on Thursday night.
But what we’ll first notice about Wilson is his incredible size, which has been the case for most of his life. He stood 5-foot-10 when he was just 10 years old, towering over his peers — not to mention most of his teachers and members of his family. Not that it’s really bothered him.
“The only time it’s difficult for me to fit in in the world,” Wilson said, “is when I’m walking through the door.”
Once he gets inside, though, good things tend to happen.
So where do the Titans go now, after bolstering their offensive line in a big way in the first round?
One would have to believe the Titans would use at least one of their two selections Friday night — they’re picking 29th in both the second and third rounds — on a cornerback. The team has three returning corners in Malcolm Butler, Adoree’ Jackson and Tye Smith, and Logan Ryan remains an unsigned free agent.
A pair of talents at that position came off the board late in the first round, when Miami selected Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene and Minnesota chose TCU’s Jeff Gladney. But a surprising number of top corners are still available, including Alabama’s Trevon Diggs, Utah’s Jaylon Johnson and LSU’s Kristian Fulton. Others who might be more likely to go in the third round include Louisiana Tech’s Amik Robertson, Virginia’s Bryce Hall, Mississippi State’s Cameron Dantzler and Notre Dame’s Troy Pride.
“Right there at the end, there was a little run (on cornerbacks),” Robinson said. “We were watching that. But we feel like there are still some players at that position group. We’ll see how long they last (Friday and Saturday). I think the depth of that position group is pretty good for the next two days.”
The Titans may also choose to address the defensive line, considering Pro Bowler Jurrell Casey was traded to Denver. Jeffery Simmons will likely move into Casey’s spot, but the Titans are still down a quality lineman from last year — as well as a quality reserve due to Austin Johnson’s departure. Two of the better interior defensive line prospects are still available in Auburn’s Marlon Davidson and TCU’s Ross Blacklock. There are a number of other talents worth watching in the second round as well, including Missouri’s Jordan Elliott, Texas A&M’s Justin Madubuike, Oklahoma’s Neville Gallimore, Alabama’s Raekwon Davis and Ohio State’s Davon Hamilton.
Edge rusher isn’t out of the question either with one of the picks tonight, even though the Titans added Vic Beasley and re-signed Kamalei Correa. If the Titans don’t feel confident about signing Jadeveon Clowney, they may look at one of many prospects still available at this position, a group that includes Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos, Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa, BYU’s Bradlee Anae, Alabama’s Terrell Lewis, Boise State’s Curtis Weaver, Michigan’s Josh Uche and Florida’s Jonathan Greenard.
And we can’t rule out wide receiver, even though the Titans will bring back A.J. Brown, Corey Davis and Adam Humphries. This draft is considered loaded at the position, so the Titans may find it too tempting to pass up adding another offensive weapon to the arsenal. Names to watch include Clemson’s Tee Higgins, Baylor’s Denzel Mims, USC’s Michael Pittman, Colorado’s Laviska Shenault, Penn State’s K.J. Hamler. Florida’s Van Jefferson and Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool.
Sigh on the writer
Rather have X but good point
Really happy with the Fulton pickup
I think we’ve addressed our needs thus far.
I hope we take Terrell Lewis at 93. I'm a homer and I know the injury bug is a risk but he could be a superstar edge rusher if he can stay healthy
If not him then I hope it is some other edge rusher
93rd pick = Darrynton Evans, RB out of App St
I know nothing about him. But we needed a backup and I trust in Robinson
Was pretty meh about Wilson yesterday but most sites are giving it a B+/A. Seems to be a good scheme fit.
What do y'all think about us not targeting an edge rusher? Happy with Correa/Landry/Beasley? Or maybe we're waiting on an FA signing?
edit: Seen a lot of smoke on Clowney but I feel like that's a lot of money
Clowney is the only explanation I can think of for not targeting an edge rusher with our first three picks. Massive need that won’t be adequately addressed in the later rounds
Robinson said we almost traded up to get Fulton but decided to be patient and felt fortunate to get him