This pick and analysis was written by CSC member Friar Bob. Thank you for your participation!
Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
When you look at their situation, the Titans seem at the same time rather close to both a potential Super Bowl and a potential top 10 pick. With over half its DL in a contract year and little depth at LB or CB, their rather dominant defense of last year might be a far more fragile edifice than it appears. On the other hand, if it can hold up for just one more year and they can fix their nearly-dead-last passing offense, they could make a LOT of noise very easily.
While recent Titans drafts make you wonder if they aren't yet aware the forward pass is legal, their greatest need truly is a good, strong, BIG receiver. They've tried developing late-round WRs for years and have little to show for it. Last year's leading receiver Justin Gage wasn't healthy the whole year and only caught 34 for 651, plus he's not a particularly big guy. Last year's 3rd down safety valve Brandon Jones was lost in FA to San Fran, and even he only caught 41 for 449. This actually makes him their biggest loss in FA this year. Haynesworth is a beast but he also was hurt often enough (and they didn't fall apart when that happened) that they know they can live without him.
They did pick up Nate Washington but previously he was the 3rd receiver who despite playing with supposedly "average" receivers and a supposedly "elite" QB still only caught 40 for 631. And he's a fairly small guy so he's not your ideal #2 receiver. He's their new deep threat, which they did need, but they still need a possession receiver who can also help block on running plays and also has a chance of going up for (and coming down with) the jump ball in the end zone. While Britt doesn't have the best hands concentration on the catch can be taught. Height cannot. And the fact that he was still productive in college against rolled coverage even with an inconsistent QB (which ought to make Vince Young feel a touch happier during whatever playing time he manages to earn) is also a major plus.
Rivals.com has this to say of Kenny Britt:
The Good: A tall, well-built receiver who shows good foot speed and coordination in and out of his breaks for his size. Does a nice job using his body to shield defenders and loves to attack the ball downfield. Has a good burst out of his stance and gets on defenders quickly. Is physical after the catch and tough for corners to bring down. A willing, strong blocker who exhibits good hands on all levels of the field.
The Bad: He isn't the most natural of receivers and still lets the ball get into his body. Isn't as physical as you'd like in jump-ball situations. Lacks the speed and explosion down the field to consistently separate deep.
The Arizona Cardinals are now on the clock...
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