Tennessee Titans 2012 NFL Draft Review

Kendall Wright

Wide receiver Kenny Britt has talent but spends more time in the training room rehabbing from a series of unfortunate injuries. In the Titans’ search for a feature receiver, Kendall Wright’s name kept popping up. The elusive receiver will be used in a variety of alignments to take advantage of his ability to beat coverage. Wright was ridiculously productive catching 302 passes good for 4004 yards and 30 touchdowns. He projects to be a clone of Carolina’s Steve Smith. In the second round, the Titans grabbed outside linebacker Zach Brown who will upgrade the weakside linebacker position. At overall pick 82, fast twitch high effort defensive tackle Mike Martin should work his way into the front rotation after the loss of Jason Jones. Kendall Wright is an explosive four year starter with competitive speed. Dynamic with the ball in his hands, he will need to develop his route running skills and learn an NFL style playbook. He admitted during rookie mini-camp that they had no playbook at Baylor. Wright is also getting reps at the “X” position or split end with Kenny Britt’s injury. Zach Brown has rare talent for the outside linebacker position and can run. In the Senior Bowl he was more physical than advertised. His best position is a weakside fast flow linebacker in the 4-3 scheme. He reacts well moving downhill and shows a sudden burst of speed. For the first part of his career at Carolina he was tagged as an underachiever. However, he competed better his senior year with 105 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 13.5 tackles for loss. He plays with suddenness in his body and will only be limited by his inconsistent work ethic. Mike Martin is a three year starter who is a high motor self-starter that gets push inside and fights double teams to the whistle. He has good quickness off the ball and plays low and hard. A strong power rusher, he will need to keep improving his hand use to rush the passer. Martin can shed a defender and burst to the ball in a short area. He will try and help fill the defensive tackle loss of Jason Jones. Coty Sensabaugh only started one year, but is a good athlete who has been consistent and reliable for the Tigers. Instinctive with quick recognition of pass or run, he is smart and heady in his play. He can be physical. Very athletic and speedy, he is a developmental prospect who will contribute on special teams’ coverage. Taylor Thompson is a good athlete who played defensive end at SMU and is projected to play tight end for the Titans. His athleticism and high school experience will help him ease into the tight end role. He is a developmental project. Markelle Martin will back up and compete with franchise free safety Michael Griffin. He’s a three year starter who can play both free and strong safety. Martin was unable to work out in the spring after he tore a meniscus in his knee. He is an explosive hitter when he breaks up on the ball. He runs through the receiver. A confident and daring safety, he will undercut a route to make a play. Scott Solomon is a situational defensive end who the Titans’ traded back into the seventh round to draft. He was coming off a foot injury when he ran a 5.01 at the Combine. His workout numbers were 34/BP, 35/VJ, 10- 4/BJ, 4.25/SS. In 2011 he recorded 8.5 sacks. GRADE: AVERAGE.

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