Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Addressing Tennesse Titans Draft Needs: Defensive Tackle
This week features:
Defensive Tackle Nick Fairley
Strengths: Size, Strength, Mean Streak, raw athleticism and explosivness.
Weaknesses: Maturity, Technique, and Temper.
Todd McShay of ESPN recently had this to say about Fairley: The more you watch Fairley on tape, the more worried you get he’ll be a bust,” said McShay, who also questioned Fairley’s work ethic and consistency. “He has a chance to be a bust.”
I don’t know if I would go that far but McShay is the one getting paid the big bucks to make assessments so we have to at least listen to him.
Team Fit: The Titans love to draft defensive linemen and they may go that route again this year. Over the past three years the Titans have taken a D linemen three times in the first or second round (2010: Derrick Morgan 1st rd 2009: Sen"Derrick Marks 2nd round 2008: Jason Jones 2ndround). Tennessee’s system with Jim Washburn relied on keeping linemen rotated and fresh in games. That may change now that Washburn is in Philadelphia and the Titans now have Jerry Gray heading the defense instead of Chuck Cecil. If they do decide to go that route, then Fairley should be available at the eighth spot in the draft. Tennessee was 8th in the NFL with 40 sacks last year so it’s questionable to go after yet another defensive lineman. The Titans seemed to be still searching for that dominant force in the middle that was left void by Albert Haynesworth and Fairley would be expected to fill that role if drafted.
Draft Possibility Percentage: 70-80 %