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Titans Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- Jake Locker, QB, Washington
2nd- Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
3rd- Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
4th- Colin McCarthy, LB, Miami (FL)
4th- Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson
5th- Karl Klug, DT, Iowa
6th- Byron Stingly, OT, Louisville
7th- Zach Clayton, DT, Auburn
7th- Tommie Campbell, CB, California (PA)

Synopsis: Tennessee has a new head coach for the first time in team history. Mike Munchak takes over for Jeff Fisher who held the position for 16 years. The Titans needed to draft a new franchise quarterback and add playmakers on defense. They accomplished both by selecting Jake Locker and drafting defense early.

Best Selection: Akeem Ayers. Ayers played both the defensive end and outside linebacker position for UCLA. He’s smart with good range and flashes explosiveness; a versatile player.

Biggest Risk: Jake Locker. I believe sometimes a team can get sold on the person they’re drafting, that they ignore the flaws of the player. Locker regressed in his ability to play the quarterback position in 2010. He consistently struggles with coverage reads and accuracy. But he can run, looks the part, and has good intangibles. Locker has a high ceiling but will need time to sit and learn the position.

Sleeper: Jamie Harper. Jamie Harper has a rare combination of size, speed, agility, and pass catching skills. He split carries at Clemson but he has all the ability to be a franchise runner that consistently handles 20 touches per game.

Grade: B+
From Akeem Ayers to Karl Klug the Titans had a great draft after they took Jake Locker with the first pick. Every one of those players belongs in the NFL and should be Titans for the foreseeable future.


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