Truth be told, the Titans don't look all that great on paper. Therefore, we don't have a whole lot to lose in trying some of these guys. A first round pick on a Quarterback, however, demands production. I don't want that for this team. Especially since a guy who I reaaaaalllly like could be coming in to the league in the next draft, Baylor's Robert Griffin III. I like that kid a LOT! He is a passer first, that has some wheels if he needs them. Just awesome to me.
But I digress. Why don't I want Cam Newton? Why don't I want Blaine Gabbert? My answer is simple and the same for both players. Show me the hype from their performances as a freshman, sophomore, and junior years as a whole. In other words, I don't want a guy who was spectacular for one year. I want a QB that has a history of winning, leading, and succeeding along with all those physical tools. Would I like to see Cam Newton become a respectable, likable guy and take the league by storm with his amazing physical gifts. Yeah, I really would, the league needs a story like that. I just don't want the Titans spending money on that kind of risk. When someone shows me Newton or Gabbert, I think Ryan Leaf and Tim Couch. That's just based on my experience, not necessarily statistical value. I was a lot younger, but followed closely, and don't remember hearing anything about either of those guys until draft day was a few months away. I may be wrong though.
Jake Locker and Ryan Mallet are kind of in the same boat for me. While I remember hearing hype about them for a while now, I can't remember the big games that they've won. Probably because they haven't won any. Physical size, strength, stature are all things these two get praised for and again, with the exception of Notre Dame quarterbacks, I generally hope guys do well in the league despite my criticism (which I'm sure means soooooo much to them). Jake Locker, ok, it seems he had a couple big wins ripped away from him, maybe, but still, not a lot on the ol' resume. Ryan Mallet's lasting image to me was a game a couple years ago against Auburn, I believe, in which he was injured. He sat out, while the backup QB came in and lit up Auburn to pull the Hogs within a score or two. Mallet comes back in, and the Hogs get stomped. Image sered into my brain. Thanks. I also can't finish talking about Mallet without the character stuff. While many times jerks make good athletes (who knows why) and while ultimately most would say that as long as the player doesn't get into legal trouble it is ok to go with them.....I want likable, upstanding, overall good guys on my team. Be nasty on the field, be gracious off the field. That what I want, personally.
All that to say, draft Defense with the 8th pick. Wait on a QB, because the difference between a the marquee names and a 2nd or 3rd round guy is probably just that...a name.
(Draft Robert Griffin III next year, too)