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April 29, The 2011 NFL Draft Ends the Era of 2006 Draftees

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

So with last night’s draft, there were two things that stuck out to me as a Tennessee Titans fan. The first of course would have to be the Titans selection of Jake Locker at eighth overall. I’m not going to kill this pick, though I do feel there’s a good chance we could have picked him in the second round. Locker is a tough guy, and I’m excited to have him as the quarterback of the future. As a fan, you have to trust the new regime, and they seem to like this kid so much that they didn’t want to risk him being drafted before their second round pick. Would it have been nice to trade down in the first round, so the Titans could add some draft picks to the arsenal? Absolutely. But like I said, I’m going to trust Munchak’s vision.

Another pick that did not shock me at all, as a matter of fact I thought there was no way it would not be made. The pick was by the New Orleans Saints selecting Mark Ingram 28th overall. The fact that Ingram fell so far was pretty crazy. There were a few teams I was sure would select him. It seemed like he would be a good fit for the Giants, but they did well for themselves without.

The story that intrigued me about these selections is that they effectively ended the careers of Reggie Bush and Vince Young in New Orleans and Nashville respectively. I remember in the 2006 draft a lot of people criticized the Texans for passing up on Bush, and selecting Mario Williams, but right now it looks like they knew what they were doing.

To commemorate the end of these ’06 draftees’ tenure with their first teams, take a look at the highlights of Bush and Young in college. They truly were amazing on the collegiate level.

Happy Belated Birthday Steve McNair

February 21, 2011 3 comments

Steve McNair, born on Valentines Day 1973, would have been 38 this year. It is a shame his life had to end so abruptly, but he will be remembered for his play on the field, his toughness to play through injuries, the philanthropic efforts made, and unfortunately the bizzare nature of his demise.

McNair was drafted by the Houston Oilers with the third overall pick of the 1995 NFL draft. McNair played his collegiate career for Alcorn State, a traditionally African-American college. He was a Walter Payton Award recipient in 1994, a three time pro-bowler with the Titans, (’00, ’03, ’05) and a one time Co-MVP of the league with Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in 2003. McNair also led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV, where they fell just one yard short of tying the game and sending it into overtime. McNair also spent two seasons in Baltimore with the Ravens before ending his career in 2007.

When I think of McNair, this is the drive that comes to mind. McNair made one of the greatest escapes in the history of the game on the second to final play…. RIP Steve.