From GM Broncoman: Before all those who will say why pass on guys like Tyson Jackson, Alex Mack, and Robert Ayers, I did some thinking regarding the Titans situation. Losing Albert Haynesworth was a sevre blow to the Titans front line, that being said, there is not a player with Haynesworth's abilities at 30 or in this draft for that matter. In evaluating Jackson, though he could likely be a productive DT in the 4-3, there was limited upside for him in that position, he lacks pass rushing explosion or quickness to be nothing more than a run stuffing DT. Robert Ayers again is limited in size and speed and lacks burst and would serve as a run stuffing DE, Tennessee already has plenty of those guys. So the pick came down between Alex Mack the best interior line prospect in the draft who would be able to learn from one of the games best in Kevin Mawae, who at 38 is likely playing his last season, and Gilbert, a physical freak who has potentially the biggest upside of any defensive line prospect in the draft. I chose Gilbert do to his ability to play multiple positions in a 4-3, he has the best penetration of any DT proposect and excellent speed with 4.81 - 40 yard speed, he could also be an effective DE. He also has a frame that can add for weight if needed being 6' 5", he squats 650, which for the length of his legs, is incrediable. His youtube video shows his lower body power and explosion. He obviously will need time to develop as his technique is lacking and he will be facing much stiffer competition in the NFL. His perfromance in the East-West shrine game showed he can step up to high competition and I would expect at the end of the season he will be starting. In Gilbert, I see a player very similar to Trevor Pryce who was too quick for guards and too powerfull for OT to handle, but needed some time to develop. Though Alex Mack may have been the safer pick, I think that a good center can be found later on in the draft. I had orginally looked at adding a WR here like Harvin, but all the 1st round talented WR (IMO) were off the board.
Commish's Thoughts: Broncoman makes a very strong case, and Tennessee is a good place with good coaching for a player like Jarron to hunker down and work on his game. The likelihood of him having an immediate impact is pretty low, and I would worry about him being a bust in the wrong situation, but Tennessee is probably not that situation. They can bring him along slowly, and get maximum potential out of one of the highest "upside" players.
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Arizona Cardinals are up next. Superbowl runners -up have their beady little eye ont eh rings for the next go around, but how much help will they get fromt he draft? Stay tuned to find out.
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Round 1, Pick #31 Overall