The following is a chart of how many offensive linemen were taken by each team over the last 5 years, both overall and in the first three rounds:
|Team||Total picks||OL drafted 1st 3 rounds||Total OL drafted||% of picks on OL|
Over the last 5 years, the Titans had 16 draft picks in the first 3 rounds. They were one of just two teams in the NFL not to have drafted any offensive linemen in the first 3 rounds, and they picked just 3 offensive linemen overall. Only 7% of their draft picks were offensive linemen over that span, second fewest only to the Buccaneers, who employ a GM who basically admitted he can’t evaluate college offensive linemen.
The Titans’ willingness to ignore their OL in the draft was somewhat justifiable, since they found both of their bookends in the 2005 draft (Michael Roos and David Stewart), and both are good players. However, Roos and Stewart are both 30, and G Steve Hutchinson retired. The Titans signed Andy Levitre away from Buffalo to a big contract (6 years, $46.8 million) to replace Hutchinson. Obviously he’ll play one spot. The Titans also signed Chris Spencer (Bears) and Robert Turner (Rams) to low money, 1-year deals. Those two signings should have little affect on whether or not the Titans decide to draft a guard.
Leading up to the Combine, Chance Warmack was being talked about as a possible top 5 pick. Then he ran a 5.49 40, and perhaps lost some of his luster. In the middle of the last decade, Shawn Andrews’ career fizzled due to injuries and possibly a dislike for the game. However, when he was healthy and interested, he was the best OG in the NFL. What did Andrews run in the 40 at the Combine? 5.49, the same as Warmack, and Warmack is not the headcase that Andrews was.
Head coach Mike Munchak is a former 10x All-Pro, 9x Pro Bowl guard who was drafted in the top 10 (8th overall in 1982). My guess is that he won’t care much about Warmack’s disappointing 40, and instead focus on his tremendous game film. Warmack would be outstanding value at 10, and would give the Titans two excellent guards, much like the Saints had with Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks for their Super Bowl run.