Grading the 2015 Titans Draft One Year Later
- Updated: May 30, 2016
Immediately after a draft concludes, analysts of every major sports network provide letter grades for a team’s draft. These grades are often based on whether the analyst liked the players personally, whether a team “reached” on players, and the amount of balanced aggression the team showed. However, it’s simply impossible to grade a draft as soon as it’s been completed.
I personally can’t stand draft grades the day after a draft, which is why I never assign letter grades to a team myself. So, instead, I’ll begin a tradition of grading picks a year after the fact. Here’s a review of the Titans’ 2015 draft class, based on their performances in year one, and unreached upside.
Round One: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Marcus Mariota took the league by storm last season, posting a perfect passer rating in his first career game. But, as Mariota said himself in a recent interview, there were bumps along the way. He played behind an offensive line that was lackluster at best, and had only one real receiving threat (Delanie Walker). In the midst of the poor circumstances, Mariota showed flashes of brilliance all year long, most notably his comeback win in overtime in New Orleans. He still has plenty to work on, though. Mariota fumbled ten times last year, losing six of them. He also threw a few interceptions late in games that resulted in a loss. The former Heisman winner still has plenty to work on, but his ceiling is as high as any QB prospect over the last decade.