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Old 04-29-2008   #1
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Default Nashville: Seemingly, Titans didnít help Young

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2...nt-help-young/

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You canít judge an NFL draft for several years, which means labeling David Carr and Joey Harrington ó the first two quarterbacks taken in 2002 ó as busts is perfectly reasonable.

But the so-called experts handing out grades and criticizing teams before their draft picks can even get their hats fitted is a little unfair. Remember the Mario Williams/Reggie Bush debate?

Even ESPNís Mel Kiper Jr. seems hesitant to assign winners and losers in this yearís draft. He gave 30 of the 32 teams overall grades from B-plus to C. The Chiefs got an ďAĒ ó rare for Kiper ó and the Jaguars received (gasp!) a C-minus. Thatís the worst grade youíll ever see from him.

If Kiper had been my professor in college, Mom and Dad would be far less ashamed of me.

You can, however, decipher a teamís philosophy by the positions of the players they draft. And thatís my problem with the Tennessee Titansí draft over the weekend: It just seems like theyíre abandoning quarterback Vince Young instead of working to help him.

Letís look at three teams with young quarterbacks who are teetering between holding trophies and holding clipboards: Denver and Jay Cutler, Washington and Jason Campbell, and Tennessee and Young.

The first three picks for the Broncos were left tackle Ryan Clady, receiver Eddie Royal and center Kory Lichtensteiger. Will Cutler be taking the snap from Lichtensteiger, rolling left behind a block from Clady and throwing to Royal five years from now? No one knows. But you can see how the Broncos are committed to helping Cutler.

The Redskins are a playoff team who recognize where they need help to get past the wild-card round. Their first four picks were receiver Devin Thomas, tight end Fred Davis, receiver Malcolm Kelly and offensive guard Chad Rinehart. The Redskins will be receiving a Hallmark card from Campbellís address this week.

You have to wonder what Young was thinking as he pored over the draft results
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