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Titans GM Assessing Strengths of Draft Class & Potential Free Agents

Posted by Craig Peters on February 21, 2014 – 1:53 pm

While assessing potential draft picks is on center stage this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, there’s also an opportunity for Titans general manager Ruston Webster to work on deals to extend players who are scheduled for free agency.

Titans GM Ruston Webster says its important to evaluate strengths of a draft class and potential free agents simultaneously, because they are so closely related.

Titans GM Ruston Webster says its important to evaluate strengths of a draft class and potential free agents simultaneously, because they are so closely related.

The GM, who is in his third year in the role, said it is important for the Titans to identify the strongest areas in the field of draft-eligible prospects, think about who may or may not be returning and keep in mind players from other teams who may become available through free agency next month.

He said the assessments that team personnel make this week will help guide the Titans through that process, and the results of free agency will likely influence decisions in May’s NFL Draft.

Last offseason the Titans added offensive weapons through free agency (TE Delanie Walker, RB Shonn Greene) and the draft (WR Justin Hunter).

Webster was asked Thursday during a media session about Walker and Hunter and how they will fit in new coach Ken Whisenhunt’s plans.

“I think Delanie (infographic) will be in a similar role this year, and he was really good for us on third down, he’s a good matchup in those situations. Delanie is a very competitive guy and he really stepped up for us,” Webster said. “I would say Justin (infographic), for somebody that came in, is an improving player. He flashed. He made some big plays, had some big games for us. And he’ll just continue to develop and get better. He has a boatload of talent.”

Tennessee has six draft picks (one in the first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds) after trading its 2014 third-round spot and its 2013 second-round selection to San Francisco to move up from the 40th to the 34th overall spot to take Hunter. Webster was also asked if he wished the Titans still had a third-round pick this year.

“Well, I’ll always wish that, but it has nothing to do with Justin Hunter,” Webster said. “I think Justin really flashed and came on. What I was really impressed with Justin was he got a little banged up during the late part of the season and played through it. He blocked and did all those things that we kind of demanded of him, more than just being a big threat as a receiver, and then he stepped up and had some big games for us and helped us win a couple, so I think the future is bright for Justin.”

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3 Responses to “Titans GM Assessing Strengths of Draft Class & Potential Free Agents”

  1. By fredrick boothman on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    did you know webster that hunter would still be there there was no need to trade that third round pick to draft hunter it was stupid because he would of been still there to pick at your spot i am sure of it.

  2. By LAtitansfan on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    Yeah… right Fredrick. Because you’re plugged in with other organizations around the NFL like an NFL GM, so you would know where a guy is going to get drafted. We’re lucky enough Hunter dropped to the second round, trading up to get him was a fantastic move, and he absolutely would NOT have been available any later than pick 34, since the 9ers were considering taking him. Well thought out though..

  3. By addicted2football on Feb 27, 2014 | Reply

    LAtitansfan is dead on, the reason we had to give up our 2014 3rd rounder is because the Niners wanted Hunter. I also was a little surprised that he fell to the 2nd round, but trading up to get him was brilliant, no regrets at all on that move.

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