With the third pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans take Vince Young from Texas.
As I sit back and look at this year's draft, I'm reminded of a few years ago when both Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf came out in the draft. There was much debate over who the better QB would be in the NFL--Manning who'd been consistent his four years at Tennessee or Leaf who seemed to be the hot flavor of the moment and the sexy pick. Well, I think we see how all of that turned out...
I do hope the Titans made the correct choice. I hope that history doesn't repeat itself in this case and that we can now get past the whole "who will the Titans pick?" debate and onto the "how much will he sign for?" debate.
Oh and I'm sure the Jay Cutler Vanderbilt faithful will all call in and whine "Why didn't we pick Jaaaaaaaaaaaay?"
I do wonder if picking Young puts a renewed emphasis and priority on bringing back McNair. Yes, he's under contract but the Titans have so bobbled that ball of late that it looks less likely we'll see him next year. But McNair had a similiar style coming out of college and I think a year or two with McNair as the Mr. Miyagi to Young's "Daniel-san" would be a great thing. Hopefully we won't have to throw Young to the wolves right away, instead letting him have time to learn the system, mature into the role and lead the Titans back to the Super Bowl.
At the very least, I've got my fingers crossed he's not the next Ryan Leaf.
Time will tell...it always does.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/29/2006 11:47:00 AM