Heyward-Bey a perfect fit for Titans

Back in January, I drooled over the prospect of former Florida Gator Percy Harvin becoming a Tennessee Titan.

Harvin reminds me of Titans running back Chris Johnson, and I wondered what it would be like to have two Chris Johnsons on the Titans offense.

Percy Harvin may well be available when the Titans pick at number 30 in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, but it’s for all the wrong reasons.

Suspicions about Harvin’s character were confirmed when it was revealed on April 22 that he tested positive for marijuana at February’s NFL Combine.

If the Titans are still considering drafting Harvin, they might as well resign Adam “Pacman” Jones.

I hope the Titans consider former Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey instead.

Positives for Heyward-Bey are his height, speed, his experience in a run-first offense and his willingness to block downfield. Also, he has no character concerns that would discourage a team from drafting him.

If the Titans draft Percy Harvin, they might as well resign Adam “Pacman” Jones.

The knocks against Heyward-Bey are his lack of production, his route running and his inconsistent hands.

If you combine his strengths and weaknesses, Heyward-Bey is a perfect choice for the Titans at number 30. Some mock drafts project him as a mid-round pick. I think that’s a bit of a reach, and you know what I think of mock drafts: not much.

If someone gambles on Heyward-Bey, the Titans should wait until a later round before drafting a receiver.

Kenny Britt is big, strong and a polished route runner, but he’s not exceptionally fast. The Titans might as well resign Justin McCareins. At least McCareins knows the offense.

Hakeem Nicks is an alternative I can live with. He’s quick, elusive and has good hands, but he’s not a burner like Heyward-Bey.

I hope the Titans recognize that its about time to draft a game-changing wide receiver in the first round. Darrius Heyward-Bey has my vote.


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