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In the eye of the beholder

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When it comes to grading NFL draft classes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

While it is entertaining to see your favorite team’s report card, don’t take any of them for gospel. You will know in three years how your team did with its 2014 draft class.

Titans fans have a keen interest level in this draft class, if only because it is the first one head coach Ken Whisenhunt has played a major role in.

It appears Whisenhunt and General Manager Ruston Webster are off to a solid start when it comes to drafting philosophy and ability to work together.

Are there going to be disagreements? Sure. All NFL coaches and general managers have them. But in the final analysis, teams that have a defined plan as to what their needs are, usually find that it pays off in the war room and on the field.

Both men have a sense of humor and share a deadpan deliveries that leave some doubt as to whether they are kidding or serious.

When asked how they got along in the war room during their first draft, the Mississippi native Webster had this to say: “You know it got rough when (Whisenhunt) had two sparks, a five-hour energy drink and a Red Bull. I thought he was going to choke me out a couple of times," he deadpanned.

Then, “No, it was good."

Whisenhunt is the more intense of the two. He is not bashful when it comes to speaking what’s on his mind

“It’s a pretty intense experience, but it’s also a great experience" Whisenhunt said. “You find out about guys you are working with. We had a great (war) room up there. It was a lot of fun."

One characteristic they firmly share is a goal to place as many players who can do more than one thing on the football field.

You won’t find many Eagle Scouts on an NFL roster. Some of them have run-ins with the law during their college days. There are some concerns with at least two of the 2014 draft class.

First round draft pick Taylor Lewan spent a lot of time explaining an alleged incident when he supposedly threatened a female who had accused a teammate of a sexual assault when he was a Michigan freshman. He denied it and there were no arrests at that time.

He is facing three misdemeanor assault charges after an alleged incident after the Ohio State-Michigan game was over in East Lansing. There is always bad blood between those two schools and allegedly Lewan roughed up an Ohio State fan that brought charges against him. Lewan has a court date later this month.

The Titans took LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger in the sixth round. Mettenberger was dismissed from Georgia’s football team when he pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery in 2010. He went to Butler CC before enrolling at LSU. Mettenberger also flunked a drug test at this year’s combine.

As Titans fans know, there have been some off-the-field issues involving Titans players in the past such as Pacman Jones, Kenny Britt and Vince Young.

All eyes will be on Whisenhunt and Webster when it comes to disciplining players. The Jeff Fisher regime was soft on players who broke rules. Mike Munchak wasn’t here long enough to evaluate how he disciplined wayward players.

That was then. This is now.

Contact Wilson Post Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com. 

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