JOE BIDDLE: Another draft class for Titans

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Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, presents Alabama’s Rashaan Evans with his Tennessee Titans jersey during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

After three grueling days, the 2018 NFL Draft has been put to bed.  

The following days look for all the fans and ones who write about and report analysis on radio and television will give the NFL teams a draft record.  

I’m not about to give grades. I’d give all 32 teams one grade. Incomplete.  

I’m not sure how many forecasters got a mock draft 100 percent correct, but I doubt the number was less than 10.  

I thought the number of personal stories in this draft stood out to me.  

The most poignant story for me was the one that united brothers Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin. Shaquill has been a cornerback for the Seahawks since 2017.  

His twin brother Shaquem was taken in the fifth round. He was the 141st player drafted.  

Shaquem was four years old when doctors amputated his left hand. The family is a tight and classy group. Their mother said she has treated Shaquem like all her boys.  

The NFL network showed Shaquem and a young girl wearing a UCF shirt. She didn’t have one arm but ran and flipped up and down for Shaquem.  

The Griffin brothers now are the third pair of twins to be drafted in the NFL.  

I also liked the story of Washington State’s quarterback Luke Falk who is going to the Titans.  

The Titans drafted Falk to compete as a backup to quarterback Marcus Mariota. Falk is a big fan of Tom Brady after Brady was picked in the sixth round by New England in 2000 and is a sure shot to be in the Hall of Fame five years after he retires.  

Titans offensive coordinator Matt Fleur worked Falk out only one time. That was in Logan, Utah during the off-season.  

Falk is 6-3. 223-pounds and has two sisters living in Nashville. They are not unlike a lot of young people trying to make it in the music business.  

Falk set a Washington State record with 27 wins. He was a 3-time All-Pacific Athletic Coast player. He passed for 14,486 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2017 with only 13 interceptions.  

It appears GM Jon Robinson has found another catch. J-Rob used this draft for players who can try to fill vacant holes in the roster.  

The Titans moved up from No. 25 to No. 22 and drafted Alabama’s linebacker Rashaan Evans. Evans is an ideal pick for J-Rob and Coach Mike Vrabel.  

The Titans didn’t go for flashy. They knew what they needed, and it appears they got what they wanted.  

Joe Biddle is a WKRN.com sports analyst and a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Contact him at joebiddle11@gmail.com. 

 

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