The Titans conclude their portion of the 2010 draft by selecting Brown DT David Howard. The selection was made with the Titans’ seventh-round compensatory pick, the 241st overall.
The 6′ 3″, 293 pound Howard had a good pro day with some outstanding measurables: 39 bench reps and a 5.03 forty. That’s better than a lot of DTs who have worn the two-tone blue.
Playing against smaller Ivy League linemen, Howard was frequently double teamed. We’ll see how he does going against NFL o-linemen in training camp. He has something in his favor, 39 bench reps indicate he won’t be outmuscled by anyone.
Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know what you might get from a seventh-round pick. Previous Titans’ drafts have found a diamond in the rough (Cortland Finnegan) and contributing starters Kevin Long, Carlos Hall, Eugene Amano and Reynaldo Hill. Those are the exceptions, the guys who didn’t pan out are more numerous. Some seventh round draft picks spend a year on the practice squad, as was the case with last year’s seventh-rounders, Ryan Durand and Nick Schommer.
Howard will fill the void left with the loss of Kevin Vickerson and will compete to fill out the back end of the DT rotation.