NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The NFL Draft produces booms and busts every year.
Over the years, the Titans have had mixed results themselves.
Some picks, however, stand out as real dandies.
So, who have been the best picks in the Titans era?
Here's an all-Titans draft team through 2015, position-by-position, with a few guidelines:
• The player played for the Titans at some point after the move from Houston to Nashville in 1997.
• The player was drafted by the Oilers-Titans.
TitansOnline.com looks back at some of the team's #1 draft picks over the years. (AP Photos)
Under those rules, a player like offensive lineman Bruce Matthews -- a 1983 draft pick by the Houston Oilers who finished his career 19 years later with the Titans -- made the team. Tight end Frank Wycheck, who was signed by the team as a free agent in 1995 and became a three-time Pro Bowler with the Titans, wasn't eligible.
Titans Online also took into consideration where a player was drafted. So late-round picks who turned into elite players were graded up.
I did a few of these over the years while with The Tennessean, and have updated the list and chatter each time. In a few years, it will be interesting to see if recent draft picks bump some players from this list.
Best pick: Steve McNair, (1st round, 3rd overall, 1995).
McNair waited his turn early in his career, but he developed into a league MVP, and guided the Titans to a Super Bowl. Right now, he tops this list. Will Marcus Mariota, the second overall pick in 2015, supplant him here one day?
Titans Online looks back at the career of franchise-leading rusher Eddie George. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP, Getty)
Best picks: Eddie George, (1st round, 14th overall, 1996). Chris Johnson (1st round, 24th overall, 2008).
George racked up 10,009 yards in his eight seasons with the Titans, and was a four-time Pro Bowler. Johnson was a heck of a pick in 2008 – he racked up 7,965 yards in six seasons with the franchise.
Best picks: Derrick Mason, (4th round, 98th overall, 1997). Kevin Dyson, (1st round, 16th overall, 1998).
Mason is another guy who had to wait his turn. But he blossomed into a top-notch receiver with the Titans, and even made it to the Pro Bowl as a return man. Despite a knee injury in his second season, Dyson still had a productive stretch with the Titans and was involved in two of the organization's most memorable plays. The Titans hope Dorial-Green Beckham, a second round pick a year ago, will eventually be on this list.
A first-round pick (3rd overall) by the Houston Oilers in the 1995 NFL Draft, Steve McNair led the Titans to the playoffs four times, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV, while passing for 27,141 yards and 156 TDs in 11 seasons with the franchise. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP, Mike Mu)
Best pick: Erron Kinney, (3rd round, 68th overall, 2000).
Kinney played in 83 games over seven seasons, and racked up 178 catches for 1,750 yards before a knee injury ended his career. He was a solid player, no doubt. Remember, Wycheck wasn't a draft pick.
Best picks: Brad Hopkins, (1st round, 13th overall, 1993). Michael Roos, (2nd round, 41st overall, 2005).
Hopkins played 13 seasons at left tackle with the Oilers/Titans, and was named to two Pro Bowls during a great stretch by the Titans. Roos was a little-known player out of Eastern Washington heading into to the NFL, but the Titans found him. He was a consistent performer before retiring after the 2014 season.
Photos: AP, Donn Jones, Getty
Best picks: Bruce Matthews, (1st round, 9th overall, 1993). Benji Olson, (5th round, 139th overall, 1998).
Matthews earned an NFL record 14 straight Pro Bowls, and a Hall of Fame jacket at the end of his career. Olson started 142 career games and was one of the rocks on an offensive line that paved the way for George, and four playoff appearances.
Best pick: Eugene Amano, (7th round, 239th overall, 2004).
The Titans took a late-round flyer on Amano, who played at S.E. Missouri State. He's played all over the interior line in eight NFL seasons.
Best picks: Jevon Kearse, (1st round, 16th overall, 1999). Kenny Holmes, (1st round, 18th overall, 1997).
Kearse, aka "The Freak" busted onto the scene. He was the AFC's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1999, and he had 48.5 of his 74 career sacks with the team. Holmes racked up 21.5 sacks in four seasons with the Titans.
Best picks: Albert Haynesworth, (1st round, 15th overall, 2002). Robaire Smith, (6th round, 197th overall, 2000).
Sure, Haynesworth's career with the Titans had its share of rocky moments, but he turned into a two-time All-Pro and he was dominant at the end of his career. Smith was a project coming into the NFL, but he played 11 NFL seasons and had 388 career tackles.
Photos: Donn Jones, AP Photos
Best picks: Keith Bulluck, (1st round, 30th overall, 2000). Joe Bowden, (5th round, 133rd overall, 1992). Eddie Robinson, (2nd round, 50th overall, 1992).
Bulluck was a playmaker his entire career. He led the Titans in tackles in six seasons, and earned the nickname "Mr. Monday Night" for his performance in prime time. Bowden played in 100 games over five years with the Oilers/Titans and was a five-year starter. Eddie Robinson played eight seasons with the franchise and, like Bowden, was a starter on the Super Bowl team.
Best picks: Cortland Finnegan, (7th round, 215th overall, 2006). Samari Rolle, (2nd round, 46th overall, 1998).
Finnegan helped ease the sting of the Pacman Jones selection from the previous year. Discovered at tiny Samford University, Finnegan established himself as a shutdown corner during his six seasons with the franchise. Rolle racked up 23 interceptions in seven seasons with the Titans before ending his career with the Ravens.
Titans Online looks back at the career of former Titans DE Jevon Kearse. (AP Photos)