Sometimes a team is more lucky than it is good. Sometimes a team just comes up short in its pursuit of an NFL Championship.
Such is the storied history of the Tennesee Titans. As the team that finished its 1999 season just 1-yard short of a Super Bowl title and fell short, but got to the Super Bowl because of the "Music City Miracle," this team ahs provided the NFL and its fans some amazing highlights in the last 14 seasons.
It has also made some of the best draft picks in NFL history.
Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews anchored the offensive line. Earl Campbell ran over defenders toward the goal line. Ken Burroughs caught pass after pass.
And then there are the ones this team wants to forget. For all the success of this franchise as a member of the AFL and then the NFL, there have been picks that make the front office cringe a bit. Here is a look at these five. All information obtianed in this story is from NFL.com.
Andre Woolfolk -- 2003
What makes the selection of Woolfolk particularly painful for Titans fans is that Nnamdi Asomugha (No. 31 overall) and Charles Tillman (No. 35 overall) were picked shortly after the Oklahoma corner. That draft class also provided Rashean Mathis, Asante Samuel, Ike Taylor and Yeremiah Bell. Rather than attain one of the handful of cornerbacks in the 2003 draft to go on to extremely productive, and lengthy, NFL careers, the Titans took a player who lasted just four seasons, made a total of 12 starts and picked off three passes.
Pacman Jones -- 2005
Before off-the-field conduct halted Jones' time in Tennessee, he was an electric return specialist and play-making cornerback (he had four picks in 2007, including one for a touchdown). However, things went south in the offseason prior to the 2007 season. For a player selected at No. 6 overall in the draft, Jones -- having since dropped "Pacman" to go by Adam Jones -- did not warrant the gamble taken by the Titans and lasted just two seasons in Tennessee.
Chris Henry -- 2007
Henry was another player whose intrigue grew in the time leading up to the draft. Henry dominated at the NFL Scouting Combine, ripping through the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds. Henry's time in Tennessee was brief and unproductive. In November of his rookie season, Henry was slapped with a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Henry finished his rookie year with just 119 yards and two touchdowns. The next season was worse: One carry for three yards. A year later Henry was cut by the Titans.
Ben Troupe -- 2004
Troupe displayed a heaping helping of potential while playing college ball at Florida, and the Titans had hoped that would translate to the professional ranks. It didn't. Troupe lasted four seasons in Tennessee, where his production failed even to match that of another former Gator tight end, Erron Kinney. Neither player was able to fill the shoes of Titans legend Frank Wycheck, who retired following the 2003 season.
Tyrone Calico -- 2003
Enamored with a local speedster out of Middle Tennessee State, the Titans burned a second-round draft choice on Calico (who also added a height-weight dimension of 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds to his enticing draft profile). Calico started just eight games over three seasons with the Titans, for whom he reached the end zone just four times.