NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- OK, Steve McNair was technically a Houston Oilers draft pick. In posts like these we generally limit ourselves to the Titans era, but here we considered everyone who wound up playing the bulk of his career in Tennessee. McNair, taken third overall in the 1995 NFL draft, gets the nod over some very good picks who played less important positions.
Why McNair is best draft pick in Titans history: McNair was a quarterback whose toughness came to define his team. That, above all else, gives him the nod here. He led his team within a yard of overtime in Super Bowl XXXIV at the end of the 1999 season, shrugging off and running away from defenders to get the Titans in position for the play that ended with Mike Jones tackling Kevin Dyson just short of the goal line. McNair also shared the 2003 MVP award with Peyton Manning. That season, McNair threw 24 touchdown passes and ran for four more and tossed only seven interceptions. He started 131 games over 11 seasons with the franchise, guiding it to the playoffs four times.
Jevon Kearse, DE: The 16th overall pick in 1999, Kearse provided the pass-rushing boost the Titans needed to grown into a Super Bowl team.
Keith Bulluck, OLB: The Titans were drafting the best available player, not for need, in 2000 when they landed Bulluck with the 30th overall pick. It took him two years to become a full-time starter, and he then started every game for seven consecutive seasons.
Michael Roos, LT: Hand-selected and developed by Titans Hall of Famer Mike Munchak, who coached the team's offensive line, Roos was the 41st pick in 2005. A steady and productive blind-side protector, he started 148 games in 10 seasons.
Chris Johnson, RB: The 24th pick in 2008 gave the Titans the sort of explosive playmaker they had lacked for too long, and he ran for 2,006 yards in 2009, when he was the NFL's offensive player of the year.