Pick six an unappealing prospect for Titans in 2014 draft

In this case, less is not more. It is simply less.

Unless general manager Ruston Webster manages to make a trade prior to or during the 2014 NFL draft, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Saturday, the Tennessee Titans will select fewer players than at any time in more than a decade.

Currently they have six selections, one in each of the seven rounds except the third. That is two fewer than they made last year and less than two-thirds their average number of picks over the last decade (9.5).

“I’d like to have more,” Webster said Tuesday. “Like anybody in my position you’d like to have more picks. So we’ll see what happens. If not, we’ll make the most of the six.”

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A year-by-year look at the number of Tennessee Titans draft picks over the last decade:

2013: 8
2012: 7
2011: 9
2010: 9
2009: 11
2008: 7
2007: 10
2006: 10
2005: 11
2004: 13

The last time the franchise ended up with so few picks it did not exactly make the most of situation.

Tennessee had eight at the start of the 2003 draft but sent three (a fifth, a sixth and a seventh-round choice) to New England to move up 10 spots in the fifth round. There they took Donnie Nickey, who at least stayed with the team longer than any of the other five players selected.

The top two picks that year, cornerback Andre Woolfolk and Tyrone Calico, fell well short of expectations. Running back Chris Brown, the third-round pick, was useful for several seasons but hardly the second coming of Eddie George, as hoped.

The current dearth of selections is the result of two things. The Titans were active in free agency last year when they added close to two dozen players. That meant no compensatory picks this year. Plus they traded this year’s third-round pick to San Francisco during last year’s draft in order to move up six spots in the second round so they could select wide receiver Justin Hunter.

“There are plenty of places where we could take a player that could help us, take a player that would have a chance to start at some point,” Webster said. “We feel good about where we are roster-wise, but there’s still areas for improvement.

“I think we did nice job feeling needs to take some pressure off [with what we did] in free agency, which was our goal and what we tried to do. I think that’s probably why it’s a little harder to project what we’re going to do.”

That and the fact that they just don't have a lot to do.