Jeff Fisher's history with the NFL Draft has been the subject of much discussion 'round these parts in the past. Last year, our own D Hawk put together this exhaustive look at Fisher's draft history during his nearly two decades as a head coachin an effort to add one more tea leaf to our St. Louis Rams draft predictions oracle. Looking back at that table and thinking about the 2014 NFL Draft, I noticed something else.
Here's every first-round pick by Fisher's Titans teams (I didn't include 1994 since he took over midseason):
|2010||16||Derrick Morgan||DE||Georgia Tech|
|2008||24||Chris Johnson||RB||East Carolina|
|2005||6||Pacman Jones||DB||West Virginia|
|1997||18||Kenny Holmes||DE||Miami (FL)|
|1996||14||Eddie George||RB||Ohio St.|
|1995||3||Steve McNair||QB||Alcorn St.|
Tennessee didn't have a first-round pick in 2004.
Now, here are the Rams' first-round picks since Fisher landed in St. Louis:
|2013||1||8||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia|
Notice something? Fisher's teams have never taken a player at the same position with first-round picks in consecutive years.
Take that fact with a dose of context. Much has been made about Fisher's team never drafting an offensive lineman in the first round, but that was partly because of circumstance -- e.g. he inherited LT Brad Hopkins who started from 1993 through 2005, and second-round pick Michael Roos took over in 2005.
Having a pair of first-round picks for the second year in a row could also change that trend, since that's never happened to Fisher's teams before. Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning this fact, especially with plenty of talk among fans and draftniks lately about taking Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the second pick.
There's your piece of Jeff Fisher draft trivia for the year.