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Titans Pleased With Draft Picks

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The Titans selected Rice defensive end Scott Solomon in the seventh round. (Dave Martin/AP) The Titans selected Rice defensive end Scott Solomon in the seventh round. (Dave Martin/AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When everyone expected them to go defense in round one, the Titans picked a receiver.  They selected a tight end that only played defensive end in college, and made no moves until a pair of trades in the waning hours of day three.

But after assessing their new crop of seven, the Titans are pleased.

"It's a good group. Different kinds of players. Some are a little bit more upside type of guys. Others are kind of solid. They are what they are. And those are the type of guys we like to have on our team," said Titans General Manager, Ruston Webster.

"Definitely brought a lot of speed. I think we got a lot of good guys who love the game. Some guys are going to bring passion to it, along with, obviously you got talent, or we wouldn't have selected them. So I'm really excited about the group we have; that they're going to come in, love to compete, and they're going to add a lot to the football team," said Head Coach Mike Munchak.

The Titans selected Kingsport native Coty Sensabaugh in the fourth round.  Sensabaugh dreamed of playing at Tennessee growing up, but wasn't offered a scholarship. So he went to Clemson, excelled, and now is headed to the league  with his home state team.

"Just being able to stay local is really good. I'm greatly appreciative of that. I'm just happy. Words can't describe how I feel. I really don't know what to say. A lot of people don't get to play close to their family, especially at this level. So me getting to play in Tennessee, it's really a blessing. I hope everyone gets to come watch me play," said Sensabaugh.

The Tennessee Titans traded back into the NFL draft and selected defensive end Scott Solomon of Rice at No. 211 overall in the seventh-round.

The Titans also swapped their own seventh-round pick to Miami to move up 10 spots in the fifth round. They traded a sixth-round pick in 2013 with Minnesota to get back into the final round to draft their only defensive end.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Solomon had 24 career sacks tying the school record at Rice, including 8.5 as a senior. He also had 43.5 tackles for loss in his career.

The Titans also drafted defensive tackle Mike Martin of Michigan in the third round. But Solomon is their first end with Tennessee trying to boost a pass rush that managed only 28 sacks last season.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This report.)

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