Titans visits thus far

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Titans visits thus far

NFL Draft Diamonds reported that Jon Robinson worked out Eastern Washington wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.

Most of his numbers are better than Cooper Kupp’s

 


Bourne is the 72nd ranked wideout according to CBSSports. He is an undrafted free agent candidate.

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Eastern Washington defensive end Samson Ebukam reportedly ran a 4.45 40 yard dash. During his college career, he has played outside linebacker, inside linebacker, defensive end, and defensive tackle, although primarily at defensive end. The Nigerian prospect has some ridiculous athleticism. While he is raw, that 40 time may have boosted him from an undrafted free agent to becoming a 7th round pick. Surely, defensive coordinators would like the opportunity to see his speed on the edge in training camp.

Josh Norris reported that the Titans have a predraft visit with Purdue wide receiver Deangelo Yancey. The undrafted free agent is CBSSports’ 50th rated wide receiver.

The Titans reportedly did and did not meet with UConn Safety Obi Melifonwu. Yes, the joy of twitter and contradictions. The tall athletic safety is projected as a late first or early second round prospect.

“Everyone” on twitter is reporting that O.J. Howard will visit with the Titans. The top rated tight end is moving into a somewhat uncomfortable spot for the Titans in the draft. Originally, he seemed to be a likely pick at the 18th slot, but he has risen on many draft boards. Since the Titans have the fifth pick, Howard could possibly be a trade down target for the Titans.

According to Aaron Wilson, tackle Mason Zandi met with the Titans at his pro day. The six-foot-nine-inch tackle was measured by some to reportedly be an inch taller. Regardless, he is huge and would be an interesting undrafted free agent.

The Titans reportedly met with Kennesaw State’s strong safety Derrick Farrow at his pro day. I can’t confirm this on twitter or google. In 2015, Farrow was Big Sky defensive player of the week when he forced three fumbles and returned one for a touchdown. The undrafted free agent is highly regarded for his hustle and not giving up on a play.

The Titans staff reportedly led some drills at the Houston pro day. Tyus Bowser caught the eye of some, supposedly. Here is an article from SportingNews detailing the outside linebacker/defensive end’s strengths.

“Everyone” was at the Ohio State pro day and wide receiver Curtis Samuel impressed with his ability to play multiple positions. The Titans and the other 31 teams, were surely curious about many players.

CBS wrote: “Offensive lineman Andrew Eide isn’t a well-known prospect, but he should be. He was a defensive lineman at Southern Utah before moving to the offensive line and transferring to BYU for his final season in 2016. He started all 13 games at left tackle and more than held his own, projecting best inside at guard.

At Friday’s pro day, Eide (6-foot-4, 303 pounds) had a 5.12-second 40-yard dash, 33 reps on the bench press, 9-foot-6 broad jump and 31-inch vertical. He was worked out as a guard, but by request from several NFL reps in attendance…”

The Titans reportedly were interested in Eide and safety Kai Nacua. CBS does not report the Titans, so there is a contradiction. Both are projected undrafted free agents. Nacua is the 19th rated safety as per CBS.

Jim Wyatt wrote: “Titans general manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey were among a large contingent of NFL officials on hand at the indoor practice facility on the TSU campus. They were there to get another look at Dunker, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman, and Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back.

Dunker, an AAU basketball star as a youngster who just started playing football his junior year in high school, went through position drills, and showed off his feet on Friday. He worked in drills with Titans offensive line coach Russ Grimm.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson was among those right in the middle of the action, working with the defensive linemen in drills. A total of 13 former Blue Raiders showcased their talents before NFL scouts on Friday, including running back I’Tavius Mathers, who ran a pair of 4.47 times in the 40, according to the school.”

Again, “everyone” was at Michigan’s pro day to see many athletes perform- same with Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, and…you get the point with some of these schools.

Many from the Titans attended Vanderbilt’s pro day.

David Schuman reports that the Titans met with running back Trey Edmunds.


Jared Tokarz reported that the Titans met with Derek Rivers from Youngstown State at his pro day. He is projected to be a day two pick in the NFL draft. Defensive end Avery Moss “had a chat” with the Titans. I’m unsure of the difference between “met with” and “had a chat.” The likely undrafted free agent would provide an unusual result if the Titans were to draft two ends from Youngstown State.

The Titans were said to be vocal at Washington’s pro day. Another event in which “everyone” attended. Washington has many prospects. I have yet to clarify anything about the “they were vocal” statement.

Jovan Alford tweeted that the Titans met with Haason Reddick at their pro day.


After Temple players wrapped up their pro day, Haason Reddick was speaking with a #Titans scout.

The Titans reportedly were at Illinois’ pro day to check out Dawuane Smoot and….Hardy Nickerson. Nickerson is a fantastic idea. His dad was a terrific inside linebacker, that played for Dick Lebeau in Pittsburgh, before moving on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Projected as a seventh-round pick by CBS, it would be fascinating to see how much he is like his dad.

At the Rutgers pro day, the Titans were reportedly interested in Anthony Cioffi,  Andre Agudosi, Greg Jones, and Paul James. James has been out of football and injured. Jones has played both linebacker and running back in college. Cioffi seemed to get most of their attention. The safety is projected as an undrafted free agent and he “flew” at his pro day with times reported between 4.3 and 4.4 range. The former high school quarterback has played cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in college.

Cioffi seemed to get most of their attention. The safety is projected as an undrafted free agent and he “flew” at his pro day with times reported between 4.3 and 4.4 range. The former high school quarterback has played cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in college. Here is some about his training with former NFL DB Ray Buchanan.

GIGANTIC grain of salt

There is no standard for reporting where one must state that a member of a staff went into a room and had a closed door meeting with a player. I have been at pro days, seen a coach shake someone’s hand, and say “how ya doin’.” Later that same day, I saw that reported as a meeting. I try to stick to experienced reporters and sites for info, but it is still challenging.

Another point of contention is that no one ever seems to leave open the possibility that a meeting went poorly. It’s always “they met with this player and are going to draft him.”

I discarded a ton of reports with major “names” and tried to focus on UDFAs here. NFL teams will not spend one of their “few” scheduled visits on a UDFA. If they speak with them at their pro day, that is of some significance.

 

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