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You may not return to the fifth round, but the Titans will land two young talents from the first round at their largest demand positions.
The Titans rose for the second time on many nights and on Friday voted Boston College Edge Harold Landry with the 41st overall point in the second round of the NFL Draft. Tennessee got his second and third rounds, the 57th and 89th overall, to the Raiders to go in for Landry, which many design experts had presented to the Titans in the first round.
The Titans were actually thinking about Landry on Thursday, General Manager Jon Robinson said before they jump their fourth round to the Ravens, jumping from No. 25 to 22 where they [Alibama selected within linebacker Rashaan Evans.
"Both of these players people – I mean, Harold was for whatever, how much stock you put into fake designs – he was mocked in some of those pseudo-games in his teens," Robinson said. "We felt we had a first-round player who somehow slipped into the second round and we were lucky enough to get him."
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The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Landry may have been selected in the first round, had he declared the final draft year, having collected 22 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 2016 would have.
But his production suffered on his return to BC for his senior season when he was limited to nine games due to an ankle injury. He managed 8.5 tackles for the loss, five sacks and two pass-breaks.
Harold Landry participates in the training exercises during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)
"I have absolutely no regrets," said Landry. "When I came back for my last year, I met my fiancee, my son was born and now I'm a Tennessee Titan, I do not think it can get much better."
Landry said he was perfectly healthy, and Robinson said the ankle was not a problem.
"Our doctors, they are much smarter than me, and he was obviously on our board," said Robinson. "He was acquitted for us, we think he's healthy and ready to roll, and we look forward to having him here in two weeks."
As far as his production is concerned?
"He still has a fastball," Robinson said. "Still very athletic, can dip and bend, can change direction, turn the corner and come quarterback, can set the edge, he has a good length, he's not a really big big player, but he has long arms and he has a few snapshots with his hands, I thought that he would attract much more attention this year, obviously with a really good season 16. You will obviously get more people blocking you It can not be more ecstatic. "
Landry offers depth behind the start by veterans outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan. But he is not expected to serve as "second best".
"I expect him to line up like Kevin Dodd and (Aaron Wallace) and Josh Carraway," said Titan coach Mike Vrabel. I expect them from them, and we expect them to, and hopefully their teammates are expecting them from them, I do not want anyone to be a second cast. "
The Titans have none on Saturday until the fifth round, # 162 another draft pick. They have two tips in the sixth round, nos. 199 and 215.
Robinson shared several times in his first two drafts as general manager, seizing more picks to meet as many needs as possible.
But with the Titans In the following 9-7 seasons and the first playoff victory in 14 years, the talent level of Rosters Robinson offered a comfortable level that allowed him to be aggressive.
"I really like the depth of the football team," said Robinson. "And adding these two guys, I think, really strengthens us on the defensive side of the ball."
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