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On the Roster: Third Rounders

Posted Apr 22, 2013

“On the Roster” is a round-by-round look at when each player on the Titans was selected in previous NFL Drafts. With three days before this year’s draft begins, here’s a look at the third round.

On the Roster: 7th Rounders | 6th Rounders | 5th Rounders | 4th Rounders
3rd Rounders | 2nd Rounders | 1st Rounders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans drafted four of the five players on the roster who were selected in the third round of the past five NFL Drafts.

Damian Williams caught this game-winning TD against Tampa in 2011, a year after he was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft.
Click here for a slideshow of Titans players selected in the third round.

Three third-round selections — receiver Damian Williams (77th pick in 2010) and defensive tackles Jurrell Casey (77th in 2011) and Mike Martin (82nd in 2012) — have made the team in the past three years, joining tight end Craig Stevens (85th in 2008). The Titans also added running back Shonn Greene, the first player chosen in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft, through free agency this offseason.

Williams has 91 receptions for 1,135 yards and five touchdowns in 16 starts and 44 games with the Titans. He set career highs with 45 catches for 592 yards and all of his scoring plays in 2011 and has developed a knack for tapping his toes in bounds near the sideline or back of the end zone after leaping catches.

Stevens’ primary responsibility is as a blocker but his hands are more than stable in the passing game and he moves fluidly. He averaged 18.4 yards per reception in 2011 thanks to a 58-yarder during a game-winning drive against Denver and followed with career bests of 23 receptions for 275 yards in 2012.

Casey has started 31 of 32 games played in two seasons and has been quite consistent. He recorded 74 tackles as a rookie and 80 last year. Casey has 5.5 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, 11 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in two seasons on the interior of the defensive line.

Martin made one start and played in all 16 games as a rookie. He recorded 40 tackles, three sacks, three quarterback pressures and five tackles for loss.

The Titans signed Greene to be a change-of-style complement to speedster Chris Johnson. Although his methods are different from Johnson, Greene has rushed for more than 1,050 yards in each of the past two seasons and 14 touchdowns in that span. He has shared carries in the past and said he won’t mind doing the same with Johnson.

Tennessee is scheduled to pick 10th overall in Thursday’s NFL Draft and make nine overall selections during the three-day event. Those picks include two spots in the third round (70th and 97th overall). Click here to visit Titans Draft Central.

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