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Picked at 5: LB George Webster

Posted Apr 20, 2013

With the 2013 NFL Draft just five days away, Titans Online is taking a look back at players who were selected with the 20th or higher picks in a countdown until the Titans make their first-round choice with the 10th overall selection on April 25.

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6 | 5 | 3 | 2 | 1 | Trades of 17 | History of Pick 10

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans/Oilers organization has picked from the fifth overall spot one time in the history of the NFL Draft.

The Houston Oilers held the spot in 1967 — the first time a common draft occurred between the NFL and members of the American Football League — and selected linebacker George Webster out of Michigan State during the 17-round event.   

Webster was the third player selected out of Michigan State in that draft and one of four former Spartans in the top eight, joining top pick Bubba Smith, second pick Clint Jones and eighth pick Gene Washington. Quarterback Steve Spurrier and Hall of Fame QB Bob Griese were picked third and fourth, respectively.

The selection of Webster came one year after Houston drafted LB Tommy Nobis at the fifth spot in the AFL Draft a day after the NFL’s expansion Atlanta Falcons selected him. After deliberation and contention, Nobis signed with Atlanta.

Webster played in all or parts of six seasons with Houston and recorded four interceptions and four fumble recoveries (all of Webster’s time with the Oilers occurred before tackle statistics were kept).

Webster was named All Pro and made three consecutive AFL All-Star Games in his first three pro seasons before missing seven games in 1970, the year that the Oilers joined the American Football Conference in merging with the NFL.

The Titans have the 10th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft on April 25. Click here to visit Titans Draft Central.

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