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Titans Draft Countdown: Big Trade, Another Dyson Highlight 2001

Posted Apr 13, 2013

Draft Countdown is a look back at the past 20 years of drafts in Titans/Oilers franchise history in the 20 days before the 2013 NFL Draft.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans traded their first-round pick and a seventh-round selection in the 2001 NFL Draft during separate deals to add a player on the offensive and defensive line.

Tennessee sent the 29th overall pick to St. Louis for defensive end Kevin Carter, who was drafted sixth overall in 1995 and started 64 games in four seasons for the Titans. Carter recorded 23.5 sacks with Tennessee, including 10 in 2002 when he earned selection to the Pro Bowl.  The second trade involved a swap of the 229th overall pick for Oakland offensive lineman Gennaro DiNapoli, who started 18 of 23 games (all 16 in 2002) in two seasons with the Titans.

The Titans selected Andre Dyson with the 60th overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft. Click here for a slideshow of players from that year's class.

The first-round trade positioned Tennessee’s first selection at the 60th overall position in the second round where they chose Andre Dyson, a cornerback from Utah.

Dyson started 60 of 62 games he played in four seasons with Tennessee. He recorded 16 interceptions in that span, including a career-high six that he returned 135 yards in 2004. The previous season Dyson returned two of the four interceptions he made for touchdowns.

Dyson also recorded 59 pass breakups and three forced fumbles with the Titans, who drafted his older brother Kevin, a receiver, in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft. The Dysons were on the Titans in Andre’s first two pro seasons, and made NFL history when Andre returned an interception for a touchdown and Kevin had a receiving touchdown in the same game (Sept. 22, 2002).

The Titans turned to offensive players with their next five picks, selecting TE Shad Meier in the third round, WRs Justin McCareins and Eddie Berlin in the fourth and fifth rounds, and RB Dan Alexander and T Adam Haayer in the sixth round.

Meier caught 42 passes in 53 games with the Titans, including 25 in 2004. McCareins worked his way up the depth chart and started 10 games in 2003 when he had 47 receptions for a career-best 813 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned 29 punts for 330 yards and a touchdown and 13 kickoffs for 256 yards.

The Titans are scheduled to have nine picks in this year’s NFL Draft, including the 10th overall selection on April 25. Click here to visit Titans Draft Central.

The chart below shows selections made by the Titans in the 2001 NFL Draft:

Round

Pick

Player

Position

College

Years with Team

1

29

(Traded to St. Louis)

 

 

 

2

60

Andre Dyson

CB

Utah

2001-04

3

90

Shad Meier

TE

Kansas State

2001-04

4

124

Justin McCareins

WR

Northern Illinois

2001-03; 2008

5

159

Eddie Berlin

WR

Northern Iowa

2001-04

6a

192

Dan Alexander

RB

Nebraska

2001

6b

197

Adam Haayer

T

Minnesota

2001

7a

229

(Traded to Oakland)

 

 

 

7b

232

Keith Adams

LB

Clemson

None

 

1-pick traded to St. Louis for DE Kevin Carter

6b, 7b-picks awarded as compensatory selections

7a-pick traded to Oakland for C Gennaro DiNapoli

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