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Titans Draft Countdown: Kendall Wright, Zach Brown Top Two in 2012

Posted Apr 24, 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 surprised some draft forecasters in 2012 with the selection of receiver Kendall Wright at the 20th overall spot, but shifted back to defense for five of their other six picks.

Tennessee selected linebacker Zach Brown in the second round, defensive tackle Mike Martin in the third, cornerback Coty Sensabaugh in the fourth, tight end Taylor Thompson in the fifth, safety Markelle Martin in the sixth and defensive end Scott Solomon in the seventh.

Wright proved to be a top talent, tying for the rookie lead with 64 receptions. He gained 626 yards on those catches and scored four touchdowns. The Titans would like to increase his yards per reception from 9.8 a year ago toward the 13.3 mark he averaged in four seasons at Baylor. Wright increased his number of catches, yards and touchdowns each season of college.

Brown started 13 of 16 games as a rookie and became a more dynamic player each week. He recorded 93 tackles (70 solos and six for loss), 5.5 sacks, three interceptions, six passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Brown showed his elite speed for his position in the finale when he returned interceptions 79 and 30 yards for touchdowns against Jacksonville.

Mike Martin played in all 16 games and recorded 40 tackles (five for loss) and three sacks while adding depth at defensive tackle. Sensabaugh made three starts in the 16 games he played and recorded 27 tackles (23 solos) and three passes defensed while also playing special teams.

The Titans drafted seven players in the 2012 NFL Draft and are scheduled to make nine selections this year. Click here for a slideshow of players chosen last year.

Thompson was another selection that drew interest because he played defensive end in college but entered the draft as a tight end. Thompson played in all 16 games as a reserve tight end and on special teams where he recorded 11 tackles. His blocking came along quickly, and the Titans are likely to look to him more in the passing game this season.

In its first draft with Ruston Webster as general manager, Tennessee traded up 10 spots to draft Thompson and sent its fifth and seventh round picks to Miami. The Titans traded back into the seventh round by sending a sixth-round selection to Minnesota and drafted Solomon, who played in 13 games as a reserve on the defensive line and on special teams.

Markelle Martin fell to the sixth round last year after suffering a knee injury during his preparations for the NFL Combine. He was unable to regain full healthfulness last year.

Tennessee has the 10th overall pick in the first round of this year’s draft on Thursday and is scheduled to make nine selections during the three-day event. Click here to visit Titans Draft Central.

The chart below shows the selections made by the Titans in the 2012 NFL Draft:

Round

Pick

Player

Position

College

Years with Team

1

20

Kendall Wright

WR

Baylor

2012-present

2

52

Zach Brown

LB

North Carolina

2012-present

3

82

Mike Martin

DT

Michigan

2012-present

4

115

Coty Sensabaugh

CB

Clemson

2012-present

5a

145

Taylor Thompson

TE

SMU

2012-present

5b

155

(Traded to Miami)

 

 

 

6

190

Markelle Martin

S

Oklahoma State

2012-present

7a

211

Scott Solomon

DE

Rice

2012-present

7b

227

(Traded to Miami)

 

 

 

5a-pick acquired in trade with Miami for fifth (155) and seventh-round (227) picks

5b-pick traded to Miami (see 5a)

7a-pick acquired in trade with Minnesota for a sixth-round choice in 2013

7b-pick traded to Miami (see 5a)

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