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Titans Impressed with Sensabaugh's Knowledge of Game

Posted Apr 28, 2012

The Titans took Clemson cornerback Coty Sensabaugh at No. 115 overall in the fourth round.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — So much attention is placed on physical performances at the combine, and Coty Sensabaugh didn’t disappoint in Indianapolis in February.

The former Clemson cornerback ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, but may have made a better impression during interviews with new Titans secondary coach Brett Maxie.

“The kid is extremely bright,” Maxie said. “Clemson does a lot of things defensively in terms of adjustments. In talking to him at the combine, he did an outstanding job of telling us exactly what they did from a schematic standpoint.”

The Titans drafted Sensabaugh (5-foot-11, 189 pounds) Saturday with the 115th overall pick in the fourth round.

Sensabaugh said he considers his knowledge of the game as his best attribute, and Munchak said that will allow the Titans multiple options on defense.

“You don’t have to worry about putting him in one spot,” Munchak said. “The fact that he is such a smart football player, you are not as worried about moving the guy around because he can handle it. He has already done it and been a good football player in a good system. That excites us about getting a guy right now in the fourth that can come in and help us in that way on defense. I know these guys are excited about getting with him. We all felt good that he is the one to jump on, and there he was. We feel that we got a really good football player.”

Maxie and assistant secondary coach Steve Brown said Sensabaugh performed well wherever Clemson coaches placed him in the secondary. This past season, Sensabaugh played on the outside and delivered a strong performance against South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery, who was drafted by Chicago in the second round.

“The first three years, he was primarily their inside guy at nickel,” Maxie said. “This past season, he was a full-time outside defender. He was very valuable to that program, in terms of a guy who was very bright, who could play inside and outside. They had so many great players to play outside, and he was a great one, they had to find a way to get him on the field quickly.”

Brown added: “When you watch him on film, there’s certain times he shows great instincts. If you had told me he had only started for one year, I would have been shocked because he’s very athletic, he runs well, he sees things well, he can do a number of things and adds great depth to what we’re trying to do, and I think he’s got a chance to be a really good player for us.”

Veteran scout Cole Proctor said Sensabaugh, a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tenn., is “a quality young man and he’s going to really flourish here.”

Sensabaugh is a second cousin of seven-year pro safety Gerald Sensabaugh, who was drafted in 2005 by the Jaguars and spent the past two seasons in Dallas. The younger Sensabaugh said he received advice from the veteran on what the draft would be like.

Although the rookie has never attended a Titans game, he said he looks forward to joining his home state team. He also looks forward to reuniting with former Clemson running back Jamie Harper, a fourth-round pick by the Titans in 2011.

“It was great news because I’m from Tennessee,” he said. “It’s just a blessing. I’m just happy to be able to participate in the NFL Draft, and being drafted and staying local — I don’t even know, words can’t even describe it. I don’t know what to say.”

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