NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee took care of couple problems with one move.
The Titans traded a talkative backup running back Saturday and kept getting younger, and faster, on defense.
Tennessee opened the third and final day of the NFL draft Saturday by trading
They used that first pick on UCLA cornerback Alterraun Verner, and he can compete immediately for the open spot at the left corner - one of four starters Tennessee scrapped from a unit that gave up more yards passing than all but Detroit in the NFL in 2009. The Titans also ranked 28th in total yards allowed per game and gave up 31 touchdown receptions.
So they used four of their first five picks plugging gaps at end, linebacker and cornerback.
"We just wanted to go get the player,'' coach Jeff Fisher said of making the trade.
The trade also removes a player who has 24 touchdowns in his four seasons with Tennessee but struggled with being late and his weight. White's best weight loss came in the 2009 offseason when he dropped more than 30 pounds to reach 228.
By then, it was too late.
Nobody wanted White for the second-round pick Tennessee tendered him at hoping to attract some interest, so he signed his tender on April 15. The Titans started shopping White on Friday and put together the deal with Seattle on Saturday morning with Verner with 13 career interceptions with four returned for TDs still on the board.
Fisher said Verner will compete immediately to fill the open starting slot at left cornerback.
Asked if White fell out of favor, Fisher said the back practiced and was prepared to play.
"I can't blame him for wanting to play more because those are the kind of players you want on your roster. I think considering the circumstances he handled things. There were issues I don't need to bring up,'' Fisher said.
Tennessee used its fifth-round pick on safety Robert Johnson of Utah. He will provide immediate depth and had 13 career interceptions.