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Titans to Pick 10th Overall in NFL Draft

Posted Feb 16, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans currently hold one pick in six of the seven rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft, including the 10th overall selection in the first round. 

Additionally, the Titans are expected to be granted more picks in Rounds 3-7 as compensatory selections, based on net unrestricted free agency losses in 2012. 

The sixth round is the only one in which the Titans do not own a pick.  During the final day of the 2012 draft, the Titans acquired a seventh-round selection from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the Titans’ 2013 sixth-rounder.  They used the pick from the Vikings to draft defensive end Scott Solomon from Rice.

THREE-DAY PROCESS BEGINS APRIL 25 IN PRIMETIME

The 2013 NFL Draft will start in primetime for the fourth consecutive year.  The first round will be held on Thursday, April 25.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 26.  Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 27. The entire NFL Draft will be televised by NFL Network and ESPN.

The NFL will conduct the draft from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, while Titans personnel will be headquartered at Baptist Sports Park in Nashville.

WEBSTER’S SECOND DRAFT

The selection process will be the second overseen by Ruston Webster, who was named general manager on Jan. 18, 2012.  Webster’s first-ever pick as general manager was Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright, chosen in the 20th spot in the first round.  As a rookie, Wright led the team with 64 receptions for 626 yards and four touchdowns.  His reception total tied Justin Blackmon for the NFL rookie high, and Wright ranked second in franchise history in receptions by a rookie (72 by Bill Groman in 1960).

With his second pick—the 52nd overall selection—Webster decided upon North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown, who went on to tie for third on the squad in tackles (93).  He was the only NFL rookie in 2012 to finish among the top five rookies in both interceptions (3, tied for fourth) and sacks (5.5, tied for fifth). 

Tennessee’s 2012 class also included Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin (third round), Clemson cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (fourth round), Southern Methodist tight end Taylor Thompson (fifth round), Oklahoma State safety Markelle Martin (sixth round) and Solomon.

Six of the seven draft picks were on the club’s 53-man roster for the entire 17-week regular season.  The only one who was not was Markelle Martin, who was on the reserve/physically unable to perform list for the duration of the campaign. 

In total, the 2012 draft class accounted for 92 games played and 26 starts.  Brown, Mike Martin, Sensabaugh and Thompson played in every game, and Brown’s 13 starts represented the high total from the group.

THE 10TH PICK

In determining draft order, non-playoff clubs select first through 20th, according to the reverse order of their standing (i.e., the team with the worst record receives the first pick, the team with the second-worst record receives the second pick, etc.).  Playoff teams select 21st through 32nd based on their level of advancement in the postseason.

The Titans were one of three teams in 2012 to win six games, along with the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets.  The three clubs will rotate picks 8-10 in each round, meaning the Titans will select eighth in the second round, ninth in the third round, 10th in the fourth round, etc.

The franchise has never owned the 10th overall pick since the NFL and American Football League began the “common draft” in 1967. 

Previous 10th overall picks include running back Marcus Allen (L.A. Raiders, 1982), running back Keith Byers (Philadelphia, 1986), defensive back Rod Woodson (Pittsburgh, 1987), wide receiver Herman Moore (Detroit, 1991), running back Jerome Bettis (L.A. Rams, 1993), tackle Willie Anderson (Cincinnati, 1996), cornerback Chris McAlister (Baltimore, 1999), defensive end Terrell Suggs (Baltimore, 2003) and linebacker Jerod Mayo (New England, 2008).  More recently, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert with the 10th pick in 2011, and the Bills took South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore in 2012 in the same spot. 

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