2019 Titans Draft Tracker – titansonline.com
2019 TITANS DRAFT CENTRAL
**PRO**: The Titans selected Jeffery Simmons with the 19th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive lineman provides a rare blend of size, power and quickness. He was a first-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore and junior, adding second-team All-American as a junior. Following his junior season, he declared for the NFL Draft but suffered a knee injury during training in February 2019. **CAREER HIGHLIGHTS**: • As a junior in 2018, Simmons was named first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American after totaling 63 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and two sacks. His 17 tackles for loss led the team, ranked fourth in the SEC and were the third-most in single-season school history. • During his sophomore season (2017), he set a career high with five sacks and added 12 tackles for loss. **TITANS TIDBITS**: • During college Simmons was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. • Simmons' brother, Dylan Bradley, played football at Southern Miss and then spent time with the Minnesota Vikings. His uncle, Jason Hatcher, played 10 total seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. • Away from football, Simmons enjoys fishing and spending time outdoors. **CAREER TRANSACTIONS**: • The Macon, Miss., native was selected by the Titans in the first round (19th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. **COLLEGE**: • During a three-year career as a defensive tackle at Mississippi State, Simmons appeared in 38 contests with 28 starts. He finished his career ranked sixth in school history with 32.5 in tackles for loss. He also tied for sixth in MSU annals with five forced fumbles and tied for fourth with three blocked kicks. His totals also included 163 tackles, seven sacks, seven passes defensed and two defensive touchdowns. He was one of two players in the nation to be named a Bednarik Award Semifinalist in both 2017 and 2018. **AS A JUNIOR (2018)**, appeared in 13 games with 12 starts. Led the team and ranked fourth in the SEC with 17 tackles for loss, which made up the third-highest total in school history. Tied for second in the SEC among defensive linemen with 63 total tackles and added a pair of sacks, one forced a fumble and four passes defensed. Collected two or more tackles for loss in six different games and had at least one in nine contests. • According to Pro Football Focus, he finished the campaign with the fourth-overall grade (91.6) and third-overall run-defense grade (93.2) among the nation's interior defensive linemen. • Named a Bednarik Award Semifinalist and won the 2018 Conerly Trophy by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum as the top player in Mississippi. Also named second-team All-American (AP, The Athletic) and first-team All-SEC (AP, Coaches). • Against Stephen F. Austin (9/1), opened the season with four tackles, including a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss. • At No. 5 LSU (10/20), recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including one tackle for loss. • At No. 1 Alabama (11/10), contributed six tackles and two tackles for loss. • At Ole Miss (11/22), helped the Bulldogs win the Egg Bowl with four tackles, including two for loss and a sack, and added a forced fumble and a pass defensed. Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts. • Against Iowa in the Outback Bowl (1/1/19), played his final game with Mississippi State and finished with four tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack. Over the first three plays of the game, recorded a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Recorded a season-high five total pressures, including a pair of quarterback hits. Earned a spot on ESPN's All-Bowl team for his performance. **AS A SOPHOMORE (2017**), started all 13 games and tallied 60 tackles, five sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 41 quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one pass defensed. With three total blocked kicks and punts, became the first SEC player since 2004 to lead the nation in the category. • Named first-team All-SEC (AP, Coaches, PFF) and was a Bednarik Award Semifinalist. Added 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition. Twice named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (vs. LA Tech, LSU). • At Louisiana Tech (9/9), registered two touchdowns, providing his first touchdown when he skied into the air to block a punt and recovered the ball for a score. He added a fumble recovery and 90-yard return for a score. Also blocked a field goal in the contest. • Against No. 11 LSU (9/16), recorded seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. • At No. 13 Auburn (9/30), had six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack. • In the TaxSlayer Bowl against Louisville (12/31), pressured Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson nine times and recorded one tackle for loss. **AS A FRESHMAN (2016)**, played in 12 games with three starts at defensive tackle and finished with 40 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries. Led all SEC freshman and tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles. Became the first MSU defensive lineman to earn Freshman All-SEC honors since Chris Jones in 2013. Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. • Against South Carolina (9/10), made his collegiate debut and had an immediate impact with four tackles, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble. • At Kentucky (10/22), recorded his first career start and produced a season-high six tackles. Added a key forced fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a recovery for a touchdown. • Against Miami (Ohio) in the St. Petersburg Bowl (12/26), started and registered two tackles. • Majored in human development at Mississippi State. **PERSONAL**: • Has a son, Jeffery Jr. • Attended Noxubee County (Macon, Miss.) High School, where he was named the nation's No. 10 overall player and the No. 2 defensive end by Scout.com. Named a five-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com and a four-star prospect by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com. Named the top-rated player in Mississippi by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com. • As a high school senior in 2015, helped Noxubee County win its second straight MHSAA Class 4A State Championship with a 12-4 overall record. Finished second on the team with 105 tackles. Led the Tigers with 20.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 21 quarterback hurries, three blocked field goals and two blocked punts. Also forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles, broke up five passes and recorded an interception. • His mother is Brenda Bradley. He has one brother, Dylan, and two sisters, Brooke and Ashley. • List of favorites: (movie) "The Blind Side"; (TV show) "Martin"; (song on your pregame playlist) "The Man" by Aloe Blacc; (meal) chicken alfredo; (dessert) Pecan Pie; and (sports team as a child) L.A. Lakers with Kobe Bryant. • Follow Simmons on Twitter at @grindsimmons94 and on Instagram at @jsimmons_94. • Born Jeffery Bernard Simmons Jr. on July 28, 1997, in Lasalle, La.
**PRO**: The Titans selected A.J. Brown in the second round (51st overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1-inch, 226-pounder brings a complete skill set to the receiving corps, excelling in route-running, blocking, and the ability to get open and catch the ball. Brown leaves Ole Miss as the program's all-time leading receiver with 2,984 yards, and tallied the most 100-yard receiving games in school history (12) over his three seasons. As a junior in 2018, he set Ole Miss' single-season receiving record both in yards (1,320) and catches (85). **CAREER HIGHLIGHTS**: • In 2018, Brown started all 12 games and set Ole Miss' single-season receiving records in yards (1,320) and catches (85), and led the SEC in both categories. His 1,320 receiving yards ranked seventh in the nation. Brown caught six touchdowns, averaging 110.0 yards per game, and he topped the 100-yard receiving mark in six contests. • In 2018, he was named All-America Second Team (FWAA, Phil Steele), All-America Third Team (Associated Press), All-SEC First Team (Associated Press, coaches), and a finalist for the C Spire Conerly Trophy. • In 2017, Brown caught 75 passes for 1,252 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns. He became Ole Miss' single-season leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. His 1,252 yards led the SEC and ranked 10th in the nation. Brown also became just the third receiver in Ole Miss history to record a 1,000-yard season. • In 2017, he was named All-America Second Team (Phil Steele), All-America Third Team (Associated Press), All-SEC First Team (coaches, Associated Press, Phil Steele), and All-SEC Second Team (Athlon). • In 2016, Brown played in every game as a true freshman and finished fifth on the team with 29 catches and 412 yards, and added a pair of touchdowns. He ranked fourth among SEC freshman with 2.4 catches per game and fifth with 34.4 receiving yards per game. **TITANS TIDBITS**: • Brown was selected in the 19th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres as a centerfielder and he participated in the team's extended spring training program each summer from 2016-18. • He has a dog, Bentley Juan Brown, and runs an Instagram account for him @bentleyjuan1. • During a pre-draft visit to San Francisco, Brown was able to link up and work out with Hall of Fame NFL receiver and fellow Mississippian Jerry Rice. Rice took Brown on the horse trail at Edgewood Park in Redwood City, known as one of Rice's training sites, where the pair ran hills as part of their work out. Brown's hometown Starkville, Miss., and Rice's hometown Crawford, Miss., are a 30-minute drive apart. • In every sport Brown played growing up, he wore jersey No. 1. • Brown names the 2017 Egg Bowl as his most memorable college football moment. "Playing against Mississippi State in my hometown," he says, 'Everything was great. We won, and I had six catches for 167 yards and one touchdown." After reaching the endzone, Brown yelled to the crowd, 'This is my city.' • Brown briefly stopped playing football during junior high and his freshman year of high school. He returned to the field his sophomore year after his high school coach suggested he play again. **CAREER TRANSACTIONS**: • The Starkville, Miss., native was selected by the Titans in the second round (51st overall) the 2019 NFL Draft. **COLLEGE:** • In three seasons at Ole Miss (2016-18), Brown appeared in 36 games and made 25 starts. Brown set the standard in the Ole Miss record book, becoming the program's all-time leading receiver with 2,984 yards. He ranked third in school history with 189 receptions and fifth all-time with 19 touchdowns. Brown averaged 15.8 yards per catch and 82.9 yards per game, and he tallied the most 100-yard receiving games in Ole Miss history with 12. He became the third player in school history to top 1,000 yards in a single season, and the only receiver in Ole Miss history to tally 60 or more receptions in back-to-back seasons. **AS A JUNIOR (2018)**, played and started all 12 games and set career highs and Ole Miss single-season receiving records with 85 receptions and 1,320 yards. His 1,320 receiving yards led the SEC, were seventh in the nation, and broke the Ole Miss record for single-season receiving yards that he had set in 2017. He added six touchdowns on the year. Brown had six games of 100-plus yards and caught seven or more passes in seven contests. Earned All-America honors from FWAA (second team), Phil Steele (second team), Associated Press (third team), and All-SEC first team honors (Associated Press, coaches). Named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and was a finalist for the C Spire Conerly Trophy. • Against Southern Illinois (9/8), caught eight passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Named to Pro Football Focus' SEC Team of the Week for his performance. • Against Louisiana-Monroe (10/6), caught nine receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown. Helped set Ole Miss' single-game school record in receiving yards (517). • Against Auburn (10/20), made 10 catches for 155 yards and a score. His 155 yards were the most ever by an Ole Miss receiver against Auburn. • At Texas A&M (11/10), tallied six catches for 127 yards and in the process became Ole Miss' career leader in receiving yards. • At Vanderbilt (11/17), tied season-high with nine receptions for a season-high 212 yards and one touchdown. Brown's touchdown came on a career-high 84-yard reception. It marked the fourth time an Ole Miss receiver surpassed the 200-yard mark, and the second time Brown recorded such a performance (9/2/17 against South Alabama). **AS A SOPHOMORE (2017)**, played and started all 12 games and caught 75 passes for 1,254 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns. His 11 scores tied Ole Miss' single-season school record, led the SEC and ranked 11th in the nation. Posted six 100-yard games and became the third receiver in Ole Miss history to record a 1,000-yard season. Brown's 1,254 receiving yards led the SEC, ranked 10th in the nation, and broke the school record for a single season. Scored two touchdowns in four different contests. Earned All-America honors from Phil Steele (second team), Associated Press (third team), All-SEC first team honors (coaches, Associated Press, Phil Steele) and second team honors (Athlon). He was the 2017 recipient of the C Spire Conerly Trophy, and was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award. • Against South Alabama (9/1), caught eight passes for a career-high and Ole Miss record 233 yards and two touchdowns. Became the first receiver in school history with two 70-yard receiving touchdowns in the same game (71, 77 yards). His 233 yards were the 13th-most in a game in SEC history. Named to Pro Football Focus' National Team of the Week for his performance. • Against Vanderbilt (10/14), made eight catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns. • Against Louisiana (11/11), tied the Ole Miss record for most receptions in a game with 14. Finished the game with 185 yards and two touchdowns. • At Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl (11/23/17), caught six passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. **AS A FRESHMAN (2016)**, played in all 12 games with one start as a true freshman. He finished fifth on the team with 29 catches and 412 yards, and added a pair of touchdowns. He ranked fourth among SEC freshman with 2.4 catches per game and fifth with 34.4 receiving yards per game. • Against Florida State (9/5), started the first game of his career and posted two receptions for 28 yards. • Against Wofford (9/10), caught two passes for 15 yards and his first career touchdown. • Against Alabama (9/17), made two receptions for 28 yards and a score. • Majored in broadcast journalism and minored in criminal justice and education at Ole Miss. **PERSONAL**: • Attended Starkville (Miss.) High School and was an Under Armour All-America selection and a consensus 4-star prospect by the major recruiting services. • Ranked the No. 45 overall recruit by Scout, No. 47 by 24/7 Sports, No. 53 by Rivals, and No. 66 by ESPN. • As a senior, caught 83 passes for 1,371 yards and 13 touchdowns en route to leading Starkville to a 6A state championship. • Named first team All-State by USA Today, The Clarion-Ledger, and the Mississippi Association of Coaches. • Became the second player ever to be selected to both the Under Armour football and baseball All-American games. • Also played baseball and basketball in high school. Brown batted over .360 for the Yellowjackets. • List of favorites: (movie) "Bad Boys"; (TV show) "Martin"; (musician) "Kevin Gates"; (dessert) chocolate cake. • Has two older sisters. • Son of Arthur Brown, Josette Robertson and Mellisa Smith. • Follow Brown on Twitter at @Brown1arthur. • Follow Brown on Instagram at @1k_alwaysopen. • Born Arthur Juan Brown on June 30, 1997 in Starkville, Miss.
**PRO**: The Titans selected Nate Davis in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3-inch, 316-pounder brings quick feet and physicality to the trenches of the offensive line. The Ashburn, Va., native appeared in 41 contests with 37 starts at both guard and tackle over four seasons for the Charlotte 49ers. **TITANS TIDBITS**: • Growing up, Davis was 'always a pretty big kid.' He played on the offensive or defensive line during Pop Warner, and estimates that in the fourth grade he weighed around 200 pounds. • Davis was invited to the 2019 Senior Bowl, which he credits for helping him during the draft process. He went head-to-head with defensive linemen from larger conferences, and as an athlete from a smaller conference, he credits his performance at the Senior Bowl for helping put his name into the conversation ahead of the draft. • Davis' father purchased him a fishing rod as a child and would take him to the pond near their home in Ashton, Va., to fish and relax. • Davis is a car enthusiast who has a knack for identifying the year, make and model of a car. He lists his dream car as a Rolls-Royce. **CAREER TRANSACTIONS**: • The Ashburn, Va., native was selected by the Titans in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. **COLLEGE**: • In four seasons at Charlotte (2015-18), Davis appeared in 41 career games with 37 starts. A four-year starter on the offensive line, Davis started at guard from 2015-17 before switching to right tackle for his senior season in 2018. **AS A SENIOR (2018)**, appeared in eight games with seven starts at tackle. Blocked for the league's fifth-best rushing attack which averaged 159.9 yards per game. Helped create lanes for running back Benny LeMay to record a 1,000-yard season. Earned First Team All-C-USA recognition by Phil Steele and Second Team All-C-USA recognition by the league's coaches. Named Charlotte's Best Offensive Player for 2018 by SB Nation. **AS A JUNIOR (2017)**, started all 12 games at right guard. Helped the 49ers rushing offense rank eighth in C-USA, averaging 166.2 yards per game. Was part of an offensive line that ranked fifth in sacks allowed with 22. Earned Honorable Mention All-C-USA honors. **AS A SOPHOMORE (2016)**, saw action in nine games with eight starts at right guard and helped the 49ers run game rank sixth in C-USA averaging 176.2 yards per game. Earned Honorable Mention All-C-USA honors. **AS A FRESHMAN (2015)**, appeared in all 12 games with 10 starts at right guard. • Redshirted in 2014. • Majored in Africana studies and minored in American studies at Charlotte. **PERSONAL**: • Attended Stone Bridge (Va.) High School and was a first-team all-state and 5A North All-Region First Team lineman. Davis was a four-year letterman in high school. • Helped lead the Bulldogs to a Liberty District Championship as a senior in 2014. • In 2013, he was named team MVP, captain, and first-team All-Liberty conference en route to helping the Bulldogs win the Virginia AAA Div. 5 Championship. • Has one older sister, Kimberley. • Son of Ken and Natalie Davis. • Follow Davis on Twitter at @Nate_Davis73. • Follow Davis on Instagram at @Nate.Davis64. • List of favorites: (TV show) "Black-ish"; (movie) "The Dark Knight"; (musician) Drake; (food) chicken wings; and (dessert) ice cream. • Born Nathaniel Matthew Eugene Davis on Sept. 23, 1996 in York, Maine.
**PRO**: The Titans traded up to select Amani Hooker with the 116th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-11 inch, 210-pound defender was coveted for his versatility, having played safety, and a hybrid linebacker/cornerback position at Iowa. Hooker played in 36 games during his three seasons with the Hawkeyes and provided a steady presence in both the run game and pass coverage. He tallied 125 career tackles and six interceptions before declaring for the NFL Draft following his junior campaign. **CAREER HIGHLIGHTS**: • As a junior in 2018, Hooker received the Tatum-Woodson award given to the best defensive back in the Big Ten. **TITANS TIDBITS**: • Hooker was named a finalist for Minnesota's Mr. Football in 2015. Yet he had just two FBS scholarship offers. When the in-state university showed hesitancy after multiple workouts, Hooker knew he belonged at Iowa saying, "love who loves me." • In February 2019, Hooker helped crowdfund about $1,200 for the Park Center high school football program through a Pledge-It campaign raising a dollar amount for every inch of his vertical jump at the NFL Scouting Combine. His 37-inch jump ranked fifth among safeties and equaled money for better equipment at his alma mater. • Amani's brother, Quinton, played basketball for North Dakota and helped take the team to the NCAA tournament his senior year. Quinton was Minnesota's Mr. Basketball in high school and currently plays basketball professionally in France. **CAREER TRANSACTIONS**: • The Minneapolis, Minn., native was selected by the Titans in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. **COLLEGE**: • During a three-year career at Iowa, played in 36 games with 19 starts and totaled 125 tackles, six interceptions, a sack, 3.5 tackles for loss and nine passes defensed. **AS A JUNIOR (2018)**, named Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year in the Big Ten. Selected second-team All-America by The Associated Press and USA Today and All-Big Ten by league coaches and media. Selected as Roy Carver Most Valuable Player for the Iowa defense. Started all 13 games and shared the team lead with four interceptions and seven pass break-ups, while ranking second with 65 tackles. • Against Northern Illinois (9/1), started at strong safety and recorded five tackles, along with an interception in the red zone. Also had one tackle for loss, resulting in a safety. • Against Wisconsin (9/22), started at strong safety and led team with 11 tackles, along with one pass break-up. • Against Maryland (10/20), collected a solo tackle and an interception. • At Purdue (11/3), tallied five tackles, a shared tackle for loss and an interception and 11-yard return that led to Iowa touchdown. • At Illinois (11/17), recorded three solo tackles, including one tackle for loss. Added an interception and 39-yard return to go with one pass breakup and a nine-yard punt return. **AS A SOPHOMORE (2017)**, saw action in 10 games with six starts and recorded 56 tackles, two interceptions with a touchdown return, and two passes defensed. Named to Associated Press All-Bowl team following his performance in Pinstripe Bowl win over Boston College • Against Penn State (9/23), started at free safety in his first career collegiate start and posted a career-best 13 tackles, including 11 solo stops and two assists, to go along with one pass break-up. • Against Illinois (10/7), recorded six solo tackles, while collecting his first career interception in the Iowa end zone to stop an Illinois scoring threat. Also had one rush for 18 yards while converting a fake punt, which led to an Iowa touchdown. • Against Ohio State (11/4), started at strong safety in 55-24 win over #3 Ohio State. Returned an interception 30 yards for first career touchdown on the opening play of the game. Also contributed one solo tackle and three assists. • Against Boston College (12/27), led team with 12 tackles, including two touchdown-saving tackles that held Boston College to field goals. **AS A FRESHMAN (2016)**, saw action in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, recording three solo tackles and one assist. • Majored in sports and recreation management with a minor in entrepreneurship at Iowa. **PERSONAL**: • Attended Parker Center (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), High School where he played primarily safety and wide receiver, but also lined up as cornerback, running back, quarterback and linebacker. • As a senior, was selected Conference MVP, named first-team All-State and was a finalist for "Mr. Football." • In his final high school campaign, the team captain set the school record for interceptions in a season (11) and helped team post a 9-3 record, while reaching state playoffs. • Named second-team All-State as a junior and third-team All-State as a sophomore and was selected first-team All-Conference for three straight seasons. • Also played basketball. • List of favorites: (TV show) "Naruto"; (movies) "Transformers" series; (musician) Drake; (meal) My mom's chicken and rice; (dessert) My mom's brownies or her scotcheroos; (childhood sports team) Miami Heat because of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James; and (hidden talent) Fortnite. • Follow Hooker on Twitter at @amaniball. • Follow Hooker on Instagram at @amanihooker27. • Born Amani Corvelle Hooker on June 14, 1998 in Minneapolis, Minn.
**PRO**: The Titans selected D'Andre Walker in the fifth round during the 2019 NFL Draft, adding a skilled and relentless pass rusher to the outside linebacker corps. During his four seasons at Georgia, he accumulated 13.5 sacks, including a career-high 7.5 sacks as a senior. **CAREER HIGHLIGHTS**: • Walker started all 13 games as a senior in 2018, finishing with career highs in tackles (45), sacks (7.5), passes defensed (three), forced fumbles (four) and fumble recoveries (one). **TITANS TIDBITS**: • Prior to the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, former Tennessee State University linebacker Christion Abercrombie was chosen to announce the Titans' fifth-round choice. Abercrombie became an inspirational figure in Nashville and around the football world by overcoming a life-threatening injury during the 2018 season and battling through two subsequent brain surgeries. By chance, he announced the Titans' selection of Walker, a friend since age 10 when the two played youth football at Welcome All Park in College Park, Ga. • Walker says his most memorable college football game was the national semifinal matchup between Georgia and Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018. In the double-overtime win for the Bulldogs, Walker made a crucial third-down tackle to force a punt, leading to Georgia's game-tying touchdown drive on the ensuing possession. • Walker claims the most inspirational person in his life is his mother, Au'Drea, who worked as a massage therapist to provide for him and his two sisters. **CAREER TRANSACTIONS**: • The College Park, Ga., native was selected by the Titans in the fifth round (168th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. **COLLEGE**: • During a four-year career at Georgia, Walker appeared in 54 games (13 starts) and totaled 113 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 27.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed, five forced fumbles, one fumble recoveries and two blocked punts. **AS A SENIOR (2018)**, started all 13 games in which he played and established career highs with 45 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14 quarterback pressures, three passes defensed, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Added 11 tackles for loss. Led the team in tackles for loss, sacks and quarterback pressures. Named a co-winner of the team's Defensive Up Front award. • At Missouri (9/22), had two sacks, four quarterback pressures and four tackles. • Against Tennessee (9/29), registered a six-yard sack and forced fumble. • Against Georgia Tech (11/24), recorded a career-best seven tackles, including a second-quarter sack. • Against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game (12/1), posted five tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. **AS A JUNIOR (2017)**, played in 15 games and recorded 40 total tackles. Ranked second on the team with 5.5 sacks and a career-high 13.5 tackles for loss. Added 12 quarterback pressures. He was one of four defensive players to win the team's Most Improved Award. • At Notre Dame (9/9), collected three solo tackles and two tackles for loss. • At Tennessee (9/30), blocked a punt and added one quarterback hurry. • Against Kentucky (11/18), forced a fumble on a sack. • At Georgia Tech (11/25), recorded a then-career-high six tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss. • Against Auburn in the SEC Championship Game (12/2), notched four tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss. • Against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl (1/1/18), made five tackles, including two tackles for loss and an eight-yard sack. **AS A SOPHOMORE (2016)**, appeared in all 13 games and registered 19 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and seven quarterback pressures (third on team). • At Mississippi (9/24), posted four stops, including a season-high 1.5 tackles for loss. • At South Carolina (10/9), recorded a then-career-best five tackles, including one tackle for loss. **AS A FRESHMAN (2015)**, played in all 13 games and registered nine total tackles and two quarterback pressures. • Against Louisiana-Monroe (9/5), registered a tackle and blocked a punt for a safety in his college debut. • Recorded a season-high four tackles at Vanderbilt (9/12) and against Alabama (10/3). • Majored in sociology at Georgia. **PERSONAL**: • Attended Langston Hughes (Fairburn, Ga.) High School, where he earned Parade Magazine All-America honorable mention as a senior in 2014. He added 2014 U.S. Army All-American, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAAAA All-State Team and Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class AAAAAA First Team Defense honors. • Finished his senior season with 102 tackles, including 29 tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks. Helped lead his team to a 9-2 record and the Class AAAAAA playoffs. • Named a four-star prospect by PrepStar Magazine (236th overall prospect), Rivals.com (85th overall prospect), Scout.com (79th nationally and seventh among outside linebackers) and 247sports.com (165th nationally). • List of favorites: (movies) "ATL," "Takers" and "The Equalizer"; (TV shows) "Martin" and "T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle"; (musician) T.I.; (meal) salmon; and (dessert) ice cream with cake, brownies or cookies. • Follow Walker on Twitter and Instagram at @DAndreWalker15. • Born D'Andre Walker on Jan. 23, 1997 in College Park, Ga.
**PRO:** The Titans selected David Long Jr. in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-11-inch, 227-pound defender possesses tremendous speed for the position, displays grit and toughness and has a knack for finding the ball carrier. At West Virginia, he was a three-year starter and amassed 252 career tackles, 14 sacks and 40 tackles for loss. The 2018 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year led the Mountaineers in tackles during his final collegiate campaign. **CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:** • As a junior in 2018, Long Jr. was selected Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches and the Associated Press. He also received second-team All-America honors by the Associated Press and first-team All-Big 12 accolades by the Associated Press. **TITANS TIDBITS:** • David's father, David Sr., is a former professional boxer who went 12-5-2 as a heavyweight. He once fought future world champ Deontay Wilder. • During the offseason, Long still uses on-the-bell, three-minute-round boxing training to focus on his mental awareness. In 2018, Long Jr. went into the ring with headgear against his old man for the first time. They went for three 90-second rounds. "He busted up my lip, but it was fun," Long Jr. says. "He was really iffy that I knew how to throw my hands for real. It was just jabs, but it's grown-man strength." • Long was a high school teammate of safety Mike Edwards, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. • When Long was seven years old, he was on the back of a bike being pedaled by his older brother when he was hit by a car driven by someone who was not paying attention. He was treated at the hospital with head and arm injuries. **CAREER TRANSACTIONS:** • The Cincinnati, Ohio, native was selected by the Titans in the sixth round (188th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. **COLLEGE:** • During a three-year career at West Virginia, played in 34 games with 31 starts and totaled 252 tackles, 14 sacks and 40 career tackles for loss which tied for third place on West Virginia's all-time list. In his final campaign in 2018, tied for the single-season program record with 19 tackles for loss. **AS A JUNIOR (2018)**, started all 12 games at Will linebacker and named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches and the Associated Press. Garnered second-team All-America honors by the Associated Press and first-team All-Big 12 first-team accolades by the Associated Press. Led the team with 111 tackles, eight sacks and 19 tackles for loss. Finished with 10 or more tackles in six games. • Against Kansas State (9/22), tallied eight solo stops, including two sacks. • Against Texas Tech (9/29), registered season-highs with 15 total tackles. • Against Baylor (10/25), posted seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. • At Texas (11/3), registered 10 or more tackles for the fifth time in 2018, including a stop for loss and a sack. • Against Texas Christian (11/10), collected six tackles, including four tackles for loss and three sacks. • Against Syracuse (12/28), finished with 11 tackles, including eight solo stops and assisted on a tackle for loss in the Camping World Bowl. **AS A SOPHOMORE (2017)**, started nine games at Will linebacker after missing the first four games after sustaining preseason knee injury. Was the team's third-leading tackler with 76 stops, including four sacks, a team-best 16.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed and a fumble recovery. Selected All-Big 12 Conference first team by ESPN, All-Big 12 Conference second team by Athlon Sports and All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention by the Coaches. Also named WVU Defensive Player of the Year. • Against Oklahoma State (10/28), tallied a school-record seven tackles for loss, the second-most in the NCAA. Tallied a career-high 18 tackles, the second-most in a single game in the Big 12. • At Kansas State (11/11), recorded 12 total tackles, including two tackles for loss and his first career sack. • Against Utah (12/26), notched a career-high three sacks and finished with six total tackles. **AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2016)**, played in 13 games with 10 starts and notched 65 tackles, two sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. • Against Kansas State (10/1), made his first career start and had a tackle for a loss of six yards to go along with three solo tackles. • At Texas (11/12), posed a then career-best 10 tackles with his second career sack for a loss of four yards. • Against Miami (12/28), finished with a then career-high 11 tackles, including a tackle for loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl. **AS A FRESHMAN (2105)**, redshirted. • Graduated in December 2018 with a multidisciplinary studies degree from West Virginia. **PERSONAL:** • Attended Winton Woods (Cincinnati, Ohio) High School and finished his career with 283 career tackles, six sacks and six interceptions. • Selected Associated Press All-Ohio Division II honorable mention and Associated Press Southwest All-District First Team Division II linebacker. • As a senior, tallied 110 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and three sacks. • As a junior, totaled 88 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery • As a sophomore, registered 81 tackles, a sack, two fumble recoveries and an interception. • List of favorites: (TV show) "All American"; (movies) "Remember the Titans"; (musician) Lil Wayne; (meal) pasta; (dessert) lemon cake; (childhood sports team) LeBron James' teams - Cavaliers and Heat; and (hidden talent) Beatboxing. • Follow Long on Twitter at @David__Long. • Follow Long on Instagram at @davidlongjr__. • Born David Lamont Long Jr. on Oct. 12, 1996 in Cincinnati, Ohio.