Nashville, TN – During the offseason, Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster oversaw the reconstruction of the roster, adding key pieces through free agency and the draft.
In late February, the Titans signed former Buffalo Bills safety George Wilson. In mid-March, Webster moved quickly once the unrestricted free agent signing period was underway, inking guard Andy Levitre (Buffalo), running back Shonn Greene (New York Jets), tight end Delanie Walker (San Francisco 49ers), linebacker Moise Fokou (Indianapolis Colts) and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (Detroit Lions) within 24 hours.
By the time Organized Team Activities began in late May, a total of 16 free agents were in the fold. The group also included notables such as center/guard Rob Turner (St. Louis Rams), safety Bernard Pollard (Baltimore Ravens), defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (Kansas City Chiefs), quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (Bills), wide receiver Kevin Walter (Houston Texans) and defensive tackle Antonio Johnson (Indianapolis Colts).
From April 25th-27th, countess hours of work and the year-long efforts of Webster’s personnel staff culminated with the selection of eight new Titans in the 2013 NFL Draft.
With the 10th overall pick, the Titans chose the University of Alabama’s Chance Warmack, an imposing 6-foot-2-inch, 323-pound guard in the physical, workmanlike mold of Mike Munchak and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews.
After the second-round selection of University of Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter, five of the final six draft picks were used on defenders, including Connecticut cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden in the third round.
Webster is in his second year as executive vice president/general manager after serving two seasons as vice president of player personnel. He enters his 26th NFL season, which also includes 18 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and four years with the Seattle Seahawks.
He hopes the 2013 draft class finds success similar to Kendall Wright and Zach Brown, the club’s top picks from 2012. In his rookie season, Wright led the team with 64 receptions, which not only tied for the NFL rookie lead but also ranked second in franchise history for a rookie.
Brown, a second-rounder, started 13 games in his first professional season and tied for third place on the team in tackles (93). Also, Brown was the only NFL rookie in 2012 to finish among the league’s top five rookies in both interceptions (3, tied for fourth) and sacks (5.5, tied for fifth).