Nashville, TN – Tennessee Titans’ Ruston Webster, who was named general manager on January 18th, 2012, ran the Titans’ draft in each of the last two years. Those two drafts yielded 15 total players, and 13 of those finished the 2013 season on the 53-man roster or injured reserve.
Webster’s first-ever pick as general manager was Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright, chosen in 2012 with the 20th selection in the first round.
In two seasons, Wright has totaled 158 receptions for 1,705 yards and six touchdowns. His 158 catches are the most by anyone in the 2012 draft class and are the most in franchise history in a player’s first two campaigns.
Among Webster’s other 2012 picks, second-round linebacker Zach Brown appeared in all 32 games with 26 starts in his first two seasons. He already has 9.5 career sacks and four interceptions. Fourth-round cornerback Coty Sensabaugh emerged in 2013 as the defense’s nickel back and has six career starts. Additionally, defensive lineman Mike Martin (third round) and tight end Taylor Thompson (fifth round) have been regulars in their positional rotations early in their careers.
In 2013, Webster used the 10th overall pick on Alabama offensive lineman Chance Warmack, who as a rookie played in 100 percent of the team’s offensive snaps at right guard. Warmack became the first offensive lineman for the team to start every game as a rookie since tackle Michael Roos in 2005.
In the second round in 2013, Webster seized the opportunity to jump up from the 40th overall pick to the 34th spot to select Hunter. In his rookie year, Hunter led the team with a 19.7 yards-per-catch average, hauling in 18 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns. He was only the fourth Titans/Oilers rookie with four or more touchdown receptions since 1995.
Another major contributor from the class in 2013 was center Brian Schwenke. A fourth-round pick, he suffered a setback early in training camp when he injured a hamstring. However, he was in the lineup by midseason and totaled nine starts.
Four others—cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (third round), linebacker Zaviar Gooden (third round), defensive end Lavar Edwards (fifth round), and safety Daimion Stafford (seventh round)—played as rookies in 2013. Cornerback Khalid Wooten (sixth round) finished the season on the active roster but did not play.
In total, the 2013 draft class accounted for 84 games played and 27 starts.