Nashville, TN – The selection process will be the fourth for the Tennessee Titans overseen by General Manager Ruston Webster, who was named general manager on January 18th, 2012. His first three drafts yielded 21 total players, and 18 of those finished the 2014 season on the 53-man roster or injured reserve.
Webster spearheaded the selection of six players in the 2014 NFL Draft: Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan (first round), Washington running back Bishop Sankey (second round), Penn State defensive lineman DaQuan Jones (fourth round), Wyoming defensive back Marqueston Huff (fourth round), Kentucky linebacker Avery Williamson (fifth round) and Louisiana State quarterback Zach Mettenberger (sixth round).
Lewan, the 11th overall pick in the first round, played in 11 games with six starts as a rookie and was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team. Sankey led the team in rushing as a rookie (569 yards), while Williamson recorded 107 tackles, the most of any Titans rookie since 1999.
Mettenberger became the third quarterback in franchise history to start six or more games as a rookie, recording a team-high 1,412 passing yards.
In 2013, Webster chose Alabama guard Chance Warmack with the 10th overall pick and the first of eight total draft selections. In the second round, the Titans took Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Justin Hunter. Warmack became the team’s fourth rookie since 1999 to start all 32 games in his first two NFL seasons, and Hunter’s 18.5-yard receiving average during that timespan led the NFL (minimum 40 receptions). Another 2013 draft pick, fourth-round center Brian Schwenke, started 20 total games in his first two campaigns.
The 2012 selection process, which was Webster’s first as general manager, yielded seven new Titans, including Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright with the 20th overall pick. Wright totaled 215 receptions from 2012 through 2014, the most in franchise history in a player’s first three seasons. In 2013, he ranked seventh in the NFL with 94 receptions while notching his first 1,000-yard season (1,079).
The Titans’ second-round pick, North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown, was the only player that season to finish among the top five rookies in both interceptions (three) and sacks (5.5). Fourthround cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (43 games, 12 starts) played extensively in the nickel and base defensive packages in his first three seasons.