Titans 2nd and 3rd Round Picks in the Draft Provide Versatility on Defense

PASADENA CA - NOVEMBER 06: Akeem Ayers #10 of the UCLA Bruins is tackled by James Dockery #4 of the Oregon State Beavers during the first quarter at the Rose Bowl on November 6 2010 in Pasadena California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

You might remember when Jerry Gray was hired that he talked about how he wanted to play a scheme that fit the players.  He also talked about wanting to add guys that gave him the option to play some different fronts.  It seems that the Titans got a couple of those guys with tonight's draft picks.  

There has already been talk that Akeem Ayers, who is going to be an outside linebacker in a 4-3 alignment, will put his hand on the ground and rush the passer at times.  Jurrell Casey (not Harris ha!) has the size and ability to play nose tackle, but he also has the explosiveness that you look for in a 4-3 tackle when rushing the passer.

One of the things I am the most excited about with Gray here is that we won't be seeing any of the vanilla defenses that we saw under Chuck Cecil, and I don't see Gray struggling with the in-game adjustments like Cecil did.

It is a new era of Titans' football, and for the first time since Randy Moss week I am excited about the direction in which this franchise is heading.

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