HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars is tackled by defensive end Taylor Thompson #8 of the Southern Methodist University Mustangs on November 19, 2011 at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
The Tennessee Titans just made a trade with the Miami Dolphins to move up 10 spots and select Taylor Thompson, TE, SMU. They gave up their 7th round pick to do so. As I write this post, I am very confused by Thompson. All of the Titans' writers on Twitter called him a tight end, but he played defensive end in college, and Mike Detillier's draft guide has him ranked as the 19th overall defensive end. Apparently the Titans drafted him as a tight end.
Here is his bio from NFLDraftScout.com:
2010: Started in all 14 games at defensive end... Named First Team Conference USA... Posted 32 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 4.5 sacks and three QB hurries on the season. 2009: Named honorable mention All-C-USA by the league's coaches… Started all 13 games… Had 40 tackles and a team-high 5.5 sacks on the year… Had perhaps his biggest play of the season when he sacked UTEP quarterback Trevor Vittatoe to end the final Miner scoring threat and clinch an SMU win and bowl berth… Blocked a PAT in the UAB win, a block which forced UAB to go for a two-point conversion at the end of the game - a conversion SMU stopped - as the Mustangs snapped a 17-game Conference USA losing streak and a 15-game road losing streak. 2008: Played in nine games, starting the last three… Had 23 tackles on the year… Notched a season-best eight stops at UTEP.
He has not stats from last season because he switched to tight end and didn't have a catch. This pick reminds me of when the Titans took Paul Williams. That is not a good thing.