The Titans 2012 draft's 5th round pick (#145), SMU's DE Taylor Thompson (6'5 7/8", 259, 4.57-40, 1.60-10) was drafted to become a TE, a position he hadn't played since high school. That was based totally upon his losing 26 pounds from his listed college weight of 285, and his performing only as a TE at the Combine.
Thompson hasn't yet shown the production at TE that the Titans expected, with only 6 catches, for 46 yards, 7.7 YPR, and 0 TD's, in 2012, with only 3 catches, on 7 targets, for 13 yards, 4.3 YPC, with 1 TD, in 2013. The Titans have mostly only used Thompson as a blocking TE, and now list him at 268 pounds.
Thompson played well for the SMU Mustangs as a senior, recording 44 tackles, 20 of them solo, 10.5 TFL's, 8 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles, while playing at 285 pounds. So, the question now is, with Titans lack of speed and pass rush production at DE, along with Thompson's lack of production at TE, is it time to end the TE experiment with Thompson, and move him back to his college position of DE?
Thompson could still be a back up blocking 3rd TE, if he becomes a DE (probably a back up next season). This draft seems to have an abundance of talent at 3-4 DE, but it seems pretty thin for speedy pass rushing 4-3 DE's, which is what the Titans need.