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2011 NFL Draft: Akeem Ayers Visits the Tennessee Titans

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Akeem Ayers of UCLA works out during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Akeem Ayers of UCLA works out during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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UCLA LB Akeem Ayeres was in Nashville today visiting the Tennessee Titans according to the National Football Post.  Ayers is a guy that was really high on draft boards back in January and February.  I even saw some mock drafts early on that had the Titans taking him with the 8th pick.  Now no one has him going before the very end of the 1st round.

I don't really see a way that he ends up with the Titans unless they trade back in the first round and pick up an extra second round pick.  I doubt he is there at 39, but you never really know.

From the Mocking the Draft scouting report:

Most simply look at Ayers' size – 6-foot-4, 256 pounds – and automatically assume he's a perfect fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker. However, he hasn't quite developed as the pass rusher many expected.

That is partly to do with the UCLA defensive scheme. It often required Ayers to drop back in coverage instead of always working upfield. In the long run, that should make him a better all-around player. He's a true three-down linebacker, with size too. But a team looking for pass rush help may have to wait a year or two as Ayers comes along.