The Tennessee Titans finally opted for defense, taking cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson of Connecticut in the third round.
Wreh-Wilson, a team captain for the Huskies, intercepted eight passes during his four seasons at Connecticut. But more than that, the Titans like his size and speed combination, as he stands nearly 6-1 and ran a 4.43 time in the 40-yard dash.
Wreh-Wilson is a late-comer to football, as he played soccer until his senior year of high school. He said he hit growth spurt that allowed him to play football, after standing 5-4 and weighing about 100 pounds before he began to grow.
“As a football player overall, I feel I'm a smart player, dependable. I'm one of those players you want to have on your team because I lift everyone else up,” Wreh-Wilson said. “Athletically, I am a willing tackler. I can come up and get physical and press and I can play off. I'm the whole package. I've played a lot of different coverages in my career. I feel I'm a good fit for the Tennessee Titans.”
Titans assistant defensive backs coach Steve Brown said Wreh-Wilson's size, speed and intelligence will also work in his favor and give him a chance to compete right away for playing time.
“I think he's a very, very athletic type of player. He has a lot of room (to learn). He can play press, He can play off. Plus, he's a very bright young man,” Brown said.
The addition of Wreh-Wilson, who will likely play on the outside, adds more to the mix for the Titans at cornerback. Starters currently are Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner, but the Titans might like Verner better inside as a nickelback.
Wreh-Wilson could at least compete for a spot outside in the nickel package. At the least he bolsters the The Titans numbers at the position. Currently, Tennessee also has Tommie Campbell, who has yet to earn much time beyond special teams, and Coty Sensabaugh, who played in the nickel at the end of the year, as backups to the starters.
“They said they wanted me to come in and they wanted me to play a lot. I feel I'm a corner that after a couple of years playing the sport, I can come in and play for the Titans and make a difference,” Wreh-Wilson said. “I'm just gonna be a sponge, taking in as much knowledge as I can. I'm a big corner, but I move very well for my size.”