Ayers, Casey add size to Titans defense

Mike Reinfeldt and the Tennessee Titans front office continue in their recent history of excellent drafting, grabbing a linebacker with a first-round grade and a big, quick defensive tackle.

UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers was not chosen as he sat in the NFL Draft waiting room Thursday night, but found out he had been picked by the Titans in the second round upon landing in Los Angeles Friday afternoon.

Ayers bring size and versatility to a linebacker corps that struggled mightily against tight ends in 2010. Ayers stands at 6’4″ and weighs 255, and signals that new defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and the Titans are stockpiling bigger defenders.

Jurell Casey was picked in the third round. A 6’1″, 305 defensive tackle, Casey will work with new defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. He will compete for playing time with undersized veteran tackle Jason Jones.

So far, each player drafted by the Titans comes from the Pac-10 conference.

Source: Titans Online

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