Titans take local WR, defense in draft

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Nashville, TN-The Tennessee Titans added another playmaking wide receiver to their offense, trading up six spots in the second round to draft University of Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter.

Tennessee traded its second-round pick (#40 overall) and seventh-round pick (#216 overall) this year and a third-round pick in 2014 to the 49ers to move up six spots to #34 overall. Hunter, one of most athletically-gifted players in this year’s draft class, was projected by many to be a first-round pick.

He hauled in a career-high 73 passes last season, the second-highest total by a Volunteer in a campaign. Hunter also became only the seventh player in school history to generate 1,000 receiving yards in a season (1,083), producing the third-best campaign ever by a Volunteer. His nine touchdown grabs are tied with such standouts like Joey Kent (1995), Jermaine Copeland (1997) and Denarius Moore (2010) for seventh on Tennessee’s annual record chart.

After taking offensive players with their first two picks, the Titans turned their focus to defense in the third round, selecting University of Connecticut defensive back Blidi Wreh-Wilson with the 70th overall selection in the NFL Draft.

Many professional scouts regarded the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Wreh-Wilson (pronounced ‘bleed-ee ray-wilson’) as the most intriguing prospect among the defensive backs eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Blessed with tremendous athletic ability, Connecticut’s team captain proved his value to the program, starting seven games in 2011 and leading a Huskies secondary that led the Big East Conference and ranked 10th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (96.44 rating), in addition to pacing the league in total defense (14th in the country with an average of 272.0 yards per game), pass defense (23rd in the FBS with 180.75 ypg) and scoring defense (12th in the nation with an average of 13.5 ppg).

In 2012, the all-Big East Conference first team honoree started 11 games at cornerback, recording 47 tackles (31 solo), nine passes defense and an interception. The longest pass completion against the senior was an 18-yarder vs. Pittsburgh.

The Titans also took Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden with a compensatory pick at the end of the third round.