With the 2019 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, the Tennessee Titans’ draft board is starting to take shape.
One of the players the Titans appear to be have a lot of interest in is former BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki.
The Titans worked out Takitaki (6-foot-1/238 lbs) earlier this month and he’s returning to Nashville to visit with the franchise this week.
BYU LB Sione Takitaki is wrapping up a visit with the #Dolphins and then headed to visit the #Titans, who worked him out last week, source said. Takitaki has had 7 private workouts and several other visits … lot of action for team captain who led Cougars in tackles as a senior.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 11, 2019
Takitaki, who was named a team captain during his senior season and led his team in tackles with 118, was described recently by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport as a potential mid-round draft sleeper.
The California native played at defensive end and linebacker during his time at BYU, so he has plenty of pass rushing experience at the collegiate level.
Takitaki’s had some character concerns in the past (at one point he left BYU), but he appears to be back on track (I can’t imagine he would’ve been named a team captain if he still had off-the-field issues).
The Titans definitely need to find another pass rusher in this year’s draft and Takitaki could be the perfect option. Tennessee seems to be trending toward taking a defensive lineman or a tight end in the first round (though no one truly knows what Jon Robinson is thinking). Selecting Takitaki, who the Titans clearly are intrigued by, would be a nice way for Tennessee to add an edge rusher without having to use an early round pick.
There’s no doubt Robinson is keeping the Titans’ options open and leaving no stone unturned, but I think his interest in Takitaki is real and serious. I wouldn’t be surprised if the former BYU team captain ends up in Nashville in 2019.
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