It’s been well established that the Tennessee Titans are casting a wide net ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.
That essentially means no positions are off the table, though it’s still relatively obvious that the Titans would benefit from adding an edge rusher/linebacker.
On Tuesday, Tennessee is expected to workout BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki, who missed the entire 2016 season to “get his his head right” after a serious of missteps that included a dorm fight and theft while working as a campus janitor.
Interesting draft sleeper: #BYU LB Sione Takitaki. Thanks in part to missing 2016 for an Honor Code violation, he wasn’t even rated by most scouting services. Now, could be a mid-rounder. The #Titans are working him out today, then he visits the #Chiefs Wednesday & Thursday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 2, 2019
The troubled linebacker was married in 2016 and has since been on a path to redemption. In 2017, the 6-foot-1/238 lb linebacker compiled 79 tackles and five sacks in 13 games.
Last season, Takitaki led the team with 118 tackles while serving as a team captain.
The Titans, who signed pass rushing specialist Cameron Wake to a three year contract earlier this off-season, could certainly use another edge rusher to pair with Harold Landry, last year’s second round pick. At 37, Wake isn’t exactly a longterm answer. But it might not be possible for the Titans to select an edge rusher early in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Thats’ why a player like Takitaki, who has early round potential, could be a steal for Tennessee in the middle rounds of the draft.
It appears that Takitaki’s past transgressions are fully in the rear view mirror. A lot of other teams will see the same potential in Takitaki, but perhaps Titans general manager Jon Robinson can out-maneuver other front offices and land the former BYU standout in a crafty manner.
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