NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A few quick thoughts on the Tennessee Titans' third-round draft pick.
The pick: Offensive tackle Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah
My take: Poutasi is a big, strong right tackle who looks like he can help bring the Titans an enhanced physical presence on the offensive line. He should be able to start from the beginning in a spot where the Titans have only Byron Bell, Byron Stingily and Jamon Meredith. The NFL’s advisory board suggested he stay in school, but he decided to bypass his senior season to enter the draft and said he believed it was justified by the selection at the top of the third round.
Combo platter: The Titans like Poutasi’s combination of size (6-foot-5, 335 pounds), strength (he said he did 26 reps at the combine) and movement skills. Ken Whisenhunt said he likes the way Poutasi can redirect laterally and that when he plays with good technique, he can be a very effective player. The Titans see a guy who can play at guard as well. Some analysts rate him as strictly a guard.
Good teammate: Poutasi gushed about Marcus Mariota, the quarterback who will lead the huddle he’s expected to join. “Man, I am excited to block for that guy,” he said of the Heisman Trophy winner. “It's an honor to be on his team. My job is to not let him get hurt or even touched.”