<
>

After four picks, Titans should be a more dynamic, explosive offense

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nobody's bummed about getting drafted, no matter the destination.

But the enthusiasm of the Tennessee Titans' two second-day, third-round picks practically dripped through the speakerphone when they talked to Nashville media.

Western Kentucky receiver Taywan Taylor and Florida International tight end Jonnu Smith are coming to Tennessee, where they will be expected to be contributors and help boost an offense engineered by quarterback Marcus Mariota.

"It doesn't feel real right now," Taylor said.

"I wanted to be there, I'm just so excited to be with my new team," Smith said.

The quick and productive Taylor will start out working in the slot. Only two teams played less three-wide than Tennessee in 2016, when an unmotivated Kendall Wright and Harry Douglas got the bulk of the work.

"We got a little more quickness inside, which we needed," coach Mike Mularkey said.

Said Taylor: "The strength of my game is being a deep threat, attacking the field with my vertical [ability], using my speed and being a playmaker after the catch," Taylor said. "I definitely take pride in that."

Smith is a fluid route runner with good speed, who general manager Jon Robinson said was typecast as too much of a move-tight end in the style of his new teammate, Delanie Walker.

"He kind of gets slated as an F type or a move tight end because he runs mid-4.5," Robinson said. "But the film that we’ve watched, he's a pretty good blocker at the point of attack. He gets into guys with pretty good technique, works to finish. He's another guy that just kind of fit us."

Three of the Titans' four picks through three rounds play offense: Receiver Corey Davis, Taylor and Smith. And cornerback Adoree' Jackson caught 39 passes, six for touchdowns, in his three seasons at USC.

The Titans are a faster, more explosive offense with their newest guys.

"Speed and the same thing Jon and I have been harping on: Get open, catch the ball, block, be a little quicker," Mularkey said.