Akeem Ayers drafted by Tennesee Titans

Former UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers was taken by the Tennessee Titans with the 39th overall selection in the NFL Draft on Friday.

It's somewhat of a disappointment for Ayers, who had, for a long time, been a projected first-round choice. He was rated as high as No. 13 overall by ESPN, but started slipping after a lackluster showing at the combine in late February.

Ayers was in the green room at Radio City Music Hall for the first round on Thursday but was not visible on Friday.

The outside linebacker joins former teammate Alterraun Verner in Nashville, who had a solid rookie season for the Titans last year.