Tennessee Titans Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings
The Tennessee Titans had a great 2013 draft class—bringing in Chance Warmack and Justin Hunter—but didn't stop their efforts to improve their football team when the draft was over.
As with every other team in the NFL, the Titans immediately went to work signing priority undrafted free agents who will look to make this roster and help the Titans get back to the top of the AFC South.
UDFAs are low-risk, high-reward signings. At worse, it's a camp body that a team paid little money for. At best, teams are hoping to find the next Wes Welker or Arian Foster. Could one of those hidden gems be lurking in the Titans' free-agency class?
Jack Doyle (TE Western Kentucky)
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I had a sixth-round grade on Doyle as a pass-catching tight end and was surprised to see him go undrafted. The Titans have gotten an intriguing piece to their offensive puzzle, signing him as a free agent (Via Louisville's The Courier-Journal).
At 6'5" 255, Doyle will provide a big target over the middle for Jake Locker, and his sure hands will be a asset in the red zone and on third down.
I believe Doyle makes the Titans roster, and he has enough upside to contribute in his rookie season.
Tom Wort (LB Oklahoma)
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I had given Tom Wort a draftable grade as a core special teams player with enough intelligence and football acumen that he may be able to back up multiple linebacker positions when all is said and done. He's also athletic with 4.7 speed and good fluidity.
The British-born player will likely find himself on the practice squad in his first season after signing with the Titans shortly after the draft. (Via Terry McCormick of National Football Post.)
Jonathan Willard (LB Clemson)
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Tigernet.com is reporting that the Titans have signed Clemson linebacker, Jonathan Willard.
I did not have a draftable grade on Willard, but felt that he could've sneaked into the seventh round because of his athleticism and his ability to fly around and make tackles. He looks like a core special teams player in the NFL, but could find some value as a situational/early-down linebacker as well.
Matt Pierce (CB Valdosta State)
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According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the Titans spent a lot of time with Valdosta State tape this offseason. Not only did they draft a guard from the small school, but they have signed Matt Pierce post-draft.
Pierce was an all-conference player at his small school and has good size (5'10", 200 lbs) and physical play to warrant an extended practice squad look at either cornerback or safety.
Dontel Watkins (WR Murray State)
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Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean is reporting that the Titans have signed this speedy small-school receiver.
Watkins is big (6'2", 195 lbs) and a former track star. He has ability to return kicks an punts and can be a fantastic deep threat over the top. While concerns about his level of competition kept him undrafted, he could easily mature as a wideout or special teams ace if he gets an extended look at the end of the Titans' roster.
Stefphon Jefferson (RB Nevada)
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Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson has also signed with the Titans according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Jefferson shouldn't have left Nevada early, but he could end up as a deep reserve back in the NFL, because he is a productive runner that takes what the offensive line gives him. He's not dynamic enough to be much more than that, however.
Oscar Johnson (OL Louisiana Tech)
Jim Wyatt is also reporting that Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Oscar Johnson is "joining the Titans."
Currently standing at 330 lbs, Johnson is actually much lighter than he played during last season. Because of that, he'll likely be a guard at the next level and could find some playing time as a backup or rotational run-blocker after he gets himself into NFL shape.
A former JUCO player, his best football may be ahead of him.
Eloy Atkinson (C UTEP)
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Rashad Ross (WR Arizona State)
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Stefan Charles (DL Regina)
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Nigel Nicholas (DL Oklahoma State)
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Matt Sewell (OT McMaster)
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Travis Harvey (WR Florida A&M)
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This signing originally reported via the player's Instagram account and confirmed by Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
George Baker (CB South Florida)
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Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that South Florida cornerback George Baker has signed with the Titans.
Baker is a smaller defensive back (5'11" 180) who could use another five or 10 pounds on his frame and a position switch to safety. As he stands now, he's only a special teams prospect and has good speed as a former returner.
Michael Schottey is the NFL national lead writer for Bleacher Report and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Find more of his stuff at The Go Route.