The Tennessee Titans are on a mission to bolster a secondary that played quite poorly in 2012. After adding safeties George Wilson and Bernard Pollard in free agency, the team also invested a third-round selection on cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson in the draft.
The 6-1 Connecticut product played primarily outside during college but is getting work in the slot with the Titans during camp. Versatility will be key in maximizing Wreh-Wilson’s chances of getting playing time in year one.
“You just have to be more aware of what is coming in behind you,” Wreh-Wilson said, via The Tennessean. “There’s a lot more stuff going on in there, from every direction.:
Wreh-Wilson’s size gives him the physical advantage over incumbent 5-10 Alterraun Verner as an outside corner and it will be interesting to see how defensive coordinator Jerry Gray uses them alongside top corner Jason McCourty and depth CBs Coty Sensabaugh and Tommie Campbell.
Wreh-Wilson’ NFL.com draft profile praised his length and skills on the edge.
“Scouts like Wreh-Wilson’s tall, long frame on the outside. He owns the closing speed to cut down receivers quickly after the catch when playing off, and uses his long arms to knock the ball away out of their hands. But he also presents short-area foot quickness to stay with receivers when tight on the line, as well as the powerful extension to knock them off their routes.”
The Titans will be probably be facing Andrew Luck twice a year for the next 15 seasons or so, and loading up on young defensive backs is probably a good idea. I’m not quite enamored with their crowded safety spot, but the Titans’ could have a nice trio of young corners in Verner, McCourty and Wreh-Wilson.