The Tennessee Titans made a last minute trade with the Minnesota Vikings to sneak back into the 7th round of the NFL Draft. Next year’s 6th round pick was given to the Vikings so the Titans could draft Scott Solomon, a 6ft 3in, 270lb defensive end from Rice. Solomon is an intense leader who received first-team honors in the C-USA division. Solomon is an all NCAA top 5 active leader in virtually every major career category including solo TFL’s (37) and Sacks (24) despite missing major time in 2010 due to a foot injury. His production reaches all the way back to 2007 when he was a freshmen and earned C-USA All Freshmen honors with 49 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
Scott Solomon is a player that wants to work. He lives and breathes football. Jim Wyatt quoted Solomon saying he was “full of piss and vinegar” and that he is urgent on making the team. Wyatt also tweeted that Ruston Webster had a mid-round grade on the kid and that he was too good to pass up.
Many of us are stuck wondering why Tennessee waited so long to take a defensive end. I was thinking about this situation and how Akeem Ayers has rush abilities when out of nowhere Jim Wyatt tweeted this:
Munchak said the Titans consider Akeem Ayers as another big option as a pass rusher so lack of DEs not an issue
Pros: Solomon has a fantastic motor and a willingness to work hard, whether he gets playing time or not. He is a pass rusher that plays with a certain anger and madness about him. His work ethic and impressive production have me thinking he will be a very good rotational/ backup defensive end. Adequate size and strength.
Cons: Solomon missed his entire 2011 season due to a foot injury. His athleticism may be a question mark.
Solomon will likely be a quality backup and should have a chance to impress in the preseason.
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