The Tennessee Titans wrapped up their 2013 NFL Draft when they drafted their third defensive back in the last two days. With the No. 248 pick, the Titans drafted safety Daimion Stafford from the University of Nebraska. Stafford joins Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Khalid Wooten as the newest defensive backs from this draft class.
Check out this information from the Titans Twitter page:
In 2012 at Nebraska, Daimion Stafford ranked 2nd on the team with 96 tackles & led squad with 4 INTs. He was named First-team All-Big Ten.
— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) April 27, 2013
What can fans expect from Stafford? He’s a safety whose strengths are shown when he plays in the box. He’s an aggressive run-defender and will unleash on any receiver who enters his territory. For the Titans, those elements would give them a safety with a vastly different skill-set than that of Michael Griffin.
Here’s the NFL.com profile for Stafford. According to the “bottom line:”
Stafford is following Lavonte David’s path from junior college to Lincoln to the NFL. The thick-bodied safety needs to improve his play while the ball is in the air, but his aggressiveness could earn him a late-round selection.
In addition to the three defensive backs who were drafted, 2012 sixth-round pick Markelle Martin will return from injury. Fans can expect a lot of competition in a secondary that will have plenty of job openings. That includes an opportunity to win a job as an outside cornerback with Jason McCourty. That would allow Alterraun Verner to move into the slot.
Don’t expect all of these newcomers to make the final 53-man roster. There’s a good chance that at least one of them will start the season on the practice squad. They’ll have their work cutout for them during training camp.