Sep 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ronnie Brown (30) runs the ball to the one yardline before being tackled by Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (24) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Tennessee Titans went into the 2012 draft knowing that they needed at least a little help in the secondary. With the 115th pick of the draft in the 4th round, they chose CB Coty Sensabaugh out of Clemson.
Considered a late bloomer, Coty entered college as a special teams player but left Clemson as a team captain and leader of the defense. Sensabaugh also set a team record for most plays played in one season with 993. Sensabaugh entered the 2012 draft combine and ran the 4th fastest time amongst cornerubacks with a 4.42.
Being a 4th round draft choice, it usually takes that player quite a bit longer to be able to contribute and with Sensabaugh, it was the same. Although he didn’t play that much early in the season, Sensabaugh did end up playing more as the season wore on. With the Titans finishing 6-10, I’m sure some of his playing time was used so coaches could see how he was progressing this year.
In the last four games of the season, Coty had 3 tackles in each game. The most tackles he had in one game this year was against the Chicago Bears when he had 4 tackles. Sensabaugh seemed to fit in on defense and didn’t make too many noticeable mistakes while playing.
Being a 4th round draft pick, Sensabaugh certainly has many more tough days ahead trying to keep his roster spot, but he has shown that he does have a little game to him. With next year being his second year we should be able to see quite a bit of growth from his first to his second year.
Sensabaugh mainly played nickel for the Titans and that looks to be the position that he will stick at unless there are injuries to the starters. On tape, he looks a little indecisive and he must get that fixed if he would like to play often.
Tune in Tuesday for DT Mike Martin’s review.