Oct 13, 2012; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (5) breaks up a pass intended for Temple Owls wide receiver Deon Miller (86) during the second half at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
The Tennessee Titans used their first two picks of the 2013 NFL Draft on offense. When their first of two third-round picks came in at No. 70, the Titans knew they had to address their defense—a defense that surrendered a league-worst 471 points the previous season.
After cornerbacks Leon McFadden and Tyrann Mathieu were both taken just two picks before, the Titans used No. 70 on cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson from the University of Connecticut (UConn). Listed at 6-1 and 195 pounds, Wreh-Wilson is a tall cornerback who’s limited to a zone-based scheme.
Wreh-Wilson will likely compete with Coty Sensabaugh and Tommie Campbell for the opportunity to join Jason McCourty on the outside. That would let Alterraun Verner move inside. At worst, Wreh-Wilson should develop into a quality special-teams player—similar to Ryan Mouton. Not like anyone wanted to hear that.
Check out the NFL.com draft profile on Wreh-Wilson. It’s somewhat discouraging because his “weakness” section is bigger than his “strengths” section. According to the “bottom line” section:
"Wreh-Wilson is a tall, tough corner, with some ball skills. His length and short area quickness makes him an intriguing prospect, but his inability to quickly flip his hips and his lack of deep, recovery speed will likely limit him to a zone-based scheme."
Here’s a YouTube video profile from Erick Ward. Forcing turnovers wasn’t one of his specialties. In 11 games during 2012, Wreh-Wilson had one interception. He has long arms and appears like an effective player on short routes. That won’t mean much if the Titans cornerbacks keep playing 10-plus yards off the receivers. His lack of recovery and overall speed could hurt him against deep threats.
Was this a good pick? Defensive linemen such as Damontre Moore, Alex Okafor and John Jenkins were still available at No. 70. Barring trades, the Titans still have one more Day 2 pick: No. 97. That’s a compensatory pick that can’t be traded.
What do fans think of this pick? Any observations on this player?