Tennessee Titans: Top 10 stories of 2015

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#7 Avery Williamson: A star is born 

The Tennessee Titans’ 2014 draft is known more for it’s “busts”. Bishop Sankey, Zach Mettenberger (0-9 career record as a starting qb). Even left tackle Taylor Lewan, who was taken 11th overall, has failed to live up to his selection thus far.

But in the 5th round, the Titans not only found a steal in middle linebacker Avery Williamson, they also found the potential anchor of their defense for years to come.

Williamson was listed behind starter Zach Brown on the depth chart his rookie season, but quickly made his way to the field after Brown suffered a week one season ending injury.

Williamson went on to post solid rookie numbers, finishing the season with 79 tackles (fourth best on the team). He also registered three sacks, two fumble recoveries (team high), and an interception.

Not bad for the 151st pick out of Kentucky.

Williamson’s stellar debut earned him a spot in the 2015 starting line up, even with Zach Brown fully recovered and ready to play. The second year defensive signal caller has not disappointed, upping his production to 93 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and an interception in 15 games.

Avery Williamson has been a durable, high-motor, quality addition to the Titans since his arrival two years ago. His transition from rookie steal to defensive cornerstone was one of the positive stories for Tennessee in 2015.

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