The Tennessee Titans select Ambry Thomas at 166.
The trend: If the Titans are looking to bolster their cornerback room, then Ambry Thomas, formerly of the Michigan Wolverines is a selection that makes a lot of sense for them.
This is another player who hasn’t been named as being a part of an official visit (or at least one whose visit hasn’t been reported yet), but Jon Robinson was at Michigan’s Pro Day so he got some hands-on experience with Ambry Thomas already during the offseason.
Analysis: Tennessee’s defense has put a premium on getting to the quarterback with their front four or five. Naturally, that devalues the players in coverage because you are expecting that the pass rush forces the ball out quickly, so you ask the defensive backs to do less.
So while everyone thinks that cornerback is a top need for the Titans, fans should expect that they are comfortable with starting Kristian Fulton and Jackrabbit Jenkins this year.
Still, there are so many bodies that need to be replaced in the secondary, Thomas combined value with need. He’s a good athlete with only one year of tape, but his most attractive quality may be that he (like so many other Day 3 defensive backs before him) has a history on special teams and is going to be able to suit up on Sundays without taking a spot from a high-end role player.