The Tennessee Titans selected four players in the 2021 NFL Draft in the first three rounds before they got to Round 4 and took a flier on Rashad Weaver from the Pitt Panthers. It was a move that didn’t stir up a ton of fanfare at the time other than the acknowledgment that general manager Jon Robinson had acknowledged that the team needed pass rushers and Weaver’s selection shed light on the fact that Robinson had acknowledged that need and was trying to satisfy it.
Weaver is a six-foot-four, 259-pound prospect that had racked up five forced fumbles, 17 sacks, and 109 total tackles, and while the ACC may not generate the same hoopla as the SEC from a football standpoint, you can understand why the Titans and everyone else was paying attention.
Tennessee Titans rookie Rashad Weaver has created a buzz, one that won’t cool off.
Sure, we’re talking about training camp practices, many of which were in shorts and didn’t include tackling, and one preseason game. We have a long way to go in the evaluation of Rashad Weaver, but so far, so good. In Tennessee’s first test versus the Atlanta Falcons on the road, Weaver tallied 1.5 sacks, two additional quarterback hits, three tackles, and one tackle for a loss. He also got his hands on the ball to knock down a pass.
Sometimes guys are described as ‘being everywhere’. Rashad Weaver was truly everywhere that night. Fans and teammates are excited. It’s a fact that certainly isn’t lost on the young man.
After the game, he spoke some about his performance, Credit Tennessee Titans Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt for the clip and quote.
"Honestly, after the game I was pretty confused. In college, I was nervous before games, but I was super-relaxed out there (in Atlanta). I was just like, ‘There’s nothing to lose, just go out there and have fun, play, and show what you’ve got… (I’m) just getting the green light from Coach Vrabel and the coaches, to just go hard, go play, and we’ll fix the stuff on film… When someone tells you that, they just want to see you play hard with effort, you can just go out there and run around full speed and make good things happen."
Rashad Wever is official on NFL radars. He’s someone that you’ll want to continue to watch as we move through training camp.