Remember a (new) Titan

Former Badger wide receiver Jonathan Orr was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft Sunday

MADISON — Brian Calhoun spent part of Saturday playing darts, horseshoes and ping pong with family and friends. Owen Daniels entertained guests at an open house his family had in his honor. Jonathan Orr? He spent part of Saturday suit shopping with his fiancée to take his mind off the NFL Draft that was taking place in New York.

"Actually, I didn't even watch the first five hours. I just went shopping, got a couple of suits because . . . I wanted some new suits. That took a couple of hours and I was just kind of driving around," said Orr, a former University of Wisconsin wide receiver who was drafted in the sixth round by the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. "I got home in time for about the second round and watched the rest of that last night and then today. I was just kind of hanging out around the house, just waiting."

Orr, on a conference call from his hometown of Detroit, admitted he expected to go a bit earlier than the sixth round but said he was still excited about being drafted. He joins former Texas quarterback Vince Young, USC running back LenDale White and Utah running back Quinton Ganther as offensive players Tennessee picked up in the draft.

"They expressed that they really did have an interest and that they were really happy that they had an opportunity to get me at this point in the draft and that there was definitely a need there for a receiver like me," said Orr, who met with some of Tennessee's coaching staff, including receivers coach Ray Sherman, and personnel staff at the combine.

At Wisconsin, Orr had an outstanding freshman campaign in which he set the record for receiving yards by a freshman with 842, and had 11 touchdowns. He was named a second-team freshman All American by The Sporting News and made the Big Ten's all-freshman first team.

He did not have the stats in his sophomore and junior years, though, taking a backseat to Lee Evans in 2003 and playing in a passing unit that struggled in general in 2004. But he was more productive as a senior in 2005, catching 40 passes for 688 yards and eight touchdowns.

"I think Wisconsin has prepared me very well," Orr said. "There's other aspects to [playing receiver] than just catching and I feel like I had a chance to focus on those a lot and get pretty solid in those. I can get a lot better but at least I'll go to the next level knowing what it takes to be able to be successful as far as the other intangibles or the other things as far blocking and just running the routes and just everything that I've learned here."

Orr has one class left this semester and graduates in two weeks, but he said he is going down to Nashville on Thursday for a few days before final exams.


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