You might not have heard the name before it was called to open the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but Tajaes Sharpe was a very productive receiver for the University of Massachusetts.
The two-time All-MAC selection collected 85 receptions for 1,281 yards and seven touchdowns for the Minutemen in 2014. As a senior sharpe collected 111 receptions for 1,319 yards.He also participated in the Senior Bowl where he caught the attention of the Tennessee Titans.
A tall (6'2" 194) lean receiver, Sharpe has above average speed. clocking a 4.55 forty at the combine. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Sharpe is his lack of dropped passes in his UMass career.
In 204 catchable passes, Sharpe dropped just seven passes that could have been made. That is a stark departure from some of the Titans receivers who have that many drops in one game.
During his conference call with local media, Sharpe stated that he had worked out for the Titans since the Senior Bowl, and felt that his workout and meeting went well.
A communications major, Sharpe is a well spoken, young man who is excited to be a Titans,
"I had no idea where I would be drafted," said Sharpe. "But I'm blessed to be a Tennessee Titans and I'm ready to get to Nashville and get to work with my teammates."
I would definitely consider my strengths my route running and my hands and my ability to catch the ball. No matter where it’s from, I feel like I’m very improved since I came into college. That’s one of the things I worked on very hard since I was in college is my route running. I definitely think it’s my best strength at receiver."
Some miscellaneous stats on Sharpe include:
Four - 10+ receptions games
Thirty-three receptions of 20+ yards.
Fifteen- 30+ yard receptions
Three- 50+ yard receptions
Two- 75+ yard receptions
Twenty-one- 100+ yard reception games.