The Tennessee Titans added 10 new players to their roster in the just completed 2016 NFL Draft, and now they have added an additional 16 players as undrafted free- agent signees to the roster. Those free-agents will join the drafted players in rookie orientation before mini-camp a training camp where they will compete for a spot on the Titans season opening 53 man roster.
Those undrafted additions include some interesting names.
Kansas State cornerback/kick returner Morgan Burns is a former high school sprint champion, Burns has good size (5'11" 201) with blazing speed (4.38 forty) who owns the Kansas State school record with four kickoff returns for touchdown in his career. He was named the 2015 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year.
Tennessee tight end Alex Ellis, (6'4" 236) who played in 13 games in 2015 for the Volunteers, and finished the season with eight receptions for 117 yards. Ellis was little used in Knoxville, though he is an athletic player with decent speed (4.79) who will likely be looking to earn a place on the team's practice squad.
TCU defensive end Terrell Lathan (6'5" 292 is an athletic player who owned a draftable grade, yet was not selected. Lathan is a pass rusher who pushed the pocket with his strength and long frame. He projects as more of a 3-4 defensive end and will get a look there and possibly as on outside linebacker with his 4.8 forty time at his weight.
Georgia's Quayvon Hicks, is a bulky (6'1" 259) fullback who blocked for a host of talented Bulldog backs including Todd Gurley and is a physical, tough player - note the recurring theme here- who has decent speed (4.80 forty) to go with his nasty disposition on the field.
USC nose tacke Antwaun Woods (6'0" 318) is an undersized nose because of his height. He was a three-year starter for the Trojans is a stout, compact defensive tackle with great size for the NFL. He finished the 2015 season with 41 tackles and was second on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss and three sacks. He appeared in 13 games, and earned 2015 All-PAC 12 first team honors.
Boston College defensive end Mehdi Abdesmad (6'6" 284) Abdesmad's play as a senior was good enough to earn honorable mention All-ACC by the leagues coaches. He completed the season with 49 takles, 15 for loss and 5.5 sacks for the Eagles. Those numbers are impressive considering he has battled a knee injury the previous two seasons that likely impacted his draft status.
Florida State defenisve back Lamarcus Brutus (6'0" 207) is a tough, physical corner who was likely overshadowed by his Seminoles teammate Jalen Ramsey. Brutus couldn't get on the field regularly in his first three years on the team due to depth at the position. However, when he became a starter, he produced by accumulating 68 tackles, a team-leading three interceptions and one pass breakup in 2015. Speed is his biggest negative (4.76 forty) and has man coverage limitations due to lack of speed along with being considered an average athlete. He could be looked at as a safety for the Titans during training camp, and he has special teams experience for the Noles.
Louisiana-Monroe wide receiver Rashon Ceaser is a 6'0" 183 receiver that most people have never heard of before now. He managed just 31 receptions for 325 yards and two touchdowns last season, but has the speed( 4.48 forty) to dominate the middle of the field. He must improve on his inconsistent hands as drops plagues him during his time at Monroe.
Colorado State center/guard Sam Carlson (6'4" 295) is a durable player, having stated 26 consecutive games over the last two seasons for the Rams. He managed 18 reps of 225 on his bench press, a number that is slightly low for a player of his size.
Southern Oregon kicker Aldrick Rosas converted a school record 97.7% of his point-after-touchdowns (PATs). He has an incredibly strong leg that allowed him to place 62 percent of his kickoffs out of the end zone. He will compete with Ryan Succop in training camp.
Wisconsin left tackle Tyler Marz is perhaps the most intriguing prospect among the undrafted additions. At 6'7" 325 with a nasty attitude, and from a program that prides itself on running the football. He started 40 consecutive games for the Badgers. One scout described Marz as "having good arm length. Gets good movement in the run game. Good hand placement; once he's engaged, it's over. Climbs to the next level well." Marz could well be a player who makes the roster because of his size and nasty attitude. This will be an interesting one to follow during this training camp. It's possible that Marz will need to move to right tackle or inside at the next level, unless he can improve his agility and recovery ability against better defensive ends at the NFL level.
Richmond offensive lineman Nick Ritcher (6'6" 304) is the son of former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman. The elder Richer was a starter on the Bills four consecutive Super Bowl teams. The younger Ritcher earned multiple post season honors including American Football Coaches Association All-American, an AP FCS First-Team All-American, and a STATS Third-Team All American. The Spiders ran for 2,673 total yards behind Ritcher and the offensive line mates in 2015. While Ritcher was a tackle at Richmond, he is thought to be a candidate for a look at guard as well as tackle.
Baylor defensive end/outside linebacker Jamal Palmer (6'3" 250) is a Two-time All-Big 12 defensive end who helped lead Baylor to the most successful four-year span in school history. As a senior Palmer started 13 games and amassed 54 tackles (41 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss (-44 yards), team-high 5.5 sacks (-31 yards),a team-high 16 hurries and team-high four forced fumbles for the season. He is most likely slated for a look at outside linebacker.
Oklahoma center Ty Darlington ('62" 286) is an undersized center who earned All-Big 12 First Team recognition by league's coaches and Phil Steele. He was chosen for All-Big 12 Second Team by AP. Darlingto is a smart player who was named Big 12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as being named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
West Texas A&M defensive lineman Iosia Iosia is another big body (6'7" 306) who recorded 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in 2015. Iosia ran the 40 in 5.12 and 5.0 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical and a 9-foot broad jump. he did the short shuttle in 4.78 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.72 seconds. He also performed 16 bench press reps.
Long Island University's Golden Ukonu is another massive body (6'4" 370) who was a two-year starter.He started all 11 games on the offensive line at right guard and helped to pave the way for an offense that led their conference in passing and ranked third in rushing in 2015.
*Long Island University Golden Ukonu (6-4, 370), a two-year started who played in the Dream Bowl this year.