Upgrading the Titans’ defense will be one of his top priorities in the NFL Draft, but taking the best player on the board is still of importance, GM Ruston Webster told Teresa Walker of the Associated Press.
“Defense is a big focus of ours this year,” Webster said.
However, that wouldn’t mean passing over a highly-rated offensive player if one is available, he added.
“You just want to make sure you take the best player,” Webster said. “If receivers are there and a level better than the defensive player, it’s always a possibility. I think, though, it’ll depend on who else is there.”
Webster will be overseeing his first draft after being promoted to general manager from Vice President of Player Personnel in January. He brings 25 years of NFL pro personnel experience to the table from his work with the Titans, Seahawks and Buccaneers.
Tennessee produced one of the franchise’s top draft classes a year ago. In addition to selecting their quarterback of the future in Jake Locker (8th overall), they received strong contributions from linebackers Akeem Ayers (2nd round) and Colin McCarthy (4th round), and defensive tackles Jurrell Casey (3rd round) and Karl Klug (5th round). Running back Jamie Harper (4th round) and defensive tackle Zach Clayton (7th round) added depth, while cornerback Tommie Campbell (7th round) showed flashes of big-play ability.
Webster would be more than happy for a repeat performance from this year’s class.
“Hopefully, I’ll remember it fondly,” he said.
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