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A Fit for the Titans? Former Vols WR Velus Jones Would Love to Stay in Tennessee


INDIANAPOLIS – Velus Jones went from being a Trojan to a Volunteer.

Could he be a Titan next?

Well, Jones sure wouldn't mind it.

"I talked to the Titans," Jones said on Wednesday from the NFL Combine. "I think we have a great feel for each other. They liked me a lot. That would be amazing. I went to Nashville twice and I enjoyed the area. Tennessee, I like the area, the vibes. That would be a great spot to fall.

"I know they have A.J. (Brown) and Julio (Jones) there, but they'd look at me as a slot. But I'm physical and strong enough to also play outside and make a lot of plays."

The NFL Draft is now less than two months away, and it's time for NFL draft hopefuls to start imagining landing spots for the future.

Jones, who spent his first three years at USC before playing the past two seasons at the University of Tennessee, said he's familiar with the Titans, and the team's top two receivers.

He'd like to play alongside them.

"Me and A.J. know each other," Jones said. "We played against each other in the Mississippi-Alabama (high school all-star) game. And you know Julio is a back-home guy from Mobile, Alabama. So that would be amazing, just to talk to those guys and get knowledge to add to my game.

"I think I'd fit in great."

A 6-foot, 200-pounder, Jones was a 2019 All-Pac-12 performer at USC before becoming a 2021 All-SEC selection with the Vols, where he was a multi-talented receiver and a return specialist at Tennessee.

In 2021, Jones had 62 receptions for 807 yards and seven touchdowns for the Vols. He also finished the 2021 season as the FBS active leader with 2,973 kick return yards.

He took part in the Senior Bowl.

"(Playing for the Titans) would be amazing," Jones said. "I really like Nashville. We played (the Music City Bowl) against Purdue in Nashville (at Nissan Stadium).

"Actually, I love Nashville. I like the vibe from the people (there). That would be amazing to stay in the state of Tennessee."

Jones played in 61 career games with 21 starts, including 23 games and 15 starts at Tennessee. Including his time at USC, he hauled in 120 passes for 1,434 yards and 11 touchdowns for his career. At UT, Jones caught 84 passes for 1,087 yards and 10 scores.

Jones was the only player in the nation with over 800-plus receiving yards, 200-plus punt return yards and 600-plus kickoff return yards. He racked up 4,738 all-purpose yards in his career, including 2,416 at UT and 2,322 at USC.

No matter where Jones ends up, be thinks he'll be successful for more reasons than one.

"Any time the ball touches my hand I'm going to make a positive play to put my team in a good position," Jones said. "When it comes to me, I feel I'm four players in one. I can make plays in any phase of the game."

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