Tennessee Titans 2011 Draft Preview

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** The Titans own the eighth overall selection and a total of nine picks in the 76th NFL Draft, a three-day event that begins April 28 and lasts seven rounds.

The NFL will conduct the draft from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, while Titans personnel will be headquartered at Baptist Sports Park in Nashville.

ON THE AIR

Like last year, this year's draft will attract a primetime, weeknight audience, beginning with the first round on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CDT.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 29 beginning at 5 p.m. CDT, and the draft concludes with Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. CDT.  The current format was unveiled for the first time in 2010.

Fans can watch the draft in its entirety on NFL Network and ESPN.  Radio listeners can tune to the Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone. Titans Radio will feature special draft programming throughout the weekend, including gavel-to-gavel coverage of the first round.

TitansOnline.com, the official website of the Tennessee Titans, will provide up-to-the-minute information on the team's selections and press conferences with general manager Mike Reinfeldt, head coach Mike Munchak and other members of the organization. 

TITANS PICKS

The Titans currently hold at least one pick in all seven rounds and have two selections in the fourth and seventh rounds.  Two of their picks (fourth and seventh rounds) were awarded as compensatory choices based on net unrestricted free agency losses in 2010.  The Titans have not lost or gained draft choices in 2011 via trade. 

Draft order is based upon reverse finish in the NFL standings. The Titans, one of seven teams to go 6-10 in 2010, pick from the eighth overall position in the first round for the second time in their history. They fared well in their first try, acquiring Munchak, a future Hall of Fame guard, in 1982. 

Other notable No. 8 selections in recent NFL history include running back Larry Csonka (Miami, 1968), safety Ronnie Lott (San Francisco, 1981), tackle Willie Roaf (New Orleans, 1993), defensive lineman Sam Adams (Seattle, 1995), wide receiver Plaxico Burress (Pittsburgh, 2000) and tackle Jordan Gross (Carolina, 2003).  The last two eighth overall selections were tackle Eugene Monroe (Jacksonville, 2009) and linebacker Rolando McClain (Oakland, 2010).

The eighth spot is the highest the Titans have selected since 2006, when they chose quarterback Vince Young with the third overall pick. Since then, the Titans have used first-round picks on safety Michael Griffin (19th pick in 2007), running back Chris Johnson (24th in 2008), wide receiver Kenny Britt (30th in 2009) and defensive end Derrick Morgan (16th in 2010). 

The Titans' remaining overall selection numbers include pick 39 (second round), 77 (third), 109 (fourth), 130 (fourth), 142 (fifth), 175 (sixth), 212 (seventh) and 251 (seventh).

THE DECISION MAKERS

The 2011 draft is the fifth selection process overseen by Mike Reinfeldt, a former Oilers safety who was hired as general manager in February 2007.  Of the 37 players drafted by the Titans since Reinfeldt's arrival, 27 were still with the club at the conclusion of the 2010 campaign.  Two of Reinfeldt's first-round picks — Griffin and Johnson — have already been selected to the Pro Bowl, and Britt led the team in receiving yards in each of his two seasons.  Morgan missed most of his rookie season with an ACL injury.

WHAT: 76th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting

WHERE: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Avenue, New York City

WHEN: 7 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 28 (Round 1); 5 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 29 (Rounds 2-3); 11 a.m. CDT, Saturday, April 30 (Rounds 4-7)

DRAFTING: Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs in New York communicating by telephone with their general managers, coaches and scouts.

ROUNDS: Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 28; Rounds 2 through 3 on Friday, April 29; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 30. There will be 254 total selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 23 teams which suffered a net loss of quality unrestricted free agents in 2010.  Tennessee was awarded two compensatory picks this year.  Two teams (Dallas and Chicago) exercised their seventh-round picks for this year in the 2010 Supplemental Draft. 

TIME LIMITS: Round 1: 10 minutes each team.  Round 2: Seven minutes each team.  Rounds 3 through 7: Five minutes each team.

Teams will have 10 minutes to make a pick in the first round, seven minutes in the second round and five minutes in every subsequent round.  In 2010, the first round consumed three hours and 28 minutes.  The second round lasted two hours and 25 minutes, and the third round took one hour and 41 minutes.  Rounds 4-7 each lasted less than two hours. 

MEDIA COVERAGE: Titans fans can follow the NFL Draft on two television networks -- NFL Network and ESPN -- and can tune in to the Titans Radio Network for draft programs and frequent updates on draft weekend.  Also, TitansOnline.com and NFL.com will provide fans with the best Titans draft coverage on the web.

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