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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 1999 NFL Draft — the organization's first as the Tennessee Titans — will forever be remembered for "The Freak."
The Titans selected defensive end Jevon Kearse out of Florida with the 16th overall pick, and he delivered an immediate impact, earning All-Pro and All-Rookie honors in his first season.
Kearse set the NFL official record for sacks by a rookie with 14.5 and recorded 36 sacks in his first three seasons to earn three straight trips to the Pro Bowl before missing most of the fourth season to injury. Kearse also forced eight fumbles in 1999 when he was named Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The energy, attributes, abilities and production of "The Freak" helped create the identity of Titans teams that went 56-24 and made the playoffs four times in his first five pro seasons. The Titans recorded 54 sacks in 1999 and 55 in 2000, finishing with 13-3 marks each season and advancing to Super Bowl XXXIV.
Kearse left the Titans as a free agent after the 2003 season and returned to Tennessee for 2008-09. He made 52 sacks and forced 22 fumbles in 83 starts of 88 regular-season games in his seven seasons with the Titans.
The Titans went back to Florida in the third round to draft guard Zach Piller with the 81st overall pick. Piller started 58 of 87 regular-season games in his eight pro seasons with the Titans.
Tennessee made one draft trade that year with New England, sending their 46th overall pick to the Patriots and receiving the 52nd and 117th overall picks. Tennessee drafted defensive tackle John Thornton with the second-round pick and cornerback Donald Mitchell with the fourth-round pick it acquired, and New England drafted running back Kevin Faulk.
Thornton started 35 of 51 regular season games and recorded 10.5 sacks in his four seasons with Tennessee. Mitchell recorded two interceptions (including one he returned 42 yards for a TD in 1999) and four fumble recoveries with the Titans. Thorton and Mitchell played as reserves in the Super Bowl.
The Titans have the 10th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft on April 25 and are scheduled to have nine picks during the three-day event. **Click here to visit Titans Draft Central**.
The chart below shows the selections made by the Titans in 1999:
Years with Team
(Traded to New England)
2a-pick traded to New England for second-round (52nd overall) and fourth-round (117th overall) picks
2b-pick acquired with fourth-round pick (117) in trade with New England
4b-pick acquired with second-round pick (52) in trade with New England