NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Titans drafted Sebastian Tretola to clear a path for their running backs, and to protect quarterback Marcus Mariota.
They found a guy who is more than willing.
He doesn't care who he offends along the way.
"I am mean. I am nasty. I am trying – and I don't want this to sound bad – but I am trying to make you not want to play me anymore. I don't want you to come back out on the field once I am done playing you, and that's every play,'' Tretola said in a highly-entertaining conference call on Saturday. "I am going to block you until I hear the echo of the whistle. Not the whistle, but the echo of the whistle. You have to feel me. I need everybody that plays me to physically feel me, and that's my style."
The Titans loved Tretola's game tape at Arkansas. When he visited Saint Thomas Sports Park earlier this month, they realized the big guy was a perfect match.
The Titans selected the 6-foot-4, 320-pound guard in the sixth round (193rd overall) of Saturday's NFL Draft. He wants to put himself in a position to start as a rookie.
"That was their biggest thing is, 'We just love how you play the game. We love how you finish,'' Tretola said. "Obviously there are technical things that can be worked on but at the end of the day they were in love with my mentality. I think it is a perfect."
The Titans select Arkansas G Sebastian Tretola in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. (AP Photos)
Tretola started 24 games for the Razorbacks over the past two seasons after playing previously at the JUCO level.
He had an interesting college experience.
He played at three different academic institutions, dropped 56 pounds, and he even threw a touchdown pass that prompted a Heisman Trophy campaign students at Arkansas had a lot of fun with on YouTube.
On Saturday, he entertained reporters on a conference call.
On whether players hate playing against him: "From what I have been told, they hate playing against me. I mean, from what I hear from other guys, they hate it. But that is my goal. I want you to hate playing me. I want you to look at the scouting report and see, 'Aw, man, we've got the Titans this week. There's that guard again. That is my goal for every game, all four quarters, overtime included."
On Titans first round pick Jack Conklin: "He's the same kind of guy (as me). He's rough, tough, and he is going to get after you. And obviously this is what the organization wants and they did a hell of a job getting it."
On Marcus Mariota winning the Heisman Trophy instead of him: "I'll talk to him about it when I get there. I was definitely robbed. And I definitely have some concerns to address with him about that."
On the Titans mindset: "They are trying to build a mean machine there. So as soon as I came in (on my pre-draft visit), that was the first thing. We love how you play. (We) love, love, love how you play. And throughout the whole visit that was the recurring theme. 'We have a coaching staff full of dogs and we are looking to find dogs.' From what I see they are doing nothing but a fantastic job."
On DeMarco Murray: "He has proven himself. Having the ability to block for him, and having the opportunity to block for a guy that you know has the ability to bust a big run every play -- that is awesome."
On Derrick Henry: "He has done amazing things in college. He's another Heisman winner that I think I outperformed (laughing). He is a machine. He is a freak in every sense of the world. He is an awesome guy. … And he wants to win ball games and he wants to win them in the meanest, roughest way he can do it."
More on Henry: "He is a big boy. As an o-linemen, you sometimes have those running backs run into your back. … That's a big boy running into my back. That's fine. I just have more motivation to move my guy up and down the field, so it works out."
On "the call": "You guys probably know how it goes. It was just a whole lot of 'Thank yous'. The family is over here screaming at the top of their lungs. Everybody is freaking out. To be completely honest, I couldn't really understand what he was saying, but I got the gist of it. … It is an awesome, awesome experience."
On him thinking he should've gone earlier in draft: "That just adds to the chip on my shoulder. I can be 100 percent honest about that. I was expecting to be gone a lot sooner than this, and that just adds to the mean streak. That just makes me that much more mad. And when I play mad and technically sound, it's a problem. …. I am so ready to start this with the Titans organization."
On what's served at Tretola draft party?: "Ooooooooooooh, now that might kind of get kind of crazy right there. We might have some enchiladas on the way, we might have some chicken tacos, we might go fried chicken and mashed potatoes."
On his plans to start: "I am going in … to be a starter Day One. And I think that is how every guy needs to be thinking. It's a business, and at this point, it's about, 'How are you going to feed your family?' I think that is a big reason why they drafted me because they know that drive is so much more than you normally see."
On whether he's a country music fan: "I am not a country music guy, but I feel I should start."