NASHVILLE, Tenn. — So, this is kind of crazy.
The Titans select Southern Miss CB Kalan Reed in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. (AP Photos)
The Titans drafted Southern Mississippi cornerback Kalan Reed with the final pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, and in most years that's a pretty big deal.
Folks like to make a thing out of "Mr. Irrelevant."
But this year the local connection makes the story more intriguing, especially for Reed.
It turns out Reed spent part of his early childhood in Nashville, and played pee-wee football with the Flatrock Vols. He remembers playing with another local product, Jalen Ramsey.
Back in the day, Reed actually played in a game at Nissan Stadium at the halftime of a Titans game.
"That's where a whole bunch of my family is from,'' Reed said. "I first started playing football in Nashville. I moved away when I was six, but I started playing all sports -- soccer, football, in Nashville.
"That is one of my memories growing up there, playing on the field at halftime. I got a couple of pictures with the (Titans) cheerleaders when I was five years old. I was in shock I was there."
Reed went to high school in Birmingham. He made the Conference USA's honor roll team, and turned into a dependable performer at Southern Miss.
At his pro day, Reed ran a 4.38 in his 40. He said he plays tough, and "I like to fly around and make plays."
The 5-11, 195-pounder is looking forward to playing for the Titans. As for being this year's "Mr. Irrelevant", he didn't have a whole lot to say on that subject.
"That was my team growing up," Reed said of the Titans. "Now, I am a Titan."