NASHVILLE – The Titans selected former University of Tennessee safety Theo Jackson in the sixth round of Saturday's NFL Draft.
Jackson, who grew up a Titans fans in Antioch and prepped at Nashville's John Overton High, was taken with the 204th overall pick.
Jackson said he watched the draft with 60 or 70 family members in Nashville, and it turned into a celebration.
"I am not going to lie to you – I am going through so many emotions right now," Jackson said after being picked. "It is the best feeling, to grow up in Nashville, to go to school at Tennessee and then come back home for pro ball, it is really … I can't even think of the words to say right now. I am just so excited and so eager to get to work."
Jackson (6-2, 203) started 12 games for the Vols in 2021, when he tallied 78 tackles, one interception and 1.5 sacks, along with nine tackles for a loss and 12 quarterbacks hits.
In his college career, Jackson played in 56 games, and he recorded 190 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss a pair of interceptions.
Jackson can play nickel, corner or safety, and he was regularly used in blitz situations with the Vols.
"They love my versatility," Jackson said of the Titans. "So, I could probably play safety, play the dime, or play some slot. It's really how they want to view me and where they want to place me."
Earlier this month, Jackson attended local pro day, when he met the Titans coaches and said he began to feel comfortable.
"It just felt like home," he said.
His dream became a reality on Saturday, and his family exploded with excitement when he got the call with another 615 area code.
"When I was at Overton, I was trying to get to the next level, which was college," Jackson said. "But I was envisioning myself playing with the Titans. Just having that vision come true, I still can't give a word to say how I am feeling about it."
The Titans selected Tennessee DB Theo Jackson in the sixth round of Saturday's NFL Draft.