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Titans Select Georgia ILB Monty Rice in Third Round of NFL Draft

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NASHVILLE - The Titans selected Georgia inside linebacker Monty Rice in the third round of Friday night's NFL Draft.

Rice (6-1, 235) was taken with the 92nd overall pick.

The Titans traded the 85th overall pick to the Packers in exchange for Green Bay's pick No.92 in the third round, and 135th pick in the fourth round on Saturday.

"I am very excited," Rice said. "I've been waiting on this moment since I was a kid, and it's special. I am blessed and I am going to come to work every day and live right on and off the field, and do whatever I can to help the team win."

Rice was one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, which recognizes the nation's best linebacker, in 2020. He was a starter at LB in eight of 10 games, when he was in on 49 tackles, and four tackles for a loss.

"You need your linebackers to really be able to run and cover," NFL Network Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said of Rice after the pick was made. "Monty Rice ended up running a 4.57. He has outstanding instincts as an inside linebacker, which is absolutely necessary … He is very aware in coverage. He is so quick and athletic."

Rice started all 14 games for the Bulldogs in 2019, when he racked up 89 tackles, and three tackles for a loss.

Rice was second team All-SEC in 2019, when he was the co-winner of the Vince Dooley Defensive MVP. He earned first team All-SEC accolades in 2020.

"I can call the defense, I can run, I can hit, I can cover," Rice said. "I can do what a three-down linebacker needs to do. In today's NFL you have to be able to run and hit at linebacker, and I think I do a pretty good job at that. But you can always get better."

With the 92nd pick, the Tennessee Titans select Georgia ILB Monty Rice. (AP Images)

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