NASHVILLE - The Titans selected Washington cornerback Elijah Molden in the third round of Friday night's NFL Draft.
Molden was taken with the 100th overall pick. It was a compensatory pick awarded to the Titans this offseason.
"In the back of my head, I was hoping to be Titan, and I mean that sincerely," Molden said after being picked. "Even from the jump, I told my parents and my fiancée I had a feeling I'd end up a Titan, and sure enough. … It's crazy it worked out the way it did. I know God has a plan for me, and I am looking forward to being in Tennessee."
Molden (5-10, 195) earned second team All Pac-12 Conference honors in 2020. He was also named second‐team All‐American by Pro Football Focus, which also named him Pac‐12 Player of the Year. He was in on 26 tackles and he also tallied an interception in 2020.
Molden, who played in the slot and in the safety in college, was named first team All Pac-12 in 2019 after recording 79 tackles, 5 ½ tackles for a loss, 17 passes defensed, four interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Molden's father, Alex, played at Oregon, and he was the 11th overall pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1996. Alex Molden played eight seasons in the NFL with the Saints, Chargers and Lions.
Molden made it clear he is happy with his landing spot.
"From the outside looking in, the Titans were always a team that did it the right way," Molden said. "They're a gritty, tough-nosed team and front office and they play tough-nosed football. And honestly, too, Tennessee is not a bad place to live. I am super grateful to be a part of this organization, and ready to get to work."
The Titans are scheduled to make six picks in rounds 4-7 on the final day of the draft on Saturday.
With the 100th pick, the Tennessee Titans select Washington DB Elijah Molden. (AP Images)