LAS VEGAS – The Titans welcomed a new receiver to the team on Thursday night – Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks.
It came after the team said goodbye to receiver A.J. Brown.
"My high school head coach said this morning that the Titans were going to get me," Burks said on a conference call after being drafted by the Titans. "I didn't believe him at the time, but once I got the call I was like, 'This dude was right."
The Titans traded Brown to the Eagles during Thursday night's NFL Draft, and then picked Burks with the 18th overall pick of the first round, which was acquired from the Eagles in the trade. The Titans also received Philadelphia's third-round pick (101st overall) as part of the deal.
Burks (6-3, 225) caught 66 passes for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Razorbacks in 2021 to earn first-team All-SEC honors.
In 2020, Burks led the Razorbacks with 51 catches, 820 yards (16.1 ypc) and seven touchdowns.
"I am happy to be a part of the team now, and play my role," Burks said of the Titans. "I wouldn't say I am (A.J.)'s replacement, but I am thankful for the opportunity and that they believed in me to make that trade."
Asked to describe himself, Burks said: "Big, fast, physical and fearless."
Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said he's excited about Burks.
Burks racked up a season-best 179 yards receiving on eight catches and matched a career-best with two TDs at Alabama (Nov. 20) in 2021.
"He has been an exciting player in the SEC," Robinson said of Burks. "Big yards per catch, he's a big target, he's fast, he's competitive. He's a player we spent time with – he came here on a 30-visit and we got to know him. I am excited to get him here in the offense and watch him work."
Later in the draft, the Titans traded picks No. 26 and 101 to the Jets for picks 35, 69 and 163.
On Friday, the Titans are also scheduled to pick at No.35 in the second round, and at picks No. 69 and No. 90 in the third round.
The Titans are scheduled to make six picks in the final round of the draft on Saturday, including two in the fourth rounds (picks 131 and 143), two in the fifth round (163rd and 169th) and two in the sixth round (204th and 219th).
"We've liked him since, when A.J. was on our roster," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Burks. "He was a player that we were targeting, just because of the skill-set that we mentioned – big, physical.
"He was a player we really liked whether A.J. was on our roster or he wasn't."
The Titans traded receiver A.J. Brown to the Eagles on Thursday night. The Titans then picked Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks with the 18th overall pick of the NFL Draft, which was acquired from the Eagles in the trade. The Titans also received Philadelphia's third-round pick (101st overall) as part of the deal.