NASHVILLE – The Titans are looking for more playmakers on offense, and they believe they've found one in Louisville receiver Dez Fitzpatrick.
On Saturday, the Titans traded up to select Fitzpatrick in the fourth round (109th overall) of the NFL Draft.
"I was super excited to get the call, and see the Nashville area code pop up (on my phone)," Fitzpatrick said after being picked. "The conversation with the coaches, I definitely felt wanted. I can't wait to be a Titan. … I feel like I fit into what they are trying to do in Nashville. I am just so happy to be a Titan."
Fitzpatrick (6-2, 210) recorded 154 receptions (ninth all-time) for 2,589 yards (sixth all-time) and 21 touchdowns during his career at Louisville. He averaged 16.8 yards a reception for his career, and he also recorded 21 career touchdown catches. He finished his career tied for 10th with eight 100-yard receiving games.
In 2020, Fitzpatrick appeared in 11 games, finishing with 43 catches for 833 yards and three touchdowns.
Fitzpatrick has been a big-time playmaker in recent years, averaging 19.8 yards per catch in 2020, and 18.1 yards per catch in 2019.
"I feel like I am a complete receiver, and not one-dimensional," Fitzpatrick said. "(The Titans) like how I move, a big size, thicker frame."
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill texted Fitzpatrick on Saturday, and welcomed him to the team.
"When I got drafted, and everything calmed down, Tannehill congratulated me and said he's excited for me to come down, and he felt like that was a good pick for them. He likes my game and (thinks) I can be a weapon for the offense," Fitzpatrick said. "I said, 'I can't wait to come down and work, and compete, and learn how to be a Titan. I told him I can't wait to work with him. I told him I am ready to learn, and earn my stripes, and do everything I have to do."
Fitzpatrick was selected with the 109th overall pick after a trade with the Panthers.
The Titans received pick No. 109, and traded picks 126 (4th), 166 (5th) and 232 (7th) to the Panthers.
"We watched a lot of film on him and we like his size," Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said of Fitzpatrick. "We like his speed. We like his length. He's got good route running skills. He's got some things he's got to clean up. I love his toughness. I love his tenacity as a blocker. He's good in traffic catching the football. One of the things as we continue to visit with him and talk to the staff there at Louisville about him is how tireless his work ethic was. That's one thing we talked about is get ready to bring your work ethic here to Nashville."
The Titans said goodbye to former receiver Corey Davis earlier this offseason after he signed in free agency with the Jets. The Titans signed former Rams receiver Josh Reynolds in free agency.
Fitzpatrick and Reynolds will join a group of returning receivers led by A.J. Brown.
"I love to learn new stuff, from guys who have been doing it well in the league, and I can't wait to (work) with (A.J.), and talk ball," Fitzpatrick said. "I am definitely familiar with the team, since Corey Davis was drafted there. I have been keeping up. I get to learn more about their offense, and I can't wait until the playbook comes and I can dive more into it. I can't wait to go down there and work hard."
With the 109th pick, the Tennessee Titans select Louisville WR Dez Fitzpatrick. (AP Images)