Friday, April 26, 2013
Can Wreh-Wilson help get Verner inside?
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Can Blidi Wreh-Wilson compete for a spot in the Tennessee Titans' base defense?
The Titans sought a physical press cornerback and tabbed Wreh-Wilson as their man in the third round Friday, with the 70th overall pick. Tennessee liked both him and his teammate at Connecticut, Dwayne Gratz, who was drafted six spots earlier by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ideally, Wreh-Wilson or third-year man Tommie Campbell can either win the starting spot opposite Jason McCourty or earn an outside corner spot in the nickel package.
The Titans need someone to play outside, allowing Alterraun Verner to assume the spot where he’s best -- defending quick throws to receivers operating out of the slot.
Last season, Verner stayed mostly outside, with Ryan Mouton and then-rookie Coty Sensabaugh playing in the slot.
Scouts Inc. says Wreh-Wilson excels near the sideline.
" long, fluid and rangy defender outside the hashes. Displays very good balance and fluidity for a bigger corner. Can drop his weight, flip hips and transition smoothly making a 180-degree turn. Will be best suited as a press corner at the next level. Shows very good technique in this area. Uses long arms to disrupt receivers' release, maintains balance and can mirror receivers with his length from trail technique. Has the ability to open up and run with most WRs but lacks ideal top-end speed and will need to be protected in certain matchups. Lacks elite acceleration when breaking forward and has average but not good second-gear to recover if caught out of position.”