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Friday, July 18, 2008
Will seventh-round CB pan out for Titans again?

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Titans have drafted a cornerback in the sixth or seventh round four years running.

They agreed to terms today with the most recent, Cary Williams, a seventh-rounder out of Washburn. Washburn, as you well know, plays as the Ichabods.

Williams got a four-year deal with approximately $48,000 to sign.

Will he go the way of Cortland Finnegan, the 2006 seventh-rounder out of Samford who was excellent in his first year as a starter last year? Will he be like Reynaldo Hill, the 2005 seventh-rounder out of Florida, who has started 26 games in three seasons but tends to play much better in zone than in man? Or will he miss out like Ryan Smith from Florida, a 2007 seventh-rounder who didn't make it out of camp?

Several people have said that Williams equaled or surpassed Aqib Talib's performance when he worked out at Kansas State's pro day. Talib went 20th overall to Tampa Bay, while Williams went 209 spots later.

The Titans signed defensive back and kick returner Chris Carr away from Oakland as a restricted free agent, and he basically took the roster spot that opened when the team released Kelly Herndon. Williams -- who is 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and has run a 4.4 -- may force them to make more room.