The Tennessee Titans selected wide receiver Tajae Sharpe from Massachusetts with their fifth-round pick, the first pick of that round.
The Titans sat out the entire fourth round after having traded their pick in that round as part of the deal of the first overall choice to the Rams.
Sharpe was at the Senior Bowl in January, but suffered a hamstring injury there He ran a 40 time of 4.55 seconds at the NFL Combine in February.
Sharpe said he worked out for the Titans and, though he didn’t know exactly when his named would be called, he wasn’t surprised that it was Tennessee that selected him.
“I had a lot of great interaction with them. I had a workout with them and it went very well. I feel like I ran very good routes. I caught the ball welln and we had great conversations in the meeting room,” Sharpe said. “We went through some of the offense and did some board work and things like that. All in all, I’m not surprised I went there. I love the Tennessee Titans and they loved what they saw out of me.”
At 6-3, 194, he has a slender build, but has solid pass-catching ability. Sharpe followed up an 85-catch season in 2014 with a senior year where he caught 111 passes, averaging nearly 110 yards per game receiving.
Sharpe joins a Titans team that is in need of help – as always – at the wide receiver position. Tennessee has Dorial Green-Beckham, who is entering his second season, free agent pickup Rishard Matthews and two players entering the final year of their contracts in Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter as the primary wide receivers. Veteran Harry Douglas is also on the roster.
Sharpe caught a pass in every game he played for the Minutemen during his college career.
“I would definitely say that my strengths are my route running and my hands, my ability to catch the ball,” Sharpe said. “One of the things I’ve worked on ever since I got to college was my route-running, being able to get open against press coverage, man-to-man, zone coverage, everything.”
He is eager to meet and begin catching passes from Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.
“It sounds great to me. He’s a former Heisman Trophy winner. I just want to hurry up and get down to Nashville and get to work with a great up-and-coming quarterback” Sharpe said. “He’s a young guy too, and I just want to get down there and get that chemistry going as quickly as we can and get the Tennessee Titans some more wins.