The Tennessee Titans are in the process of bringing players to St. Thomas Sports Park for pre-draft visits this week.
In addition to bringing in most of the big names expected to go at the top of the draft like Laremy Tunsil, Jalen Ramsey and Joey Bosa, the Titans will also use their 30 pre-draft visits to get a better read on some of the players who might be available after round one in this draft.
One of the first players on the docket is defensive tackle Vernon Butler of Louisiana Tech, who per a source is heading to Nashville today.
Butler is a player the Titans could consider with their second-round pick at No. 33 overall. The wide-bodied defensive tackle might be a fit on the nose for the Titans in their 3-4 defense under Dick LeBeau.
At 6-4, 323, Butler was an All-Conference USA selection as a senior after posting four sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Butler also took part in the Senior Bowl in January.
The Titans are currently a bit short-handed at the nose tackle position. They re-signed Al Woods to a three-year contract extension, but have not made any overtures toward re-signing Sammie Hill, their other nose tackle.
Butler, according to NFLDraftScout.com’s scouting report on him, is a versatile player capable of lining up at the end positions as well in a 3-4.
Pre-draft visits don’t always give an indication of what a team intends to do in the draft, but sometimes can offer clues as to a team’s interest. Sometimes teams bring pre-draft visitors in just to answer questions they might have about a player health-wise, fit-wise or character-wise.
In addition to the 30 visitors they can bring in, the Titans can also bring in players with local ties who won’t count against that number. Interestingly enough, Ramsey who played high school football at Brentwood Academy, will not count against Tennessee’s 30 count of pre-draft visitors because of that local tie.