The Tennessee Titans finished up their draft and the league’s draft by selecting cornerback Kalan Reed of Southern Mississippi with the 253rd pick.
Reed becomes Mr. Irrelevant and will be celebrated for that distinction, giving the Titans two such players on their roster. Titans kicker Ryan Succop was the final pick of the 2009 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Reed said he didn’t mind being chosen last in the draft.
“I’m just happy to play football for the Tennessee Titans and help them turn things around,” he said.
Reed said he was glad to be taken by the Titans, as he played youth football in Nashville and still has family in the area.
“That’s where a whole bunch of my family is from and that’s where I first started playing football in Nashville. Everyone there was just going crazy,” Reed said. “I moved there when I was like three and I moved away when I was six. I started playing all sports there. I played soccer and football in Nashville.”
Reed recalled playing pee wee football for the Flat Rock Vols where he played games sometimes at the Titans stadium as the halftime entertainment. He said he also played against Jalen Ramsey in that league.
“That was my favorite team growing up, and to play for them is a dream come true. That’s just crazy,” he said of the Titans.
Reed was a first-team All-Conference USA selection and had eight interceptions and 35 total pass breakups in his career with the Golden Eagles. In his senior season, he had 19 pass breakups and four interceptions, including two that he returned for touchdowns.
The Titans have been giving their secondary a makeover this off-season, as he joins safety Kevin Byard and cornerback LeShaun Sims as new faces from this draft class. The Titans also signed veterans like safety Rashad Johnson and cornerbacks Brice McCain and Antwon Blake.