The Tennessee Titans addressed the backup quarterback position, selecting Hawaii’s Cole McDonald with the first of their three seventh-round picks, No. 224 overall, on Saturday.
McDonald will come in and compete with Logan Woodside, who spent last year on practice squad and practice squad injured reserve, for the backup spot behind starter Ryan Tannehill.
McDonald, 6-3, 215 pounds, was productive for the Rainbow Warriors, completing 326 of 511 passes in 2019 for 4,135 yards with 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
McDonald also has some mobility, running the fastest time of any quarterback at the NFL Combine, and could be a developmental project for the Titans at quarterback.
McDonald said he isn’t concerned that he lasted until the seventh round of the draft, adding that he just wants a chance to show what he can do.
“For me, I just needed an opportunity. I needed a shot,” McDonald said. I”n the seventh round, I could care less what number, whether it was free agency or in another pick, I just need an opportunity. For me to get that from the Titans is a dream come true. To hear my name called and to have this opportunity moving forward. I’m just super stoked to be a part of that team and a part of that organization and to help in any way that I can.”
Tennessee traded its second of the three picks (No. 237 overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round choice in 2021.
With their final pick in the seventh round, the Titans added more defense, taking Marshall safety Chris Jackson with the 243rd overall choice.
Jackson played mostly cornerback for the Thundering Herd, and could find himself as a jack-of-all-trades for the Titans as a cornerback, nickelback, safety and special teams option.
“(I played) mostly at corner in college. My expectations, drafted or undrafted, is to go to a team where I can contribute. Any team that picked me regardless of where it was, whether drafted or undrafted, I just wanted to be able to get to a team and contribute. It is just a great feeling to be a Titan. It’s such a family organization and just to be a part of it is a great feeling,” Jackson said. “I expect to do whatever the coaches need me to do, if that’s playing corner or that’s playing safety, if that’s playing every snap on special teams. Whatever the coaches need me to do, that’s pretty much what I go in with expectations to do. It’s not what I want, it’s what helps the team win on Sundays.
“I feel either position suits me well. I have played some safety before and it wouldn’t be a huge transition for me, but I am just ready to contribute any way the coaches need me to regardless of the position.”