The Tennessee Titans traded back into the fifth round with the Denver Broncos at pick No. 157 to select Southern Utah cornerback LeShaun Sims.
Sims, according to NFL.com, ran a verified 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, though he ran 4.53 at the NFL Combine.
In making the deal, the Titans traded their first of two picks in the sixth round (No. 176 overall) and a sixth-rounder next year for pick No. 157 and pick No. 253, which happens to be the Mr. Irrelevant pick, the last one in the draft.
Sims had two interceptions and 12 passes defensed for the Thunderbirds.
Sims played eight-man football at Andre Agassi Prep in Nevada and was a zero-star recruit, according to NFLDraftScout.com.
Sims got on the radar of NFL scouts after being invited to the East-West Shrine Game and at the Combine.He was another player who was on the Titans radar throughout the draft process. Defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend worked him out in March after the club met with him at the Combine in February.
“I’m just happy to get the opportunity to play for the Titans. I’m happy with how today went,” Sims said. “Coach (Deshea) Townsend came out and worked me out in March, and I had a meeting with them at the Combine.”
In making their two picks in the fifth round, grabbing a wide receiver in Tajae Sharpe and then trading in for Sims, the Titans addressed needs at two positions believed to have been on their radar in this draft, but not addressed during the first two days of selections.
Both players are from smaller schools, giving the Titans three selection in a row, dating back to taking MTSU’s Kevin Byard in round three, outside of the power five conferences.