Titans get defensive with 2nd and 3rd round picks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans are trying to add some much-needed help on defense and have drafted North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown with the 52nd pick overall.

The Titans started the second round Friday night trying to improve a pass rush that ranked next to last in the NFL last season. They drafted receiver Kendall Wright in the first round.

The 6-foot-1, 242-pound Brown set the North Carolina record with a 6.72-second time in the 60 meters as a member of the Tar Heels track team in 2009. He was timed at 4.44 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in February and was even faster at his pro day (4.37 seconds in the 40).

Brown had seven career interceptions at North Carolina and forced three fumbles as a senior.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have made tackle Mike Martin of Michigan their first defensive lineman selected in the 2012 NFL draft at No. 82 overall in the third round.

The 6-foot-1, 306-pound Martin had 172 career tackles with 10 sacks and 25 tackles for loss in 49 games at Michigan. He ranked among the best tackles in drills at the NFL combine in February as he posted the third-best vertical jump and tied for the best broad jump. Only Dontari Poe, a first-round pick by Kansas City, did better than his 36 reps on the bench press.

The Titans need help on the defensive line to boost a pass rush that managed only 28 sacks in 2011. They also need help against the run after ranking 24th in the league.


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