Titans goes defense with second and third picks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have taken UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers in the second round of the NFL draft.

Ayers was a Butkus Award finalist as a junior for the Bruins last season and immediately gives the Titans some size in their front seven. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, he should help Tennessee improve its run defense. He also gives the team flexibility after spending time at defensive end on third down.

Tennessee entered the draft with needs at quarterback, defensive line and linebacker and stuck to the gameplan Friday with the 39th overall pick. Ayers finished his career with 183 tackles, including 29.5 for loss and 14 sacks.

The Titans opened the draft by taking former Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Locker with the No. 8 overall pick Thursday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans continued to focus on defense on the second day of the NFL draft, taking Southern Cal defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.

The 6-foot-1, 305-pound tackle is the third Pac-10 player taken in the draft and the second from a Los Angeles area school.

The Titans started Friday by taking former UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers in the second round with the 39th overall pick. They also introduced former Washington quarterback Jake Locker, taken Thursday with the No. 8 overall pick.

Casey is the big body in the middle the Titans have been looking for to bulk up their run defense. The junior finished his career with 138 tackles, including 22 for loss and nine sacks.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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