NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Titans selected four draft picks on the second day of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The most surprising pick of the day was Heisman Trophy Award winner and Alabama running back Derrick Henry. It was the second year in a row the Titans drafted a Heisman Award Winner with the first being quarterback Marcus Mariota. Henry rushed for 2219 yards in 2015 but General Manager Jon Robinson said the No. 45 pick would also be used in the passing game. Robinson saying, “He can keep guys off of Mariota.”
The first pick of the day for the Titans at No. 33 was DE Kevin Dodd from Clemson. In one year starting for the Tigers he had 12 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss.
Austin Johnson was the third man selected in the second round at No. 43. The Penn State DL started 13 games and ranked second on the team with 15.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. In 2015 he returned a fumble 71 yards for his first career touchdown. Johnson joins former Nittany Lion DaQuan Jones in the two-toned blue.
Rounding out the Titans selection on day 2 was MTSU’s Kevin Byard. The Blue Raider picked at No. 64 had a career high 19 interceptions. Robinson said he has known about Byard for three years but he really started to stand out during the last year. He said the safety proved himself to the Titans during the Senior Bowl and through interviews by showing his knowledge of defenses. Robinson and Head Coach Mike Mularkey both believe Byard will be a player who can come in and compete.