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Titans draft Brookwood's Curran in third round

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

The second day of the NFL Draft nearly passed without Rennie Curran's name being called.

Sixty-four players had been drafted Friday night in the second and third rounds, and only two selections remained as the clock passed 10 p.m. With the penultimate pick, it finally happened for the Brookwood grad.

The Tennessee Titans selected Curran with the 33rd pick of the third round, 97th overall, making sure the linebacker could rest easy Friday night. If the third round had passed without him being selected, it would have meant one more night of uncertainty for the 21-year-old until the draft's fourth through seventh rounds today.

Curran entered the draft early after three standout seasons at Georgia that saw him rack up 298 tackles in 37 games. He worked his way into a starting role as a true freshman, then was a first-team All-SEC selection the past two seasons, including a junior season with an SEC-best 130 tackles.

Some pre-draft concerns about his height were answered at the NFL Combine -- he measured 5-foot-11, 235 pounds -- even though an hamstring injury limited him in workouts. He improved his performances at Georgia's Pro Day workouts, which seemed to be good enough for the Titans as they look to bolster their defense for the future.

Tennessee also drafted Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan with its first-round choice, 16th overall. They join a roster that already includes one Gwinnett grad, North Gwinnett's Jared Cook, who was a third-round selection of the Titans last season.

Curran has the versatility to play inside or outside linebacker, though he's likely a middle linebacker in Tennessee's 4-3 defense. The Titans' No. 1 middle linebacker is Stephen Tulloch, a sixth-year player who also is 5-11, 235 pounds. Young linebackers Colin Allred and Gerald McGrath are listed as the starters at the outside spots, though veterans Keith Bulluck and Jamie Winborn are backups.