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NASHVILLE – The Titans have agreed to terms with defensive back Amani Hooker.

Hooker, who played at Iowa, was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

Hooker (6-0, 200) played at safety and nickel for the Hawkeyes. He was named the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year in the Big Ten, and was a second-team All-America by the Associated Press and USA Today.

Hooker shared the team lead in interceptions (4) and pass break-ups (7) while ranking second in tackles (65) in 2018. In 2017, Hooker recorded 56 tackles and also had two interceptions and one touchdown return, along with two pass break-ups.

The Titans have now agreed to terms with three of their six draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.

2019 NFL Draft – Round 4: Iowa DB Amani Hooker
The Tennessee Titans select Iowa defensive back Amani Hooker in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. (Photos: AP, Iowa)

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I had the opportunity to speak with former University of Charlotte offensive line coach Chris Scelfo. Coach Scelfo coached Nate Davis in 2018, a season that was key for Davis’ draft prospects and a large reason why the Titans drafted Davis in the third round this year. Coach Scelfo has been coaching since the mid 80’s and has NFL experience as he served as the Falcons TE coach from 2008 to 2014. In addition to his work at Charlotte and in the NFL, he’s also coached at Georgia, and recently spent time on Houston’s coaching staff when Ed Oliver was there. He most recently coached with the Arizona Hotshots in the now defunct AAF. He’ll coach in the XFL this season.

He’s seen a lot of talent during his coaching career and provided me with some excellent insight into what the Titans are getting in Davis.

JM: There haven’t been a ton of NFL prospects to come through Charlotte. Larry Ogunjobi comes to mind and now Nate Davis. What was your first impression of Davis?

CS: The first impression I had of Nate when I arrived and put the tape on was that his talent jumped out at me. After I was hired, I didn’t arrive with any knowledge who the players were. I’ve coached in the NFL and at a ton of college programs and he just stood out to me immediately.

JM: You coached him during his senior year in 2018. He played both right tackle and guard for you. Which position do you think is his best fit at the next level?

CS: I think he’ll be a tremendous guard. I think he can be as good as there is in the NFL if they keep him inside and I believe that is the plan that they have for him in Tennessee. Experience is gonna help him. He needs the repetition. As far as his athleticism and power goes, guys like him don’t come around very often. He has the balance and he’s extremely powerful. He’s nasty. Tennessee did a heck of a job doing their homework on him. I didn’t think he was gonna last as long as he did in the draft. Congratulations are in order for coach Vrabel and his staff. They did their homework on him.

JM: I’m glad you brought up Vrabel and the staff. Did they come around a lot during his senior season?

CS: I received several calls on him from a bunch of NFL teams. I don’t really know who’s at the games, I’m busy coaching but I can tell you they did their homework on him. I know that one of their scouts was at two of our home games. I spoke to him. That was Patrick Woo who was previously with the Senior Bowl. He spoke to me in person about Nate.

Their offensive line coach Keith Carter called me. Mike [Vrabel] and I exchanged several texts throughout the process.

JM: It seems to me they were very interested in him. Woo, Carter and Vrabel all spoke to you.

CS: They certainly were. Coach Carter and Vrabel spoke to me after the Senior Bowl. It was smack middle in the process that I spoke to those guys.

JM: What scheme do you think best fits his skill set at the next level?

CS: He’s an incredibly powerful guy. I think he’ll be excellent in whatever they decide to run. Gap schemes will probably be where he’ll shine the most.

JM: The Titans run a lot of outside zone.

CS: He has the athleticism to do that. I think he can fill in at tackle if need be as well. I think he’ll be a starter at guard for them though. He just has to get to work in OTA’s, mini-camp and training camp when they finally put the pads on. That’s when you’ll see the full package.

JM: What was your process on teaching hand technique to a guy of his stature and skill set?

CS: The biggest thing is getting him comfortable using his hands. A lot of young players don’t believe in that because they’re afraid of getting off balance. You have to be able to trust that your hands are a major part of the process. That’s one of the biggest hurdles of teaching young offensive linemen. I didn’t get to spend enough time with Nate on that. I know they’ll get him right in Tennessee though. It’s something he has to do a better job of.

JM: How does he help in the run game?

CS: I think he has the balance and power to really excel there. He can connect with guys at the second level and finish them off. That’s a big part of what he offers.

JM: Much was made of his stance throughout the process. I think it was Titans general manager Jon Robinson who said coach Carter fixed that within a couple of minutes. Did you notice anything unorthodox about his stance and did you try to fix it?

CS: I never tried to change it. Right off the bat I recognized that he had a bit of a frog stance. To be honest, I had too much other grass to mow to worry about that. I didn’t wanna mess with him. I knew he’d quickly get that fixed at the next level. It wasn’t a major distraction for him. It reminded me a little bit of Ed Oliver when I was at Houston. People always talked about his stance as well. It was kind of the same thing, that frog stance low to the ground. It didn’t hurt his production.

JM: It’s interesting you mention that. Sometimes the draft process brings too much attention to something. It seems like that will get fixed rather quickly.

CS: And that’s the thing. If there aren’t little things that need fixing, why do we even need coaches? (laughs).

JM: You’re not wrong. Coming from a smaller program like Charlotte, he’ll have to adapt to the speed and talent at the NFL level. What does he need to do to make as smooth of a transition as possible?

CS: I know that the speed of the game is faster, the terminology is longer and more complex. I’ve coached in the NFL and I’ve coached in college, both at major programs and smaller ones. I’ve always believed that if you can do a job, you can do it anywhere. I don’t think he’s going to have a rough time. I don’t see his adjustment as being anything major. The only adjustment he has to make is understanding that he doesn’t have to go to school anymore. Football is full-time for him now. That can be a bigger transition for these kids than some realize. At the end of the day, when you step between those white lines, it’s still football and he’s really good at it.

JM: I love that answer. In closing, do you think he can start immediately? The Titans enter training camp with a wide open competition at RG.

CS: I can’t speak to the other personnel they have in the building but Nate is going to be one of the better players on the offensive line from Day 1.

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Newly acquired Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown was one the team’s most eye-catching hopefuls earlier in the offseason, but it may be a little while before we see him back in action again.

Brown suffered an apparent hamstring injury in practice last week, and the team doesn’t want to push their luck with his health.
According to reporter Paul Kuharksy, the wideout will be held out of team drills during this week’s minicamp.

“While A.J. Brown is available to practice in the Titans’ minicamp starting Tuesday and will do some work, the team will hold him out of team periods to be cautious,” Kuharksy wrote.

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The Titans seem optimistic about Brown and he’s been praised by many analysts. If he maintains his health after moving past this, there are high expectations for what the second-rounder can accomplish in Nashville.

Brown was an impact player on his three-year college career at Ole Miss, racking up 189 receptions for 2,984 yards and 19 touchdowns over 34 appearances.

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NASHVILLE – Titans rookie defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons has signed, but at this time, he’s not ready to deliver.

So what’s the plan for the team’s first-round pick as the rest of his teammates go through OTAs in May and June, a minicamp, and training camp?

A lot of recovery, rehab, and learning.

“I want him to do what everybody else does: Come in here to work, be on time, be focused, be accountable,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Simmons this week. “(He needs to) attack his rehab, attack the meetings, and attack the weight room until he can start do more.”

Simmons signed his rookie contract this week, but he isn’t able to take part in OTAs as he recovers from the ACL injury he suffered in February.

Simmons won’t be ready for the start of the 2019 season, and there’s no guarantee he’ll play at all this fall. He’s still early in his rehabilitation of the knee, and every player heals differently.

In the NFL, every player also gets injured, Vrabel reminds.

How they handle themselves when they’re injured is key.

“I try to always tell the player that the injury rate in professional football — or even college football — is 100 percent, that they’re guaranteed to somehow get injured from the start of their career to the end of their career,” Vrabel said. “And it’s not necessarily the injury. It’s how you deal with it and how you stay engaged with your teammates while they’re practicing and you’re treating. And it’s how you stay up on the playbook and to be ready when your get the opportunity.”

When he’s healthy, Simmons should be a force for the Titans.

At Mississippi State, Simmons racked up 163 tackles, seven sacks, 32.5 tackles for a loss and four forced fumbles in three seasons at Mississippi State. He began the offseason as a potential top-10 pick.

Now the 6-foot-4, 301-pound defensive lineman will learn, wait, and recover.

“He can’t do much on the field but he’s doing a lot of rehab and he’s lifting and he’s engaged in the meetings,” Vrabel said of Simmons. “Whenever he’s ready, we’ll get him out there. We just have to make sure that mentally and physically that he’s ready to go.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Talent isn’t the only factor determining the success of a prospect in his rookie season. Landing in an ideal situation that offers a chance to contribute early is an underrated part of the equation.

Tennessee Titans outside linebacker D’Andre Walker has an excellent opportunity to showcase his talent this season as a rookie under head coach Mike Vrabel, who has already made an effort to work with Walker one-on-one. The two spent a lot of time together during the individual portion of rookie minicamp earlier this month.

“I am excited any time I get to work with those guys one-on-one to teach them the things that we are trying to do. We started little by little to see what he could handle,” Vrabel said about Walker.
D’Andre Walker has already gotten plenty of one-on-one instruction from head coach Mike Vrabel. AP Photo/Mark Zaleski
In Walker’s mind, being able to work with a head coach who played his position in the NFL is a bonus.

“It’s great. He played my position and was a great player,” Walker said. “I hear it from everybody that’s around me. I was hoping I got a chance to work with him and have him teach me a few things. I’m glad it was able to happen. It was good, and I feel like I understand what he was trying to present to me.”

Mike Vrabel spent a lot of one on one time with #Titans rookie OLB D’Andre Walker during practice today. pic.twitter.com/mGrUnXBt2U

— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) May 11, 2019
GM Jon Robinson said the team targeted Walker all along and was glad he was still on the board on Day 3. The staff has taken notice of how the rookie has been engaged and answering questions in defensive meetings along with position group meetings with outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen. Walker is eager to take what he’s learned in minicamp and the classroom and apply it during OTAs.

“I am learning everything a lot easier than in college, because in college you have classes and other things to worry about,” Walker said. “But now it’s football 24/7. I learn both in the classroom and on the field. Just to see it plenty of times and get it in your brain before you come out here and do it, learn from the mistakes. … They presented it piece by piece and it’s working up to things that may be harder later on down the road.”

Walker is off to a fast start, which is particularly good news considering his path to meaningful snaps in the outside linebacker rotation is pretty clear. The four outside linebackers on the depth chart behind starters Harold Landry and Cameron Wake have a combined six career sacks, so the Titans could use more pressure off the edge.

While at Georgia, Walker showed himself to be a high-motor player who is relentless in pursuit of the quarterback. Several of his 7.5 sacks last season came when chasing down quarterbacks who were looking to extend plays. That kind of effort will quickly win over his new coaches.
Physical play fits the theme that Vrabel and Robinson are building in Nashville. Walker made his presence felt in college on run defense, routinely chasing down ball carriers on running plays going away from him. He did an outstanding job setting the edge, funneling running plays back inside for the other linebackers. His strong hands have a way of shocking offensive linemen when he strikes them.

“[Walker] has good strength, good speed-to-power, can set the edge and has lateral agility to work along the line of scrimmage. … He has good length,” Robinson said. “He’s not a really tall player, but he plays long.”

“We think Walker has value on all three downs.”