The Titans hosted several prospects from Middle Tennessee yesterday in Nashville for a private workout. The most notable were Vandy LB/DE Caleb Azubike and Navy QB Keenan Reynolds.
There's no place like home.
Pre-Draft visits are underway, and today we brought in some locals.https://t.co/qtitzwQpC8
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) April 8, 2016
Azubike is a very intriguing prospect out of Vanderbilt, just down the street from Nissan Stadium where the Titans play. He played at McGavock High School and eventually signed with James Franklin when he was at Vandy. Azubike was a monster his first three seasons and was poised to break out as a senior until a broken jaw cut his season short. When he was healthy Azubike showed a ton of potential won several SEC defensive weekly awards.
During his junior season Azubike switched from linebacker to defensive end when the team switched to a 3-4 when Derek Mason took over as head coach. The Titans also run a 3-4 and he could slide right in as a backup if he lands with the team after the draft and makes the team. Azubike won’t likely be drafted after a disappointing senior year but he will likely get picked up as an undrafted free agent or invited to a rookie mini camp after the NFL Draft later this month.
Former star Navy QB Keenan Reynolds was also working out for the Titans yesterday. He did attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland but grew up in Nashville playing high school football at Goodpasture. While at Navy Reynolds re-wrote the teams record book as a quarterback. Going into his senior year there was even buzz that he could be a Heisman candidate and many were surprised when he didn’t get invited to the NFL Combine in February.
Despite all of his accolades at the Naval Academy Reynolds probably won’t be drafted. He has to fulfill a five year commitment to the Navy but that can be pushed back until after his NFL career. The Navy looks at each player on a case by case basis and nothing can be guaranteed. Also by running the option for four years Reynolds didn’t do a lot that NFL QBs do on Sunday. He did catch passes and fielded punts for Titans GM Jon Robinson to show his versatility. Like Azubike Reynolds will get a shot at the NFL but it’s doubtful he hears his name called during the draft. He will have to go the undrafted free agent route or shine at a rookie mini camp.
In addition to Azubike and Reynolds the Titans also worked out several other notable local prospects including two from Tennessee Tech, RB Radir Annoor and CB DeMario Donnell. Annoor actually attended the Baltimore Regional Combine in February and had a good showing. Donnell was hampered by injuries and never got going as a senior.
TSU OL Shaq Anthony also was onhand to workout for the Titans. Anthony transferred from Clemson in 2014 but was injured for most of his senior season. Fully healed he had a stellar pro day last month and was invited to come and workout for the Titans.