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Khalid Wooten to Titans: How Does Cornerback Fit with Tennessee?

With Wooten, the Titans get an outside cornerback who can return punts.
With Wooten, the Titans get an outside cornerback who can return punts.Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Zach LawContributor IApril 27, 2013

Entering 2013, the Titans felt good about their starting cornerbacks in Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner. After that, it was a bit of a nightmare. The earlier pick of Blidi Wreh-Wilson helped with depth, but that wasn't enough. Khalid Wooten is the team's latest draft pick.

Wooten has good size for a cornerback at 5'11, 210 pounds, and his 4.53 40-speed is competitive. He's able to keep up with receivers in man coverage and can get his hands on the quicker players to disrupt their routes. 

Here are some concerns brought up in the scouting report by Bleacher Report's Sean O'Donnell:

Wooten does not possess elite straight-line speed and is susceptible to getting beat on deep routes by quicker receivers. He does show decent recovery speed but will only be able to catch a receiver with average speed.

He struggles reading the quarterback and anticipating the route of the wide receiver.

Because of this, he struggles to get his head turned around when the ball comes his way. This could create an issue drawing penalties at the next level.

Some cornerbacks are contact-shy, but Wooten is a sure tackler and a physical player overall. He was Nevada's leading punt returner as a senior, so he has special-teams value.

How does he fit into the 2013 Titans? It's going to be a battle to make the roster. While the Titans added veterans at defensive line, linebacker and safety, the only new player at cornerback is third-round pick Wreh-Wilson.

Wooten's going to take on 2012 draft pick Coty Sensabaugh and 2011 seventh-rounder Tommie Campbell. While Campbell has touchdowns in each of the past two seasons on special-teams trick plays, he hasn't developed into a regular cornerback. Sensabaugh failed to impress in his time as a slot cornerback.

If Wooten can make the team and get playing time in 2012, the team's going to be stronger for it. 

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