Ladies and gents, meet your 2014 Tennessee Titans undrafted free agents.
Jaz Reynolds WR Oklahoma
6′ 2″ 201 pounds approximate 4.61 40 time
A 3 year player for Oklahoma, Reynolds finished his college career with 68 receptions for 1187 yards and 6 touchdowns. He averaged 17.5 yards per reception. Of note is that he was suspended by Bob Stoops along with 3 other players for unspecified violation of team rules. He would be reinstated but missed multiple games.
Gabe Ikard C Oklahoma
Many were surprised this gem went undrafted and the Titans might be getting a real steal. At 6′ 3″ and 304 pounds, he was considered one of the more athletic linemen in the draft. Ikard is smart and had a very nice pre-draft workout in the combine and at his pro day. A well decorated athlete in college, he is considered ideal for a zone blocking run scheme.
David Wright TE Westminster
6′ 5″ 255 pounds
There isn’t a lot of information on Wright available but he has very nice measurables. Also, there is this:
From all appearances he is also a quality guy off the field. I can’t lie I’m pulling for him to make the roster.
James Gayle DE Virginia Tech
6′ 4″ 259 pounds 9 5/8 hands 37 inch vertical 4.27 second 20 yard shuffle
138 tackles, 79 solo, 40.5 TFL, 22 sacks, 2 passes defensed and 2 forced fumbles
A draftable player who surprisingly fell, Gayle was coveted by many teams as an undrafted free agent. Conflicting reports had him both a New York Giant and a Tennessee Titan. Another real gem of the UDFA class.
Antonio Andrews RB Western Kentucky
5′ 10″ 225 pounds 9 1/2 inch hands
4 year player at WKU 618 carries 3674 yards 29 touchdowns with a 5.9 YPC average
It was reported last night the Titans gave Andrews $10,000.00 to sign as an undrafted free agent. That’s a pretty sweet deal for him so apparently he is a guy they really like. Andrews had a super productive college career at WKU but didn’t shine at the combine. also has return ability and was the leader in all purpose yards in both 2012 and 2013. Has fumbling issues and is a longshot to make the roster.
It might not be as big a longshot as I thought initially. Shonn Greene could be in trouble.
Josh Stewart WR Oklahoma State
5′ 10″ 178 pounds 30″ arms 9 3/8 inch hands
3 year player at OKST 180 receptions 2208 yards 12 touchdowns 12.3 yards per catch
18 carries 169 yards 1 touchdown 9.4 YPC
A slot receiver who could be solid, Stewart could be a victim of numbers. He might supplant Michael Preston if he plays lights out on special teams. Probably a long shot to make the roster.
Hakeem Smith S Louisville
6′ 0″ 186 pounds
290 total tackles, 197 solo tackles, 14 TFL, 2 sacks 4 INTs, 23 passes defensed, and 5 forced fumbles
A 3 time first team All Conference player, he enjoyed a super productive college career having played in all 52 games. Smith is a player and has a legitimate shot of making the roster if he can outplay Daimion Stafford and be a demon on special teams.
Justin McCray OL Central Florida
6′ 3″ 321 pounds
First team All American Athletic Conference in 2013
A very versatile lineman who can play both inside and outside, McCray might have a legitimate shot to make the Titans roster. A highly decorated college athlete and a team captain, McCray might be another undrafted free agent gem.
Travis Coons K Washington
6′ 2″ 199 pounds
116 punts, 4655 yards, 40.1 average
39 extra points 100% rating, 9 of 14 field goals made 64.3%
All Pac 12 Honorable Mention
Not only is he both a punter and a kicker but he was also the placeholder for Washington. That versatility combined with the fact that Maikon Bonani has never kicked in a real game, might mean Coons makes the squad. It’s still possible the Titans add another kicker however in the second round of free agency.
Derel Walker WR Texas A&M
6′ 2″ and 185 pounds
59 receptions, 903 yards, 5 touchdowns and a 15.3 yards per reception average
A multisport athlete in Hillsboro, Texas in college Walker has nice size and was a good JUCO player (Trinity Valley Community College) before joining the Aggies. Walker was very productive in a system that featured Mike Evans and Malcome Kennedy and his numbers speak for themselves. He might be the most exciting of the free agent wide receivers. Really excited to see this guy in training camp.
Viondy Merisma OG American International
6′ 2″ and 294 pounds
I had the pleasure of watching Merisma in person when I covered the USA Football Bowl in Hoover, Alabama in January of 2014. Merisma received Northeast-10 Offensive Lineman of the Year honors, as the Waltham, Massachusetts native and First Team Offense All-Conference choice helped pave the way for the conference’s top rushing team. He also helped anchor an offensive line that has surrendered just 11 sacks in 11 games.
Ri’Shard Anderson DB Syracuse
5; 11″ and 194 pounds
73 tackes , 50 solo, 3 TFL, 2 interceptions, and 4 passes defensed
A 2 year player for Syracuse, Anderson recorded 30 tackles (two for loss) and one interception as a senior in 2013.
David Gilbert DE/LB Miami
89 tackles, 48 solo, 16 tackles for a loss, 9 sacks, 1 pass defensed and 4 forced fumbles
A starter at Wisconsin, he ruptured ligaments in his right foot in 2012 that originally led him to retire. There were a lot of questions when he took advantage of an NCAA rule that allowed him to transfer and play a 5th year at the University of Miami. As a defensive end for the Hurricanes, he lodged 10 total tackles, 6 solo, 1.5 tackles for a loss and a half of sack.
In his 4 years at Wisconsin, he recorded 79 tackles, 42 solo, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, 1 pass defensed, and 4 forced fumbles.
Julian Horton WR Arkansas
6′ 1″ and 210 pounds
39 receptions for 54 yards, 12.9 yards per reception average, and 3 touchdowns
Per the Razorbacks website:
Horton has appeared in all 38 games with three starts and made 27 receptions for 363 yards and two touchdowns.
As a high school player, Horton played both wide receiver and defensive back. He was also a star basketball player.
Waymon James RB Texas Christian
5′ 8″ and 203 pounds
4 years at TCU 280 carries, 1798 yards (6.4 YPC), 16 touchdowns,
26 receptions for 274 yards, 10.5 yards per reception, and 1 touchdown
James had a fairly productive if somewhat troubled career at TCU where he was the leading rusher in 2011. His 2012 season was cut short by a knee injury in the second game. He was suspended toward the end of 2013 for a “violation of team rules” and did not finish the year on the Horned Frogs roster. He was suspended on November 4, 2013 and never made another appearance.
Winston Wright DB South Dakota State
3 year stats, 168 tackles, 104 solo, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 7 interceptions (2012 data not available), 1.5 sacks, 9 passes defensed (2012 data not available) and 7 interceptions (2012 data not available)
A three year starter and two year captain, Wright also had a brother who played for the Jackrabbits and his younger brother Dom also plays. He was also a member of Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll and two-time recipient of Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award (credit to the Jackrabbits website).
Williams Poehls OG Montana
6′ 8″ and 334 pounds
All Big Sky Second Team in 2013
Holy cow this guy is big. I mean HUGE. He might be too big to be effective in the NFL however he is another player who can play inside or outside on the offensive line.