- Associated Press - Friday, April 29, 2011

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans are sticking to their gameplan in the NFL draft.

The Titans took UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers with their second-round pick Friday, adding size and versatility to a team that desperately needs to improve its run defense.

The pick comes after the Titans addressed their biggest need, taking former Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Locker with the No. 8 overall pick in Thursday’s first round to replace Vince Young.

Ayers was a Butkus Award finalist as a junior for the Bruins last season and immediately gives the Titans a little more presence in their front seven. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, he should help Tennessee, which was small at the inside linebacker position last season.


The Titans also have need of a defensive lineman and pick 77th in Friday’s third round.