Before the draft, MDS told you about SMU defensive end Taylor Thompson’s attempt to transition to tight end as an NFL draft pick.
The Titans are believers in what Thompson is doing. They took him with the 145th overall pick on Saturday and then started gushing about his potential as a receiver.
“I’d say his growth will have to come in the technique of blocking, but as far as being a receiving tight end, I think he’s uncanny,” offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said, via John Glennon of the Tennessean. “He’s got outstanding speed. He’s got outstanding size and hands.”
Thompson was a highly-regarded tight end coming out of high school but switched to defensive end because SMU’s offense doesn’t have much of a role for tight ends. He has compared himself to Rob Gronkowski as an athlete, so it makes sense for Thompson to try to become part of the league’s trend toward athletic receiving tight ends.
The Titans have Jared Cook as their starter at tight end with veterans Craig Stewart and Daniel Graham in reserve.