Titans select OT, ILB and CB on Day-2 of NFL Draft

Tennessee select Dillon Radunz, Monty Rice and Elijah Molden
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Published: May. 1, 2021 at 12:10 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Titans selected North Dakota State tackle Dillon Radunz in the second round of Friday night’s NFL Draft. Radunz, taken with the 53rd overall pick, is ready to get dirty.

A first team FCS All-American, Radunz allowed zero sacks in his last two seasons while protecting quarterback Trey Lance’s blindside. Lance was the third overall pick, by the 49ers, in the NFL Draft.

During his college career, Radunz played in 33 career games with 32 starts. He was part of four Missouri Valley Football Conference championship teams and three NCAA Division I football national championships and was a two-time FCS All-American.

Radunz (6-6, 301) was named the top overall practice player of the week at the 2021 Senior Bowl in Mobile.

The Titans selected Georgia inside linebacker Monty Rice in the third round of Friday night’s NFL Draft. Rice (6-1, 235) was taken with the 92nd overall pick.

The Titans traded the 85th overall pick to the Packers in exchange for Green Bay’s pick No.92 in the third round, and 135th pick in the fourth round on Saturday.

“I am very excited,” Rice said. “I’ve been waiting on this moment since I was a kid, and it’s special. I am blessed and I am going to come to work every day and live right on and off the field, and do whatever I can to help the team win.”

Rice was one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, which recognizes the nation’s best linebacker, in 2020. He was a starter at LB in eight of 10 games, when he was in on 49 tackles, and four tackles for a loss.

The Titans selected Washington cornerback in the third round of Friday night’s NFL Draft.

Molden was taken with the 100th overall pick. It was a compensatory pick awarded to the Titans this offseason.

Molden (5-10, 195) earned second team All Pac-12 Conference honors in 2020. He was also named second‐team All‐American by Pro Football Focus, which also named him Pac‐12 Player of the Year. He was in on 26 tackles and he also tallied an interception in 2020.

Molden was named first team All Pac-12 in 2019 after recording 79 tackles, 5 ½ tackles for a loss, 17 passes defensed, four interceptions and three forced fumbles.

The Titans are scheduled to make six picks in rounds 4-7 on the final day of the draft on Saturday.

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