The Tennessee Titans started day three of the NFL Draft by using some of their draft ammunition to trade up into pick No. 109 to select Louisville wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick, a fifth-year senior this past year totaled 154 receptions in his career with the Cardinals.
The Titans swapped picks 126, 166 and 232 to the Carolina Panthers for the right to move up and draft Fitzpatrick, whom draft analysts touted as a solid route runner with good hands and decent speed.
Tennessee is in need of help at the wide receiver position after losing Corey Davis as a free agent to the New York Jets, releasing Adam Humphries as a cap casualty and electing not to re-sign Kalif Raymond.
Fitzpatrick figures to get into the mix with Josh Reynolds as a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver behind A.J. Brown.
The Titans got an up close look at Fitzpatrick at the Senior Bowl and he impressed them with his ability to play both inside and outside at receiver.
“They just said they were really impressed that I could play inside, outside and with my size (6-2 208),” Fitzpatrick said.
His days at Louisville were split between both roles as he played the Z position and moved inside his first couple of years with the Cardinals, and then played the X receiver during his last years at Louisville.
“I can run the underneath routes, and being able to run every route in the route tree, I can keep them guessing. I like to say that I'm a complete receiver,” Fitzpatrick said.