The first will be the last.
The Tennessee Titans agreed to contract terms with two more draft picks — fifth-rounder Taylor Thompson and seventh-round selection Scott Solomon — Wednesday.
With those deals, the only member of the 2012 draft class whose contract is still to be negotiated is first-round selection Kendall Wright. The wide receiver from Baylor was the 20th overall pick and several players taken directly ahead of him already have completed their deals.
Although they were late-round picks, the Titans thought enough of Thompson, a defensive end out of SMU who has converted to tight end, and Solomon, a defensive end from Rice to make moves in order to get both of them.
Tennessee traded away its seventh-round pick to move up 10 spots in order to select Thompson. Scouts and personnel department members felt strongly enough about his combination of size and speed — not too mention a pair of large hands — that they did not want to risk losing him to other teams that might have been equally impressed despite his lack of experience at the position.
“The funny thing is we kind of liked him as a defensive end too,” general manager Ruston Webster said on draft day. “… To me, Taylor is less of a risk than taking a college basketball player and trying him at tight end. He’s been in the trenches.”
The Titans then traded a sixth-round pick in next year’s draft to Minnesota in order to get back into the seventh round so that they could select Solomon, his school’s all-time leader in sacks.
“The thought is that we had that sixth to give and we really wanted Scott Solomon,” Webster said.