Titans cross national borders in search of prospects

Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:06pm

The Tennessee Titans’ search for a diamond in the rough has gone international.

Two Canadians are among the undrafted rookies who will be added to the roster and participate in offseason activities beginning with next weekend’s rookie orientation.

General manager Ruston Webster said following the draft that he expected 10-12 undrafted players to be added. Franchise officials have not formally announced that group, but a survey of published reports and social media, revealed a number of players who already have agreed to terms or signed on, including defensive tackle Stefan Charles and tackle Matt Sewell.

Size will not be a problem for either.

Charles, who played for the Regina Rams, is 6-foot-5, 324 pounds and Sewell, of the McMaster Marauders, is 6-foot-8, 345 pounds with size 17 feet.

Charles made headlines in late March when he recorded a 37-inch vertical leap at the Canadian Football League’s scouting combine. That matched what first-round pick Barkevious Mingo, who weighs 241 pounds, did at the NFL combine.

Charles is his school’s all-time sacks leader with 9.5 despite the fact that he missed four games (half of the season) in 2012 with an ankle injury. He averaged six and half tackles for loss over the last three seasons.
He took part in NFL regional combines at Tampa in February and Dallas in April and signed with the Titans shortly after the NFL draft ended last Saturday.

He remains a candidate to be selected in Monday’s CFL draft. A report earlier this week said he is rated as the No. 2 overall prospect by the CFL’s central scouting service. Sewell is fourth on that list.

Their deals with the Titans could impact where they are selected, however. Because the CFL season starts in five weeks, an extended stay in Titans training camp would limit their availability in that league. If either makes an NFL roster or even a practice squad he would miss the entire CFL season.

Sewell also signed with Tennessee within hours of the completion of the NFL draft after two straight All-Canadian selections. He was the left tackle for a team that played in the national championship game each of the last two years and won one.

"I think I have the body shape more for a tackle," he said, according to a CBC story last December. "When I was growing up all the minor coaches would tell me, 'If you're going to play offensive line, play left tackle,' and I've always played that position through my entire career."

Now he’s going to get a chance to do so in a different country.