Titans select Texas' Griffin with first choice; might play him at CB

Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 1:00am

The Tennessee Titans selected University of Texas safety Michael Griffin with the 19th choice in the first round of Saturday's NFL draft.

Griffin joins a crowded safety lot with the Titans that includes starters Chris Hope and Lamont Thompson, backups Calvin Lowry, Vince Fuller, Donnie Nickey and newly acquired Bryan Scott.

The Titans, however, said they would use Griffin as a cornerback or nickelback as well as having him learn the safety position.

"We can play him at a number of different positions," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "He can play safety, nickelback, cornerback."

Griffin, according to veteran scout C.O. Brocato, did well at his workouts, especially in his back pedal and in turning his hips. Griffin ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash.

The Titans have been looking to upgrade a defense that ranked 32nd overall and lost Adam "Pacman" Jones to a year-long suspension.

Griffin, 5-11 1/2, 202, said he thought the Jacksonville Jaguars might pick him at No. 17 until that pick was traded to Denver.

"It just really shocked me to see Tennessee call," Griffin said.

But his versatility and his ability to block punts were tough for the Titans to overlook.

"I was recruited as a corner coming into the University of Texas. At the University of Texas coming in, you have to know all the positions. The top four players play. We really don't recruit true safeties, and we really don't recruit true corners. We recruit players that can play all the different positions."

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