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--Cornerback Cody Sensabaugh already knows a little bit about the NFL, because his second cousin Gerald Sensabaugh, whom he grew up with in Kingsport, Tenn., is a safety for the Dallas Cowboys.

Ironically, new Titans defensive backs coach Brett Maxie coached Gerald in Dallas, and now gets the chance to coach Coty in Tennessee.

"Both are very bright football players and they have very high football IQs," Maxie said. "They are students of the game. Gerald is an exceptional person, and talking to Coty, he reminded me of Gerald in that way."

--Tight end Taylor Thompson is certainly the biggest gamble in the Titans draft, considering he played defensive end at SMU, having lost his position as a tight end when June Jones came in as head coach in 2008 and installed the run-and-shoot, which doesn't use a tight end.

Thompson liked the school and the Mustangs program enough that he switched to defense and not only became an all-conference pick, but had a draftable grade there, had he not switched position, says Titans scout Jon Salge.

"This is a player who was above the line as a defensive end prospect," said Salge, who scouts the South Central region that includes the state of Texas for the Titans. "So we knew we were dealing with a premier athlete from the beginning."

The Titans, who traded up in round five to select Thompson, believe he has enough athleticism to become a dynamic threat at the position.

--New Titans defensive tackle Mike Martin, the team's third-round pick, has become friends with Ndamukong Suh, after he tweeted the Detroit Lions' star about coming to his football camp. A friendly relationship began between Suh, and the Titans third-round pick from Michigan.

"I heard he was having a camp and I reached out to him and I tweeted him and he tweeted me back and he said he'd love to have me out," Martin recalled. "I got to meet and talked to him a little bit more extensively at his camp and talked to his sister Ngum and he's been sort of the guy behind the scenes that no one really knows about. I can call and he's kind of my guy who's like a mentor who is a hub of information that he is a guy who's always offered up his time to talk to me, and that's a big help."

"I'm going to be a ball of fire, full of p--- and vinegar, in there doing everything I can to help the team out." -- Seventh-round defensive end Scott Solomon of Rice who has a reputation for having a high motor and relentless effort guy.

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