Kentucky's Little among Titans signees

Monday, April 28, 2008 at 2:18pm

The Tennessee Titans added 10 undrafted free agents to their roster on Monday with Kentucky running back Rafael Little and Hawaii receiver Jason Rivers headlining the group.

Others signed by the Titans include Virginia Tech defensive tackle Barry Booker, Delaware running back Omar Cuff, Mary-Hardin Baylor linebacker Jerrell Freeman, Florida safety Tony Joiner, Kentucky center Eric Scott, Stephen F. Austin tackle Brock Pasteur, Georgia center/guard Fernando Velasco and Lane College wide receiver Edward Williams.

Little rushed for 1,013 yards for the Wildcats as a senior and averaged 5.3 yards per carry, as well as catching 42 passes and averaging 6.7 yards per punt return.

Despite his small size (5-8, 194), Little likely would have been drafted by some team had he not suffered a knee injury in Senior Bowl practices. He had surgery in March, which likely leaves him unavailable this coming season.

Rivers, 6-1, 200, was part of the Hawaii Warriors’ undefeated regular season led by quarterback Colt Brennan. He was one of Brennan’s primary targets, hauling in 92 passes for 1,174 yards and 13 touchdowns in Hawaii’s spread-style offense. He even had 10 catches for 105 yards in Hawaii’s blowout loss to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

Rivers ran a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, which might have played a factor in him going undrafted.

Lane’s Edward Williams, 6-3, 204, is another small college prospect, who put up good numbers at the Division II school in Jackson. He was a teammate of current NFL player Jacoby Jones with the Dragons and caught 32 passes for 425 yards despite missing four games with injuries to his shoulder and ankle.

Cuff, 5-10, 195, scored 35 career touchdowns for the Blue Hens, an even more impressive accomplishment given he began life at Delaware as a defensive back.

Joiner ran a 4.59 time in the 40 and at 6-0, 215, has decent size for a strong safety. At one point, Joiner had felony burglary charges pending against him regarding an incident with a girlfriend’s car, but those charges were dropped, according to NFL Draft Scout.

Booker, a defensive tackle who had a pre-draft visit with Tennessee, runs around a 5.0 in the 40-yard dash and has decent size at 6-4, 284. He could be a nice project for defensive line coach Jim Washburn to develop. According to NFL Draft Scout, he had one positive marijuana test while at Virginia Tech in 2004.

Pasteur, Scott and Velasco will fall under the tutelage of offensive line coach Mike Munchak and try to earn a role either on the practice squad or as a backup, something that could be easier to do this season since the Titans did not draft any offensive linemen.

The full list:

DT Barry Booker Virginia Tech

RB Omar Cuff Delaware

LB Jerrell Freeman Mary-Hardin Baylor

S Tony Joiner Florida

RB Rafael Little Kentucky

T Brock Pasteur Stephen F. Austin

WR Jason Rivers Hawaii

C Eric Scott Kentucky

C/G Fernando Velasco Georgia

WR Edward Williams Lane College

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By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I play football at SMU and we have just hired June Jones. We watch film of Hawaii and Jason Rivers can play. We'll see what he can do.