Linebacker Zach Brown became the latest member of the Tennessee Titans’ 2012 draft class to agree to contract terms.
The second-round pick out of North Carolina completed negotiations on his deal Monday, the team announced, and became the fourth of this year’s seven selections to do so.
Brown is fast and versatile but some draft experts raised concerns about his ability to play physical.
“We are just going to have to see now,” he said after being selected 52nd overall. “Everybody said that’s the knock. They are going to find out when the season comes.”
A state champion sprinter in Maryland, he started 23 of 47 games in college, where he spent time as both strong-side and weak-side linebacker. His best season was his last. He set a career high with 105 tackles, caused three fumbles and intercepted three passes.
He joins a group of linebackers that is in transition with two of last year’s rookies, Colin McCarthy and Akeem Ayers, expected to be starters. He projects as a weak-side linebacker in the NFL, which means he will start training camp behind veteran Will Witherspoon on the depth chart.
“He will come in and get a chance … to play in space,” defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. “He has athletic ability. He can make plays in space and get a chance to blitz off the open side, which will be good for us. We know he can run so he will be able to get in our nickel package.
“… He has all the athletic ability and speed we are looking for.”