Titans grab Cal pair, Winston-Salem end and Purdue LB with second-day selections

Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 11:09am

The Titans grabbed tight end Craig Stevens of California with their third-round

pick and traded up to move up in the fourth round.

The team then moved up in the fourth round to the 103rd pick overall and selected Winston-Salem State defensive end William Hayes.

The Titans traded pick No. 124 and their fifth-round choice, No. 157, to Washington to move up.

The Tennessee Titans finally added a wide receiver to their 2008 draft class with their second fourth-round pick, selecting California wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins.

The Titans used the third of the three fourth-round picks, a compensatory selection and No. 134 overall, on Purdue linebacker Stanford Keglar.

Hayes, 6-3, 260, played some linebacker at Winston-Salem before being moved almost exclusively to defensive end, where he had 8.5 sacks as a senior for the Division II school.

Hayes, who once attended a football camp run by the Titans Jevon Kearse, is excited to be a Titan.

"It feels too good," Hayes said. "This is where I need to be. I feel at home already."

Titans scout Cole Proctor had already been on him, seeing him during the heat of two-a-days working hard. Winston-Salem's coach left Proctor three DVDs to watch of Hayes, but only one of them worked.

He was not invited to the NFL Combine, but opened eyes when he ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at a pro day at nearby Wake Forest."It was the Florida A&M game and it happened to be one of his best games, so I knew I had to go back and see some more," Proctor said.

Hayes was recruited by North Carolina, Clemson and Notre Dame in high school, but when he failed to make grades, he had to settle for playing at Winston-Salem State.

Some, including ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper, indicated that the Titans might have reached for Hayes, who said he is eager to prove wrong.

"I'm the one to prove the doubters wrong. You ain't never gonna see me get content and stop working," Hayes said. "I'm ready to come down there and get read to work and prove Mel Kiper and everybody who had something negative to say wrong."

Hawkins, who started his college career at LSU, comes to Tennessee with the pick the club acquired for suspended Adam “Pacman” Jones. He caught 72 passes in his final season at Cal, scoring six touchdowns.

Keglar was one of the 30 players the Titans brought in for a pre-draft visit.

Stevens, 6-4, 258, caught 51 passes for 669 yards in his college career with the Golden Bears and was a three-time All-Pac 10 selection. His main strength, however, is as a run blocker, something the Titans hoped to address after losing Ben Hartsock in free agency to Atlanta.

"I think that's one of my strengths, but also the coaches said they want to try to get the ball in my hands and try to develop me as an all-around player," Stevens said.

He joins a position group that has already added Alge Crumpler and Dwayne Blakley this off-season to holdovers Bo Scaife and Casey Cramer.

The Titans have also traded up to grab pick No. 103 overall, the fourth pick of the fourth round. Tennessee gave up one of its own picks in the fourth, No. 124 overall, and also its fifth-rounder, No. 157.

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