Titans take Troupe, LaBoy

Saturday, April 24, 2004 at 1:00am

The Tennessee Titans moved down into the top of the second round and still got a player they coveted when they selected Ben Troupe, a tight end from the University of the Florida, with the 40th overall pick.

Travis LaBoy of Hawaii was chosen at No. 42 to help fill the defensive end void caused by the loss of Jevon Kearse.

The Titans swapped the 27th pick to the Houston Texans in a swap of six picks and still managed to lasso a tight end, who averaged 16.4 yards per catch as a senior for the Gators.

"It was a situation where we got a very, very good deal," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said of moving down into round two before picking. "We had confidence that one or two of the tight ends [Troupe and Ben Watson] would be there. We had a first-round pick on Ben, and he ends up being there."

Troupe, 6-4, 262 pounds, helps fill a need at the tight end position, caused by the recent retirement of Frank Wycheck.

Despite not being taken in round one as most had projected, Troupe was nonetheless excited about joining the Titans.

"They

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