Scouts' take: How tight end prospects look for the Titans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans tried to piece together the tight end position last year with a committee of Anthony Firkser, Geoff Swaim and McCole Pruitt. But the collective group wasn’t enough to give the Titans a true threat at the spot.

In the Titans' offense, the tight ends play a crucial role and must be capable run blockers, pass protectors and also receivers who can supplement wide receiver A.J. Brown and running back Derrick Henry.

Cade Otton

Washington tight end Cade Otton/ courtesy Washington athletics

The Titans signed Austin Hooper in free agency, formerly of the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons. Hooper is a dual-role tight end who can upgrade what the team was trying to accomplish with three last year.

Hooper has had success as a short-to-intermediate receiver and is also a capable in-line blocker.

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