“I’m back with them,” Ryan Mouton said after he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of today’s NFL draft.
Mouton was the 94th overall pick.
Mouton, who was raised in Houston, was “8 or 9” when the Houston Oilers moved to become the Tennessee Titans.
“You always root for the hometown team,” Mouton said. “Even though we’re big Cowboy fans in my house, when the Oilers played, we rooted for those guys. When they moved to Tennessee I still followed those guys.”
The Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers watched Mouton work out at his alma mater, Katy High School, on Friday. After that, Mouton recalled, “they told me, ‘You’re my guy.”
Yesterday, Mouton was told by Tennessee reporters that he would be taken with the 94th pick.
When the 93rd pick was on the clock, Mouton received the call. He was asked: “How would you like to come out and be a Tennessee Titan?”
Mouton will report to the Titans Thursday to participate in rookie camp. He is being looked at as a cornerback, nickelback and special-teams player. KIckoff returner? Punt returner?
“Whatever it is, I’m willing to do it,” Mouton said.
Mouton said the Titans were nor concerned about the pulled hamstring he suffered during the East-West Shrine Game in January. Mouton aggravated the injury while running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and UH Pro Day earlier this month.
“They saw what I could do on tape,” Mouton said. “They never questioned my speed.”
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Jake Ingram goes to the New England Patriots in the sixth round.
Ingram said the Patriots’ special-teams coach called him, and just started talking story for about three minutes. Then he said, somebody wants to talk to Ingram. Bill Belichick then came on the line, and told Ingram he would be drafted. “I was star-struck,” Ingram said.
Ingram, who was 230 pounds at the NFL combine and Pro Day, said he was told he should weigh close to 240 when he reports to mini camp on Thursday.
“I’m going to eat right now,” he said.
Ingram thanked June Jones, who suggested the move to long-snapper, and Ikaika Malloe, last season’s special teams coach. Malloe, the defensive coordinator at Yale, will be about an hour’s drive from the Patriots’ training facility.
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Defensive tackle Josh Leonard has reached an agreement on a free-agent contract with the Houston Texans. Leonard said he will play the three-shade technique in the 4-3 alignment. “It feels great,” Leonard said. The Texans do not have a rookie camp, so Leonard will report to mini-camp May 15.
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Jameel Dowling said he has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals. He said he is awaiting the paperwork, but he already has accepted the offer. Dowling is being looked at as a cornerback.
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Kaluka Maiva was picked in the fourth round, No. 104 overall, by the Cleveland Browns.