NASHVILLE, Tenn. | The Tennessee Titans' 11-man draft class got a glimpse of some veterans Friday.
Jared Cook, their third pick overall in the third round from South Carolina, got to meet veteran Alge Crumpler after watching the tight end play with the Atlanta Falcons earlier in his career. All-American running back Javon Ringer met LenDale White when the veteran stuck his head into the meeting room.
Cook showed off his athletic ability at 6-foot-5 with several nice leaping catches, making sure he got both hands on the ball and wearing the No. 89 worn by Frank Wycheck — the tight end who led this franchise in catches for five straight seasons. Cook said he hopes Wycheck will come by and teach him a thing or two. He also wants to learn from Crumpler.
The Titans must figure out how they want to use Cook in an offense that was led in receptions by another tight end, Bo Scaife, last season.
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"He's got real natural soft hands," coach Jeff Fisher said. "He adjusts very well, and I know one can make a case maybe he's a wide receiver, especially after what we saw today. He's got a lot of work. He's a very smart kid. He understands routes, runs them well. I think he'll be good for us."
Some NFL teams may choose to bring their rookies in alongside their veterans for their first pro experience. Not the Titans. They brought in their draftees along with eight undrafted free agents for a rookie orientation that started Thursday night, featured two on-field sessions Friday, film work Friday night and concludes with a final field session Saturday.
"It's incumbent on us to be smart and not to overload them," Fisher said. "We're giving them bits and pieces here and there, and you build. Most of them will take things with them."
The rookies can return in late May and work with the veterans.