Austin Johnson Drafted No. 43 Overall By Tennessee Titans
Prior to the start of today’s NFL Draft, all eyes were on Christian Hackenberg. Pundits around the league expected someone to call his name early in the second round, but the Tennessee Titans made a splash by making defensive tackle Austin Johnson the first Nittany Lion to come off the board.
Joining DaQan Jones along a relatively stacked defensive line, Johnson figures to play a rotational role behind Jones and standout Jurell Casey in Tennessee. Going off the board at No. 43 overall, Johnson becomes the highest drafted Nittany Lion since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected offensive tackle Donovan Smith atop the second round at No. 34 overall.
Jones even called the pick earlier Friday afternoon on Twitter, one-upping everybody who’s ever filled out a mock draft.
— DaQuan Jones (@RiDQulous_98) April 29, 2016
The future looks bright for the talented run-stuffer as the culture begins to shift in Tennessee. Congratulations, Austin!