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Titans cross another need off list with LB Ayers

The Tennessee Titans are sticking to their gameplan in the NFL draft.

The Titans took UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers with their second-round pick Friday, adding size and versatility to a team that desperately needs to improve its run defense.

The pick comes after the Titans addressed their biggest need, taking former Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Locker with the No. 8 overall pick in Thursday's first round to replace Vince Young.

Ayers was a Butkus Award finalist as a junior for the Bruins last season and immediately gives the Titans a little more presence in their front seven. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, he should help Tennessee, which was small at the inside linebacker position last season.

The Titans also have need of a defensive lineman and pick 77th in Friday's third round.