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Titans' Finnegan evolving from afterthought to cornerstone

How has Cortland Finnegan gone from seventh-round pick to rising star? By playing with a mean streak and never being satisfied with his own performance, writes Paul Kuharsky.

Originally Published: September 1, 2008
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Put a cap and gown over his shoulder pads. Attach a two-toned blue tassel to his helmet.

Cortland Finnegan has graduated from unknown into an NFL starter on the verge of very big things.

"At some point he's got to get rid of that tag, 'seventh-round pick,'" Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said of the 24-year-old cornerback. "He's more than that. Everybody is so surprised when they say, 'seventh-round pick out of Samford.' But ...

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