Dontel Watkins went from Antioch High to the Titans, but his path to the NFL was hardly a straight shot.

Now that he’s made it, his goal is to stick around. And don’t tell him he’s a long shot.

Watkins, a receiver who finished his college career at Murray State, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Titans after being passed over in the NFL Draft. He’ll join the rest of the team’s rookie class at an orientation next week before beginning offseason work with the team, where he’ll practice with some of the players he idolized as a kid.

“It’s like a dream come true,’’ Watkins said. “Since I’ve been little I wanted to play pro, and now to be getting a shot, and to have it be in my hometown with the Titans, it really is like a dream for me and my family.

“But I’m not satisfied — I want to make the team. The Titans are giving me an opportunity. They let me in. Now that I’ve got my foot in the door, it is all about what I can do, and I want to show them they didn’t make a mistake.”

Watkins, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder, has his work cut out for him.

He’ll join a crowded position that also includes former Tennessee Vols receiver Justin Hunter, the team’s second-round pick. The Titans also have veterans Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kevin Walter and Damian Williams on the roster, along with Kendall Wright, the team’s first round pick from a year ago. Lavelle Hawkins, Marc Mariani and Michael Preston also will be in the fight, not to mention the other undrafted free agent receivers set to join the Titans.

Agent Josh Wright gave Watkins the same message he gives to all his undrafted free agents.

“I tell guys: It’s not where you start, it’s where you are the first weekend of September,’’ Wright said. “Dontel is not competing with the first-day picks for a job, and some of the established veterans. They all have a job.

“In year one, he’s competing with the other undrafted free agents and the later-round picks, and the guys on the practice squad last year. (Dontel) shouldn’t get stressed out about the guys at the top of the depth chart. He just needs to work hard and let the results take care of themselves.”