It is safe to say the Titans trade nearly a week ago changed the Draft plans of at least one team not far behind them, the Cleveland Browns. With many league insiders hearing that the Rams will take California quarterback Jared Goff, the Browns decided to move back to No.8, not being sold on North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. Along with Eagles first-round pick this ear, Cleveland stockpiled compensation just as the Titans did, aiming to build holes of starters all across the board.
The timeliness of the two biggest trades in the Draft are key as well, as they enable both teams time to plan, solidify their respective draft boards, and make calls. Interest coming from Nashville this week has centered around Jon Robinson leaping back into the Top 10 at some point. The prospect the Titans are targeting in the Top 10 is unknown, although swirls of preferring offensive tackle Jack Conklin over Ronnie Stanley has been reported.
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Immediately after the trade, ESPN Cleveland’s Toni Grossi indicated that the Browns may not be done trading back as they sit at number eight. Cleveland is run by management who use analytics, and make decisions on value and careful calculation unlike most traditional football front offices.
An opening for the Titans to swap picks with the Browns to go to No.8 seems possible. Since grabbing tons of assets, the Titans could give the Browns a second-round pick this year and a third-round or fourth-round pick in 2017 to make the deal.
If Laremy Tunsil is available after the San Francisco 49er’s deliver the card at No.7, it would seem Tennessee would be significantly inclined to make the move. It would be a positioning effort that would get Titans a load of assets, the player (Tunsil) they would have most likely selected at No.1, and GM Jon Robinson a movie deal.
We are still more than a week away from Draft night, expect it to keep getting crazier!