The ink on the Philadelphia Eagles trade into the second spot in the 2016 NFL Draft wasn’t dry before the speculation started that Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson would be looking to move back into the top ten on draft night.
After all, Robinson cut his teeth while working with the draft master, Bill Belichick in New England, and has already put his stamp on this draft with the blockbuster deal he made with the Los Angles Rams last week.
Now that the other shoe has fallen and the Philadelphia Eagles have made a trade to move up to the second position which should guarantee that two quarterbacks will go with the first two selections, Robinson should have no problem maneuvering back into position to get a “Blue Chip” player.
With a mandate from Amy Adams Strunk that protecting Marcus Mariota in 2016 as being the top priority for the Titans, one has to think Robinson will need to trade back up far enough to get one of the premier offensive linemen in this draft.
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With Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil being considered the top offensive tackle in the draft, when he falls off the board will more than likely be the indicator as to how far Robinson will have to move up to get either Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley or Michigan State’s Jack Conklin.
A trade with the Cleveland Browns might be a possibility to move into the eighth spot.
If the Cleveland Browns are indeed still looking for a quarterback in the first round, they will not want to draft Paxton Lynch out of Memphis as high as eighth and should be looking to move down again with the idea that they could still get him later on Thursday night.
In their latest Mock Draft at NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis and Charley Casserly think the Titans can get either Ohio State tackle Taylor Decker(Jeremiah) or Jack Conklin(Davis, Casserly) by standing pat at fifteen.
I don’t think Tunsil, Stanley of Conklin will make it that far down the board so I like Todd McShay’s theory at ESPN the best.
Jon Robinson’s relationship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be where a trade-up is possible.
The Buccaneers who have the 9th pick have their eye on University of Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III to shore up their secondary, and McShay speculates that they could trade down to fifteen and still get their guy.
I don’t think Laremy Tunsil will make it past the San Diego Chargers or Baltimore Ravens, but either Stanley or Conklin will be there.
However it plays out, Jon Robinson played his hole card when he traded the number one pick and now is in the cat-bird seat for this draft.
He started the ball rolling and has turned this draft into one of the most exciting Draft nights in recent history.