When the Tennessee Titans hired Jon Robinson to be their general manager this offseason, no one knew what to expect. With this year’s draft now less than 24 hours away, we still have no clue what to expect.
And that’s a good thing.
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Robinson has been Batman’esque in his approach so far, doing most of his work behind a cloud of secrecy. The DeMarco Murray deal came out of nowhere, no one locally or nationally pegged Tennessee as a potential landing spot for him. In fact, no one knew that Philadelphia was even shopping Murray when the trade was announced.
In the days and weeks leading up to the Titans’ blockbuster trade with the Rams, most pundits had all but buried any talk of Tennessee actually finding a trade partner. The focus shifted to a two man race for the number one overall pick between Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey.
Both have since acknowledged that they too were surprised at the deal. Tunsil expressed his disappointment with no longer having a shot to be Marcus Mariota‘s blind side protector for years to come. Ramsey felt the sting of being passed over by the city he calls home.
To their credit, both seem to have taken their first experience with the business side of professional football in stride.
Tennessee now owns the 15th pick in the draft, and a plethora of poker chips disguised as additional second and third round picks.
Translation…Robinson could still be cooking up an additional surprise or two in his bat cave.
With said picks in their back pocket, it’s not out of the question for the Titans to package a few to move back into the top ten of the draft. With Los Angeles and Philadelphia taking quarterbacks with picks one and two, it’s conceivable that Tunsil (if not taken third by San Diego) could still sport a hat with the flaming T logo on it tomorrow night.
Not many people are discussing this scenario, but there is a real possibility that Tennessee could trade down if they are unable to find a willing partner in the top ten, especially if the player they have slated at 15 gets drafted before then. The additional pick(s) acquired by moving down would help the Titans build roster depth in the later rounds, while still getting a quality first round player.
Knowing what we know of Jon Robinson thus far, I would encourage Titans fans to not wait until pick 15 to tune in tomorrow night. You may have missed another twitter-braking move by Tennessee.