2016 NFL Draft Day: The Tennessee Titans are ready


All of the Mock Drafts are in for the 2016 NFL Draft, team boards are set and the football experts around the league have analyzed what will happen at 8 PM Eastern Time tonight in Chicago well into the nth degree!

We think that when the Los Angles Rams pulled the trigger on a trade with Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson for the right to make the first pick tonight, they did so with Cal quarterback Jared Goff in mind.

With the Titans now having the 15th pick, there is speculation that the Tennessee Titans may have to trade back into the top ten in order to get a blue chip tackle that can help protect Marcus Mariota.

Some Mocks have the Titans drafting Florida State CB/Safety Jalen Ramsey if he somehow falls in range, but Amy Adams Strunk has mandated that protecting the Titans young quarterback was job-one, and if that mandate was not heeded, some of the pristine heads could roll.

While Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil is still the top-rated offensive lineman on most of the experts lists, Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley and Michigan State’s Jack Conklin have gained some spots since the Combines and out of reach at 15.

Ohio State’s Taylor Decker is ranked as the 16th best player in this draft by Todd McShay at ESPN and even though most experts say the blue chip players are in the top 10, Decker would be fine player in Music City.

I think that after coming into this draft with the the number one overall pick, it would be  a shame if the Titans were unable to somehow get a player inside that top ten area. I would be surprised if Jon Robinson didn’t find a way to get back into the top ten without spending all of the picks he received in the deal with the Rams.

The one thing I know from watching this process for well over 40 years, is that there will be a surprise early in the draft tonight that will totally blow up most of the team boards and render most of the Mocks useless.

I think the three wild cards in the draft tonight are Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, Ole Miss pass rusher, Robert Nkemdiche and UCLA Linebacker Myles Jack.

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While most experts are projecting Lynch well into the second round, with both Jared Goff and North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz off the board with the first two picks, it’s a matter of which quarterback needy team will blink first and take a chance on the young project.

Someone could look past the character issues surrounding Nkemdiche and the question marks on the Jack’s knee and pull the trigger early in the draft.

Adding to these wild cards, Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd has moved up quickly on many lists this week, and is now inside the top ten.

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I think Titans’ GM Jon Robinson will play this draft like the game it is.

If the player he has his eye on falls, he will pass on a trade and if he thinks his guy is in  danger, he will move up to get him.

I personally like Michigan State Tackle Jack Conklin. Although he doesn’t have all of the skills of a Laremy Tunsil, I think he is more rugged and would make a terrific fit in Nashville this fall.

However it shakes out, I don’t see the Titans not getting a new face for the offensive line tonight.