What is on the horizon for the Tennessee Titans?
Jon Robinson has done an excellent job making the Tennessee Titans legitimate playoff contenders in just 16 months. So, what should he do next?
Now that he is comfortable and he has really filled the major holes in this roster, I believe that Jon Robinson should take a peak forward int the 2018 NFL Draft.
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Inevitably scouts have already started looking at prospects for the next draft and have notes scrawled out from players that stood out but who weren’t eligible. Or, some that were eligible but who decided to return to school.
I don’t have many of those notes because I tried to focus on specific players and my eye isn’t good to notice all 22 players. Now sure, guys like Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson, Saquon Barkley, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Arden Key, and Courtland Sutton have my attention but I don’t know where the class is deep yet.
Enter Matt Miller who tweeted out something interesting today:
Alright, so it looks like the NFL will be getting a much needed influx of OTs. That is great after the premium was put on them last season right? Here is where Jon Robinson comes into play, because a smart GM would notice this and maximize his surplus at OT before the value on those OTs goes down right?
In case you missed it the Tennessee Titans drafted a player named Brad Seaton near the end of the draft. He is an offensive tackle from Villanova. Here is what Lance Zierline said about Seaton:
“There are a handful of very tall tackles with good athleticism in this draft, but most of the others lack a functional anchor to hold up against power. Seaton isn’t a power player, but he appears to have enough natural core strength to project as a swing tackle best-suited to the right side. His ability to operate on the move could appeal to zone running teams.”
Notice that phrase “swing tackle”. The Tennessee have one of those right now in Dennis Kelly. At 6’9, I imagine that Seaton isn’t going to push for a center or guard job. It also doesn’t make sense for him just to be a camp body.
So why draft him? Well, I imagine Trader Jon has a play that he may attempt to pull off.
What if Seaton is a nice fit as a swing tackle and the Tennessee Titans feel comfortable playing him in that role? What about Dennis Kelly? I imagine that the Tennessee Titans would try to trade him.
A team like the Chicago Bears who were forced to ignore offensive tackle, and now they are stuck with Charles Leno and Bobby Massie, which is not the best pair. What they do have is some decent cornerbacks.
The Tennessee Titans have three CBs that they should believe in: Logan Ryan, Adoree Jackson and LeShaun Sims. After that, there is a lot to be desired.
Chicago has Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller, Marcus Cooper, Cre’von LeBlanc, Bryce Callahan, and B.W. Webb all of which played nearly 500 or more snaps for them last year. On top of that, they have a player named Deiondre Hall who could be really interesting to the Titans.
Hall didn’t play much in year one, but he has really long arms and on his 6’2 frame that means he can affect a lot of passes.
Jon Robinson is always looking to wheel and deal, and this move could make the Tennessee Titans deeper and more talented. Not only that, but with Kelly nearly a free agent they could also get a cheaper player by adding a late round rookie to play swing tackle.
That is a win-win, and it makes sense for both teams. If Jon Robinson and the Tennessee Titans are really going to start playing chess like the New England Patriots, this could be a key move this offseason to get better.