Tennessee Titans: Jon Robinson’s best and worst draft decisions

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 31: Safety Kevin Byard
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 31: Safety Kevin Byard /
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Now that the Tennessee Titans’ season is over, it’s time to reflect on the teams’ best and worst decisions of the NFL Draft over the last couple of years.

We are a little less than two months away from the start of the new league year, an exciting time for NFL franchises and their fans because their team has a chance to make the necessary moves to possibly go on an eventual Super Bowl run.

As cliche as it is, every NFL team truly is a couple of great offseasons away from becoming a legitimate contender, or possibly even a champion.

The current NFC champions out of San Francisco are a living testament to that. From 2015-2018, the 49ers won a combined 17 games. Following a 4-12 season in 2018, they received the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft in which they selected Nick Bosa out of Ohio State, among other immediate contributors that were selected later on that weekend.

The 2019 49ers went on to become the last unbeaten team in the league and eventually finished 13-3, which was good enough to secure home-field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs.

With a Super Bowl victory on Sunday, they will have won 16 games during the 2019 season alone, one short of their total from the previous four years combined. And, not to mention, a Super Bowl title after picking in the top two last year.

The NFL Draft in particular is where you’re going to set your foundation and eventually make your breakthrough.

The Titans hired General Manager Jon Robinson back in 2016 and have been blessed with one of the best drafting general managers ever since.

Robinson has a knack for drafting well due to his experience as a former scout. Those years helped him develop a real eye for talent and his draft classes since his arrival are extremely evident of that.

His tenure as general manager hasn’t been perfect. He has missed on some picks in the past. However, the man known as J-Rob doesn’t need to bat a thousand to prove that he’s one of the best general managers in the league — his resume does that for him.

He took over a team that was 5-27 over a two-year span and turned them into a winning team the very next year, a playoff team the year after that, and then an AFC finalist two years after that.

This article is going to discuss some of the draft decisions the Titans made in order to make that drastic turnaround in such a short time. I will also cover some of the biggest draft blunders that the team had to overcome along the way.

With all that being said, in no particular order, lets go ahead and start discussing some of the key draft moves that eventually paved the way for a successful 2019 and beyond.