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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Kevin Dodd Debacle 

There is no denying that Titans general manager is not perfect. He too has shown he is human by having his fair share of draft blunders since taking over in 2016. However, his hit rate far outweighs his miss rate, therefore you can live with the occasional whiff.

There has been no bigger swing and miss during Robinson’s tenure than when he selected Kevin Dodd with the No. 33 pick in the 2016 draft. The former college standout was perceived by many as a player on the rise after his fantastic final year at Clemson where he finished with 12.5 sacks.

That was never the case in Tennessee, unfortunately, as he became someone who failed to really do anything impactful during his tenure as a Titan. Dodd even went AWOL on the team by failing to report to training camp prior to the 2018 season, which ultimately led to his release from the team. He finished his career with just 12 tackles and one sack.

To add salt to the wound, some of the players that were selected after Dodd included wide receiver Michael Thomas, linebacker Jaylon Smith, defensive tackle Chris Jones, cornerback Xavien Howard, tight end Hunter Henry, defensive end Myles Jack, and linebacker Deion Jones, to name a few.

Those are all players who could have impacted Tennessee in one way or another. However, every general manager is going to miss on picks. The key is to be right more often than not and that is something that we can all comfortably say Robinson has done.