Best Pick: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama (Round 2, Pick 45)
Worst Pick: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson (Round 2, Pick 33)
The Titans managed to snag one of the NFL’s best running backs and one of the best safeties in the same 2016 draft class– not a bad way for Robinson to start his tenure as the Tennessee GM.
Not only did Robinson turn in two of his 2016 draft cards for Derrick Henry and Kevin Byard, but he also managed to do so without using a first-round pick on either the 2019 rushing leader or the 2017 first-team all-pro safety.
That first-round pick didn’t turn out so shabby, either. After trading down from the number one pick to 15th, and then trading back up to eight, the aggressive draft-day moves from Robinson landed the Titans Jack Conklin.
Conklin has not always been the consistently dominant force on the right side of the offensive line that landed him on the All-Pro team in his rookie season, but when he’s been healthy, the first-round pick has been one of the better right tackles in the NFL.
Of course, Robinson didn’t come away from his first Titans draft batting 1.000. As has been a theme with Tennessee since Robinson was put in charge, the draft day hits far outweigh the misses, but this 2016 class isn’t without its fair share of stumbles.
At this point in his career, using a high-second round pick on defensive tackle Austin Johnson looks like a bit of a reach. The Penn State product started just one game in 2019 and hasn’t had more than 24 tackles in a season. The sixth-round guard Sebastian Tretola didn’t have much staying power in the NFL and is now playing for the Houston Roughnecks at the XFL level.
And of course, there’s Kevin Dodd. The 33rd overall pick that to this day stands as Robinson’s biggest draft miss. Dodd played two seasons for the Titans, recorded one sack, and found his way out of the league.
But on the bright side, Robinson’s draft hits kept hitting after year one, and his misses got much more forgivable.