Sorting through some Tennessee Titans draft visits to figure out the plan.
Jon Robinson is anything but predictable and he proved that in the 2019 NFL Draft going against his pattern of plug-and-play starters in favor of best player available.
However, one thing that is consistent with Jon Robinson (and most GMs) is that if he is going to invest a top-100 pick in a player he wants to make sure they check as many of his boxes as they can.
For someone like Robinson who is very interested in character and locker room impact, that means that you have to talk with a player, usually more than once. It doesn’t mean that a good impression won’t go a long way, but the Tennessee Titans GM wants to leave no stone unturned.
A huge part of that process is private visits, but with COVID-19 the NFL has shut down private visits between teams and players. Instead, they are required to list the time they spend video conferencing with each prospect.
If I could suggest Twitter account to follow to find the latest on this, it would be Justin Melo who frequently posts tweets like this:
Using information that is mostly from him with some other scattered reports, you can see that the Titans are visiting with a lot of running backs. Obviously that makes sense considering the need for depth and/or a potential future starter behind Derrick Henry.
Specifically, these are the running backs who have received interest from the Titans along with the likely draft grade they carry:
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J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State: Top-40
D’Andre Swift, UGA: Top-40
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU: 2nd
Cam Akers, FSU: 3rd
Zach Moss, Utah: 4th
Eno Benjamin, Arizona State: 5th
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt: 5th
A.J. Dillon, Boston College: 5th
Anthony McFarland, Maryland: 6th
If I had to guess, I would say that the Tennessee Titans are set on taking the best player from the top-3 names on this list with their second round pick and the rest are fallback options in case there is a run on RBs that prevents them from taking a shot.
Could the Titans decide to take and EDGE, CB or WR in the 2nd round? Sure, given that the Titans don’t place a premium on running backs, it sure looks like they are trying to recreate the Derrick Henry pick they made in the 2nd round years ago.
I don’t know if I value RB that high, but the fact is that the Titans showed that taking a BPA running back late in the second is something that they feel comfortable doing. Could the 2020 NFL Draft repeat that value pick?