Tony Pauline reports Titans desire to trade down in 2020 NFL Draft

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From speculation to true rumors and information on the Tennessee Titans draft day desires.

I have speculated a lot about why everything points to the Tennessee Titans trading out of the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Today, Tony Pauline mentioned that the Titans were one of three teams in the draft that want to move out of round one.

Given the Titans’ lack of true need of starters outside of a cornerback, it makes sense that collecting more picks and adding depth to the roster would take priority if there wasn’t a great value at pick 29.

Here is what Pauline said about the Titans intentions:

"Most everyone wants their favorite team to trade down in Round 1 and collect extra selections. So who’s looking to trade out of the first round?As of now, I’m told the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers will shop their selections in the hopes of moving down. In the case of the Niners, I’m told they would prefer to move the 31st selection rather than the 13th pick.The Titans are interesting, as they have been often matched with offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson of Georgia, who many believe is a late first-round pick."

The last part is really interesting because to me, that reads like Pauline is suggesting that either the Titans don’t want to draft Wilson that high or that he doesn’t think that Wilson is going to be a first round pick and could be there in a trade down scenario.

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Whether or not Wilson is a fit for the Titans (or if he would even be exclusively a tackle instead of potentially starting out his career at right guard) is for another time, but the confirmation that the Titans are trying to trade down is significant.

People forget a lot of draft day deals are already agreed upon before the draft, and then when a team comes on the clock they can decide to lock in those terms and make a trade. There isn’t much negotiation on the actual day, so Pauline hearing this 8 days before the draft probably means that the Titans are confirming details between themselves and other teams.

Compensation will be important because Jon Robinson very rarely trades down, instead preferring to go get his guys. It will take a good deal to get Robinson to come off his spot and any move into the 2nd round should at least include a 2020 2nd round pick.

All eyes should be focused on this as a possibility and a likelihood heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.