#3 Drafting S Kevin Byard
Jon Robinson has had some phenomenal draft picks in his Titans tenure so far, as mentioned before, but none of them stack up to the 2016 third round draft pick Kevin Byard. Byard was a home talent safety that played at Middle Tennessee State University on a small conference team.
Robinson swung for the ball-hawking safety who has turned out to be one of the best in the league. In 2017, Byard was named as a first-team All-Pro and led the league in interceptions. Byard has anchored the Titans secondary and been electric covering the middle of the field. Byard is arguably a top-3 corner in the NFL and the Titans got him with great value.
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The team was able to sign Byard to an extension last offseason, ensuring that he stays with the team long term. Robinson’s best pick in Byard has allowed the team to focus their energy elsewhere. After the team let long-time starter Michael Griffin go, the team was in dire need of someone to fill the hole. Byard has overperformed and given the Titans a staple in the secondary.
Robinson deserves credit here for scouting a local player and taking advantage of that. Byard was a phenomenal athlete in college but was overlooked due to the conference he played in. Picking Byard in the third round was a steal that many teams were just not aware of.
Robinson got immense value out of his first third round pick as it turned out to be his best draft pick to date.