Con #2: Titans lose a 5th round pick
Nick Korte is the magician/statistician that predicts the compensatory picks extremely well, and he weighed in on what Beasley’s vacation could mean for the Titans.
Getting a pick for Marcus Mariota has some symbolic meaning to it that goes beyond the actual value of a 5th round pick, and it would be nice for the fan base to be compensated for their heartbreak with that whole situation.
Looking strictly at that pick, that means the Titans 2021 draft would look like this:
1st round pick
2nd round pick
3rd round pick
3rd round pick (Jack Conklin compensatory pick)
4th round pick
5th round pick
5th round pick (Mariota compensatory pick)
6th round pick (from Kansas City Chiefs trading for the pick that the Titans got for Jurrell Casey)
6th round pick
7th round pick
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10 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft would be outstanding because (again) the cap is dropping in 2021 and cheap rookie deals are a great way to avoid paying veterans around $4 million to be backups.
Also, just a reminder on how valuable those 3rd round picks and beyond have been for Jon Robinson, here are some players he has drafted or traded for with those picks.
2020: Ryan Tannehill (4th)
2019: David Long (6th), Nate Davis (3rd), Amani Hooker (4th)
2018: Dane Cruikshank (5th)
2017: Jayon Brown (5th), Jonnu Smith (3rd)
2016: Kevin Byard (3rd), Tajae Sharpe (5th)
If the compensatory picks can give the Titans two guys that fall somewhere in that spectrum, then losing Vic Beasley might be worth it.