Using history to predict Tennessee Titans first-round selection

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Titans GM Jon Robinson
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Here’s what that means if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan

Sure, more often than not, Robinson’s early picks have come from what’s considered to be the best conference in terms of finding NFL talent, the SEC. Robinson’s last three first-round picks (Rashaan Evans, Jeffery Simmons, and Isaiah Wilson) all played there prior to joining the Tennessee Titans, representing Alabama, Mississippi State, and Georgia respectively.

From those last three picks alone, we can also start to see the types of positions that Robinson prioritizes, as well as his preference on where he stands in the ‘draft for need or draft for talent’ debate.

Four of Robinson’s six first-round picks, the last three, and Jack Conklin in 2016, either played in the offensive trenches or in the defensive front seven. Davis and Adoree Jackson, the two first-round selections in 2017, are the only exceptions. Excluding them, Robinson has shown a desire for saving the skill positions and secondary players for Day 2 of the draft and on Day 3.

In his time with Tennessee, Robinson has selected a total of four wide receivers, three running backs, seven members of the defensive secondary, and a tight end. Davis and Jackson are the only two that were taken in the first round.

Clearly, Robinson isn’t entirely averse to drafting skill guys on Day 1, but he’s shown through five different draft classes that he has no issues making the more practical pick if he believes the fit is good, and it addresses a team need.