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From the NFL Owners Meetings: Titans GM Ran Carthon Says "Everything is on the Table" at No.7 in NFL Draft


ORLANDO – Ran Carthon knows what folks are thinking.

The Titans, after landing a number of players at key positions early in free agency, appear to be in a pretty good spot with the NFL Draft now just a month away.

With quarterbacks and receivers projected to go early, the Titans could have their pick of the top tackles when they're on the clock, currently holding the seventh overall pick.

So, the pick has to be a tackle, right?

Not so fast, the Titans General Manager said from the NFL owners meetings.

"Everything is still on the table," Carthon said. "This tackle class is really deep, so there are going to be valuable guys throughout the draft."

Most mock drafts have the Titans selecting Notre Dame tackle Joe Alt at No.7.

But, what if one of the dynamic receivers falls past pick 6? Or, what about an impact player on defense?

Carthon won't tip his hand, no matter who is asking.

"It is so funny, everybody has all these speculations about what we could and could not do," Carthon said with a smile. "Even my 16-year-old daughter texted me the other day: Hey, are we taking this tackle that everybody has us taking? She is now looking at the mocks and asking what will happen.

"So, it is going to be interesting. We'll see where we are. But everything is on the table."

Carthon thinks the Titans are in a good spot at 7.

Sticking and picking, and moving back to get more picks, are among the possibilities.

The Titans currently have eight picks in this year's draft.

"Everything is on the table with where we are," Carthon said. "You can say you want to trade out, but in order to trade, you need a partner. So, we'll see where we are."

Carthon said teams are currently in the "nosy period" as it relates to trade talks, feeling each other out.

He said the Titans haven't had any serious discussions about a trade with anyone.

With the NFL owners meetings scheduled to wrap up Tuesday, Carthon said he plans to head straight to LSU for the school's Pro Day on Wednesday.

Carthon went to Alabama's Pro Day last week, but he canceled his trip to Georgia's Pro Day because the team was involved in negotiations with receiver Calvin Ridley, a player the team ultimately signed.

"It was one of those situations where you couldn't be away," Carthon said of the Ridley talks, and Georgia's Pro Day. "We couldn't risk being in the air and miss that opportunity."

After adding eight free agents already, and reportedly acquiring another via trade, Carthon said he's looking forward to what's next.

"That's the focus now, turning the attention to the draft," Carthon said. "We've done so much work on the front end that you are more than prepared. Now it's just understanding the landscape and making sure we see and know as many of these players as possible."

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