NASHVILLE – Titans General Manager Jon Robinson and Coach Mike Vrabel joined reporters on a pre-draft press conference on Zoom on Monday morning.
The NFL Draft will kick off on Thursday and run through Saturday.
Here's a look at some of the highlights.
Strengths of Draft
When speaking on the strengths of this year's draft, Robinson said the receiver class is deep.
"They come in all shapes and sizes," he said. "There's physical receivers, there's smaller, faster guys, there's the crafty route runner, there's guys that are good with the ball in their hands."
Robinson said there's depth on the offensive line and defensive line, and some good depth a running back. And there's length and size in the secondary as well, Robinson noted, with players who are versatile enough to play on the outside and on the inside.
Robinson said the Titans have identified some big guys on the offensive line who are capable of stepping in and helping early.
"We feel like we have some players identified that … we'll look to try and add to help the football team," Robinson said. "Those big guys, they are not walking around Walmart and Target -- they don't come around very often. I don't know if it is a unique year for that position group, but it's certainly a year where there's really good depth with good players at it."
The questions keep coming on free agent defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, who remains on the market.
Robinson said the Titans remain interested in the former Texans and Seahawks pass rusher, but indicated the team is also considering options in the draft.
"You have to have a couple of scenarios mapped out," Robinson said. "We haven't closed the door on anything (with Clowney), but we really haven't inched closer to having any finality to that either. He's obviously a good football player.
"I think where we're at, depending on who we pick, could potentially impact that. But I would say it doesn't close the door on it completely either – you don't ever close the door on potentially adding good football players to your team. So we'll just kind of take it how it goes and probably circle back with that one either here this week or next week after the draft is over."
What About Draft Trades?
The Titans are scheduled to pick 29th in the first round.
Overall, the Titans are currently scheduled to make seven selections: 29 (1st round), 61 (2nd), 93 (3rd), 174 (5th), 224 (7th), 237 (7th) and 243 (7th).
Robinson said the team is once again "open for business" regarding trades, and it didn't sound like he's opposed to moving of the first round to acquire more picks.
"The more picks you can have, the better," Robinson said. "We feel like we have enough ammunition draft-pick wise to make ourselves a better football team hopefully, but I think if you polled 31 other GMs and ask them if they could pick up another pick here or there, they would certainly entertain that. We'll see how things start to unfold here on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and as more picks potentially become available by trade we'll certainly entertain that."
"We've talked through different scenarios," Robinson added, "and as that manifests itself on the clock we'll work through it."
Robinson said the Titans were able to host 10 pre-draft visitors before the shutdown because of the coronavirus.
The team was not able to attend pro days and private workouts, and also unable to host a local pro day like previous years.
But the team has been able to hold virtual meetings with players.
"We're all kind of fishing in the same pond, for a lack of a better term," Robinson said. "But it's the cards we've been dealt, and we've been able to navigate it and feel good with where we're at."
Virtual Offseason Program
The Titans plan to start their virtual offseason program next Monday.
"We'll take it one day at a time, and try to focus on some positive learning," Vrabel said, "and really get our guys back up to speed on the things that we changed and the things that we'll continue to remain consistent at."
Vrabel said the team wants to share its message through the classroom virtually.
Vrabel said the team will be able to provide players with equipment, if needed.
"My intent is not to rush," Vrabel said. "It's to teach and make sure each and every guy is going to improve in their learning and their understanding of our offense or our defense or our special teams when we get done with this.
"And when they tell us that we can come back in (the building), we'll evaluate where they are physically and mentally and see when we can practice."
Vrabel added it is "really critical that our players stay self-motivated."
"I believe that is going to be the core to this team's success right now -- that we are self-motivated and we are building a routine and that when we are going to the meetings next week, the voluntary phase, that players are engaged if they choose to be there, learning," he said. "And that our coaches are going to be great teachers during that phase."
Back-Up Running Back?
The Titans have running back Derrick Henry under contract for 2020, but the team would like to find a back-up running back to add to the mix.
Right now, Dalyn Dawkins and Shaun Wilson, along with running back/fullback Khari Blasingame are the only other running backs on the roster.
"(We'd like) a player that can come in and play all three downs, and could really help in the kicking game," Vrabel said. "Somebody that can come in and be able to protect.
"Jon and I have been able to put together a group of guys that we feel like can do that in different areas of this draft. So, we're obviously going to have to continue to look at that position to be able to give Derrick some help as the season goes on."
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