NASHVILLE – Titans General Manager Jon Robinson was part of a pre-draft press conference on Monday at Saint Thomas Sports Park, three days before this week's NFL Draft.
Robinson started off the 30-minute presser extending his condolences to the family and friends of former University of Tennessee running back Reggie Cobb, who passed away over the weekend. Cobb was a scout for the San Francisco 49ers, and Robinson said he got to know him over the years.
Here's a look at some of the hot topics from Robinson as the Titans, who are scheduled to pick No.19 in the first round, make their final preparations for later this week:
On whether the team is more likely to move up, move back, or stick and pick
"TBD. … Being further back in the round, it is tough to really manifest any type of trade stuff now. You can certainly have some preliminary discussions with teams, "Hey, 'If Player A is on the board when you are on (the clock), we want in, we want to come up.' Or, I might have a call to some teams and say, 'Hey, 'If this player is on the board when you are on (the clock), are you looking to move, or are you looking to pick?' All of those discussions are pretty fluid and they really don't heat up until the round starts."
On the desire to have more draft picks (the Titans currently have six after making four picks in 2018)
"Would love to have more draft picks. So we'll see how that goes. We felt last year that we made some decisions to put ourselves in a position to add those guys that we ended up with (Rashaan Evans, Harold Landry, Dane Cruikshank and Luke Falk), and you just see how it unfolds on draft night, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the value of the player versus the value of a potential trade that might come up and then make that determination."
On whether the team will take the "Best Player Available" at 19
"I think we're going to do what's best for the team. … We are going to continue to try to add guys to the team that we feel like can help us."
On how much the Titans are looking to help QB Marcus Mariota in this year's draft
"I think every draft you are trying to help the team. There's 11 on offense, 11 on defense and we can put 11 at a time out there in the kicking game. We are trying to add players to help the team. Marcus is an important team, so I think that is our charge – to do our due diligence and get to know our prospects and evaluate them … and see if they're going to come in here and help the Tennessee Titans."
On how strengths of the draft match up with the team's needs
"I think there's a lot of good football players at a lot of different positions in this draft. There's obviously some premium players that are going to go really high, but I think the depth of the draft, whether it's in the second, third, fourth, fifth round … it really doesn't matter how you get here. What matters is what you do once you get here. We feel like the draft board is in pretty good shape, and we'll see how it unfolds this week."
On depth at defensive line and edge rusher
"It is a pretty deep crop there, at that position group specifically. How quickly they come off the board and how long they last, I guess the beauty is in the eye of the beholder there. If you are looking at one of those players versus a player at another position, you have to make that determination – well, if I pass on this player and I don't have a pick until the next round, am I going to be able to weather the storm of 30, 35 picks, whatever it might be? It is a good group and it's a fun group to watch."
On the large number of Nashville-area prospects expected to be drafted over the weekend
"We had several in for our local day, and I think it is a testament to the high school football here in the state of Tennessee, and the staffs that prepared these young men to go into college and to be good in the classroom and excel on the football field. Being a Tennessee guy myself, to be drafted here, to whatever team you get drafted to in your home state, that is pretty cool. Again, I think that is a testament to the high school football being played in this state."
Check out some early sights from downtown Nashville, where the 2019 NFL Draft takes place this week (April 25-27) in Music City. (Photos: Gary Glenn)