NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Over the past several seasons, the top draft prospects in this year's NFL Draft made a case for themselves on the football field.
In recent months, the Titans have looked into players like Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil and Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa even closer, watching them at the NFL Combine, and attending pro days for all three players.
This week, things get even more serious.
All three players are scheduled to visit Saint Thomas Sports Park on pre-draft visits. Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner is also scheduled to visit with team officials in Nashville this week as well.
The Titans are scheduled to pick first overall in this year's NFL Draft, set to begin on April 28.
"It is a chance for us to have another exposure to those guys,'' Titans general manager Jon Robinson said. "It's a chance to get to know them a little but more. It doesn't take anything away from maybe the guys that aren't coming in here, but it's another opportunity for us to spend an extended amount of time with those guys."
Robinson, coach Mike Mularkey and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau were in attendance at Florida State's Pro Day last month, along with director of college scouting Blake Beddingfield and college scout Tim Ruskell.
Robinson, Mularkey, LeBeau and Beddingfield were joined by offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie, offensive line coach Russ Grimm, and Titans scout Jon Salge at Mississippi's pro day.
Robinson, Mularkey and others have spent a lot of time with Bosa as well, attending his pro day and also a private workout for him last month at Ohio State.
Buckner has also gotten the attention of the Titans, and many other NFL teams. Buckner was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year following a season when he racked up 10.5 sacks.
"I say we've gotten to know each of those guys at their respective pro days fairly well,'' Robinson said. "This is just another piece of the puzzle."