MOBILE, Ala. –** Titans general manager Jon Robinson sat in the stands at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Tuesday, the first day of practices for the Senior Bowl.
He watched the South team practice, and then the North.
But Robinson wasn't about to give away any secrets when asked what he's looking for here while leading up the NFL Draft.
"Good football players," Robinson said with a smile. "Offense, defense, kicking game. This is really our first exposure to many of these players in a one-on-one interview setting. You get to know their personalities, and see if they are going to fit with the culture of the locker room that we have there in Nashville, and see how they come out here and take to coaching and go out and execute."
The Titans finished 9-7 in 2017, and made it to the playoffs. The team beat the Chiefs in the Wild Card round, but then lost to the Patriots.
Just two days after the season, the Titans parted ways with Mike Mularkey, and then hired Mike Vrabel on Monday.
When looking back at the season, Robinson mentioned run defense as one of the team's strengths, and he said the secondary came together at the end of the season. He complimented the play of tight ends Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith, and the entire rookie class. He said the Titans need to continue to build.
Vrabel and Robinson have talked about the roster, but they're in the early stages.
"At the end of the day, we want big, fast, tough, smart guys," Robinson said. "We want guys that are team-first. And Mike and I are going to talk about each position … and specifics of each position."
Needs will be determined based off the performances of last season, and what happens in the coming months.
The Titans are scheduled to pick 25th in the NFL Draft, which is scheduled for the end of April. Free agency kicks off in March.
"We have some guys on our roster who are free agents, and we'll work through that," Robinson said. "We'll evaluate the free agent class – some guys will get signed before they hit free agency. We'll see how we attack free agency, and then we'll have the draft.
"We'll try and get as many good football players – get the best 53, get the right 53, for our football team."
Mike Vrabel is introduced as head coach of the Tennessee Titans (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)