Titans GM Jon Robinson on Potential Draft Day Trade: "All Bets Are Off"


NASHVILLE – It was a productive March for the Titans in free agency, as the team added several players who should make an impact in 2019.

The calendar has now flipped to April, and Titans General Manager Jon Robinson has his sights set on the upcoming NFL Draft.

"I think most of the attention is on to the draft now," Robinson said at the NFL owners meetings last week. "We're still having some conversations with a couple of guys (in free agency) here over the next few weeks, and we'll see if any of that comes to fruition.

"But Pro Days are on the calendar as well as our 30-visit guys. We've had some of those guys in already and the other guys will come in over the next couple of weeks."

The Titans added defensive end Cameron Wake, guard Rodger Saffold and receiver Adam Humphries in free agency, and the team traded for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who will back up Marcus Mariota.

The team still has some positions in question, however, including on the interior line, where guard Josh Kline was released, and guard Quinton Spain hasn't been re-signed. The team remains thin at edge rusher, and young at receiver. Help on the defensive line is likely coming as well.

Robinson acknowledged the Titans have a number of positions of need, and he said nothing is off the table as far as how free agency has potentially impacted the draft.

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"I think any time you can continue to create competition, and add depth to the football team ...," Robinson said. "We lost some guys off last year's team. Not to pigeon-hole us into any particular positions, but we are still looking for good football players at a lot of different spots who can kind of come in and compete."

The Titans are scheduled to pick at No.19 in the first round. The team is scheduled to make six picks total.

The NFL Draft is set for April 25-27 in Nashville.

"We'll be sitting there for a while and there will be 18 guys gone if we stay at 19," Robinson said. "I would say there's not any positions that we've really struck off our draft board as, 'We're not going to address that position.' I think we're going to see how it unfolds on those nights and when we have a chance to help our football team, regardless of position, we're going to go after it."

Robinson, head coach Mike Vrabel, and members of the team's scouting and coaching staffs have all made the rounds in the pre-draft process.

Robinson attended Pro Days at Alabama, Georgia, and Vanderbilt, among others, in March. He had a trip scheduled in the state of Texas on the heels of the owners meetings. He's also attended a few private workouts, and the team has already hosted roughly 10 of their allowed 30 pre-draft visits at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

So, what are the chances the Titans make a draft day trade in the first round?

"To be determined," Robinson said. "I'd say all bets are off as far as what I am going to do, what we're going to do. At the end of the day we're going to do what's best for our football team and whether that is move up, move back, or stick and pick we'll just kind of see how the cards unfold for us."

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