INDIANAPOLIS – A year ago, armed with the No.1 pick in the NFL Draft, Titans general manager Jon Robinson said it would take a "king's ransom" to convince the team to trade it away.
Robinson ended up trading the pick to the Rams, of course, and right now the move looks like a dandy for the Titans.
Here on Wednesday at the NFL Combine, Robinson was asked about the possibility of making a trade in the first round of this year's draft as well. Let's just say he didn't rule it out.
"We'll see,'' Robinson said. "It's got to be a two-way street. We've got to have somebody that wants to move up to that spot. But like I said last year, we're open for business and willing to have discussions. We're just trying to put ourselves in position to improve the football team."
The Titans are currently scheduled to pick fifth overall (the pick from the Rams) and at No.18 in the first round of April's draft. The Titans don't have a second-round pick, which means the next pick wouldn't come until No.83 in the third round, when the team also has pick No.100 as a result of the trade with the Rams.
That's a long time to wait, Robinson acknowledged. In his first year as the team's general manager, Robinson orchestrated five trades, beginning with the move to land running back DeMarco Murray from the Eagles. After moving back to No.15 in the trade with the Rams, Robinson moved back up in the draft to land tackle Jack Conklin with the eighth overall pick.
"I'd like to have about 20 picks,'' Robinson said with a smile, "but it may be hard to get that. I think we'll just take every scenario like we did last year, and you really evaluate the player that is available to you there when you're on the clock. Obviously if you have kind of made a deal before you are on the clock, you move on that. If you think you can get the player a couple of picks later. … There's a lot of draft strategy that goes into the draft and positioning yourself to get the player that can have a meaningful impact to the football team and knowing your competition around the pick that you're at – either above you or behind you – and trying to get yourself in a position to improve the team."
Robinson said "it's a little early in the process" for trade discussions.
He said the most likely scenario is a trade would happen this year when the team is on the clock during the NFL Draft, if one transpires. The Titans are currently scheduled to make eight picks in the draft.
"You have those discussions potentially before the actual draft,'' Robinson said. "If this happens, or of that happens, would you consider doing this? So you at least have some framework in mind so that when you are under the gun and you have to make a decision, you have at least been able to think through it a little bit."
Titans GM Jon Robinson, head coach Mike Mularkey make their media rounds at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. (Photos: Gary Glenn)
TitansOnline.com looks back at some current and former Titans players taking part in the NFL Scouting Combine. (AP Photos)