What Will Titans GM Jon Robinson Do With the 29th Pick of the NFL Draft? A Pair of Former NFL Personnel Men Have Different Ideas


NASHVILLE – Jon Robinson took over as general manager of the Tennessee Titans in 2016, and in the four football seasons since the team has gone 9-7 each year.

An appearance in the AFC Championship Game capped off the 2019 season.

On a conference call on Tuesday, a pair of former NFL personnel men agreed Robinson has done a nice job building the Titans into a contender.

But they disagreed on what they think he'll do in next week's NFL Draft.

"I think the team of Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel and the whole organization has done a very solid job," said Gil Brandt, who was the Vice President of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1989. "I think the Titans have really done an outstanding job and (Jon) is to be commended."

Mark Dominik, who worked in a front office role in the NFL for 20 seasons, 19 of them with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, agreed.

"I think Jon has done a very good job," Dominik said. "(He's coming off) a very impressive year."

The SIRIUSXM NFL Radio analysts think Robinson will do something different with the 29th overall pick in the first round of next week's NFL Draft, however.

Brandt believes the Titans, after losing right tackle Jack Conklin in free agency to the Browns, will address the offensive line, even after re-signing tackle Dennis Kelly and signing former Falcons lineman Ty Sambrailo to a one-year deal.

Plenty of mock draft experts agree with Brandt, who hosts "Late Hits" weeknights on SiriusXM NFL Radio. In the most recent mock draft roundup conducted by tennesseetitans.com, 14 of 40-plus mock drafts have the Titans taking an offensive linemen first.

"I would think, after losing your right tackle this year," Brandt said, "I would think a position probably that would help them the most would be an offensive tackle."

Dominik, however, is thinking defense.

And after discussing a number of positions, he concluded the cornerback spot makes the most sense for the Titans right out of the gate, considering the lack of depth behind Malcolm Butler and Adoree' Jackson.

Dominik, who hosts "The SiriusXM Blitz" Friday afternoons on SiriusXM NFL Radio, served as a pro personnel assistant and scout with the Buccaneers before taking over as the team's Director of Scouting, and ultimately as the franchise's General Manager.

"When I look at the Titans at 29, I am thinking linebacker might be a spot," Dominik said. "I know Harold Landry came on last year and played well, and I know they added Vic Beasley. Jayon Brown is (good), and David Long came in and played well. But I think some more speed at linebacker would be a spot where I would expect them to pick.

"And I would also think that they would go corner, just to give them more depth. As you know in the NFL, three receivers is the norm, and with Adoree' out there and Malcolm out there, I just think they are going to want more depth at that position. I think that might be a really good spot for a couple of these corners that could be on the board still at that moment. I would lean towards defense and I would lean towards actually corner as to where I think they would actually go with that pick."

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