As the guy who controls the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, Titans General Manager Jon Robinson is having plenty of conversations about it.
Many of them are with fans offering opinions, but he also admitted some early talks about what he might do with the top spot.
“I’ve had a couple of conversations here and there. I think it is really more kind of exploratory at this point,’’ Robinson said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website. “As we get a little bit closer, a little bit more through the process with the combine and interviews and pro days, I expect there will be a few more exploratory calls, and there may not be. We’ll see.”
In addition to the top pick, the Titans are also sitting on the 33rd and 64th choices, valuable real estate for a team coming off a 3-13 season with needs in many places other than quarterback.
In fact, their lack of need at quarterback could make the pick even more valuable, since the Browns are making no secret of the fact the second spot will likely be used on one.
So Robinson went through a round of meetings with his new scouts, to get an early read on the players the Titans may consider, and decisions that go beyond players.
“It was a very productive week,” Robinson said. “We had a lot of good discussions back and forth, did a couple of projects where we watched film and made some comparisons. I try to some thought-provoking, brief mini-seminars if you will, to try and not only talk about players but get a gauge on the staff as evaluators, because I am evaluating those guys as well.”
Building the Titans back into a contender is going to be a process that takes some time. But if they can parlay the top pick into a few added parts, it might be in their best interest in the long term.