There’s been a lot of debate in recent weeks/months about whether or not the Tennessee Titans will address their biggest positions of need in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft or if they’ll go with a best player available approach.
The debate can now end, thanks to recent comments from Titans general manager Jon Robinson.
From Titans Online:
“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 also acknowledged that the Titans could move out of the No. 19 slot, saying “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”.
I think this is the best approach the Titans could take. I’m never a fan of a team limiting itself to a certain position in the first round of the draft — especially if a team is picking outside of the top 10.
That’s mostly because I don’t think it’s wise for a team to fill a massive hole with a rookie. We’ve seen far too many “busts” from every NFL franchise to ever think a first round pick is a “sure thing”. Counting on a rookie to fill a big position of need is a disaster waiting to happen. There are certainly times when it works out, but more often than not, it doesn’t.
The best course Robinson can take is to grab the most talented player available when it’s the Titans’ turn to pick. And if there’s no one available that grades out high enough for the Titans, then they should trade down and load up on some more picks (or future picks).
It’s certainly possible that Tennessee could end up making a selection on draft day that comes across as confusing to fans. But Robinson has a plan and I think he’s built enough equity that fans should trust his judgement.
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