New general manager Jon Robinson has a monumental task on his hands to rebuild the Tennessee Titans.
One key element to that is the fact that he has the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft with which to work.
At his introductory press conference on Monday, Robinson did not hesitate when asked if he would consider trading the first overall pick for a package picks and/or players that might help speed up the Titans’ rebuilding process.
“Sure. I can’t say with certainty that we are going to move the pick or that we’re not going to move the pick, but I think we’ll look at any and all offers that come this way and make a decision that’s best for the football team,” Robinson said. “If that means sticking and picking, then we’re going to stick and pick. If that means moving around and working the draft with trades, then that’s what we’ll do.”
Robinson has some recent experience with a No. 1 pick, as he was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel last year when the Bucs chose Jameis Winston first overall. That, ironically, left the Titans to take Marcus Mariota with the second pick. Mariota is now the cornerstone of the franchise that Robinson is charged with refurbishing after years of struggles.
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“That is big,” Robinson said of having Mariota on board. “I was kind of in this seat last year, and we vetted Marcus (Mariota) pretty good and it’s definitely very comforting knowing that you have that guy in place and just need to put some pieces around him both offensively, defensively and in the kicking game, so that the team has success.”
Robinson also has an extensive background with the New England Patriots and their way of doing things. That is something that should serve him well, as he says the Titans will look for their types of players in the draft and free agency, and that is something he will guide the scouting staff to look for as they evaluate prospects.
“We want tough players, we want coachable players, we want smart players and most importantly we want players with a team-first attitude,” Robinson said. “My role here is to insure we find those players. I will coach the personnel staff on the type of players that we want and identify the guys that are true fits of what we are looking for in a Titan.”