Things are getting crazy in Nashville. There are rumblings that several teams have called up new Titans GM Jon Robinson to see what it would take to get to the top of the draft to take Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. Cleveland at #2 will likely take one of the two top rated quarterbacks and if someone has fallen in love with one or the other they will have to deal with Tennesse to leapfrog the Browns and get the first pick.
Several teams have emerged as likely trade partners with the Titans, the Eagles and Rams. Philadelphia is picking at #8 and are in a good spot for Tennessee to trade down and still get a playmaker in the top ten. Unfortunately for Philly they don’t have a second round pick but they do have two selections in the third round picks #77 and #79.
The Rams are picking at #15 and will require a lot of extra picks/players to get up to the first pick. Fortunately for Los Angeles they have two second round picks, #43 and #45 to play with if they wanted to entice the Titans to drop 14 spots in the draft.
Yesterday former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah tweeted that Philadelphia would draft Carson Wentz with the first pick.
Bonus mock draft just for Twitter
1) PHI Wentz
2) CLE Jack
3) SD Tunsil
4) DAL Ramsey
5) JAX Bosa
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 8, 2016
Jeremiah may or may not have inside knowledge of the Eagles war room but he used to work for the franchise and even interviewed for the team’s player personnel head position a few month ago.
If Tennessee wanted to trade down and take the Eagle’s first round pick this year, two third round selections and a first round in 2017 and 2018 I think there could be something brewing. Philadelphia even has two fifth round picks they could throw in too. It all depends on the Titans’ front office mindset. Are they looking to contend this year or are they thinking longterm?
If they are playing the long game taking the Eagles next two #1 picks could work out well. Next year Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and Deshaun Watson will all likely be top prospects that Tennessee could have a shot at with two selections in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Or they could have an extra pick to shop to pick up more picks to keep building the franchise back up.
With three third round picks this year Tennessee could package them together to jump back up into the second round and pick a guy Robert Nkemdiche who has been tumbling down draft boards. Or add a second round to the two of the third round picks and try to jump back up into the mid-first round and get A’Shawn Robinson or Shaq Lawson.
Third round picks aren’t the most valuable in the draft but if Tennessee has three of them plus the second pick in the 2nd round to package together in a trade they have the power to jump up and make things happen in the draft and get a difference maker for their team.
If the Titans can come away with two blue chip prospects to start on opening day their draft could be considered a success. And if they have an extra pick the next two years at the expense of Philadelphia that’s just gravy on top.
There are still three more weeks until Roger Goodell steps to the podium and announces the first pick. A lot could change but the Titans have a lot of leverage and I look for them to trade back with another team to get more picks and possibly trade back up into the first or second round to build their roster.