The Titans are loaded with draft selections in the 2016 NFL Draft after a blockbuster trade with the Rams earlier this month. Picking at #15 and with three second round selections combined with two in the third round Tennessee has a lot of ammunition should they decide to move up (or down) in the draft to pick up more playmakers to make the team better in 2016.
We know that new Titans’ GM Jon Robinson loves to wheel and deal after trading for DeMarco Murray and looting the Rams draft this offseason. With six picks in the first 76 selections Tennessee has the ammunition to jump up to grab players that they like. The Titans have holes on the offensive line, secondary and receiver and will look to find some players who can contribute right away.
But who would be willing to trade back in the first round with Tennessee? Redskins’ GM Scot McCloughan has be open about his willingness to trade back and look for talent in the second and third rounds. If the Titans stay put at #15 and draft Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin they could put a package together to come back up into the late first round at #21 to get Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell if he’s still on the board. According to the Draft Calculator that Jimmy Johnson and the Cowboys used in the 90s it wouldn’t cost as much to a team like the Titans that have a lot of picks to play with.
According to the Calculator the Redskins #21 pick is worth 800 points. If the Titans offered up their first second round pick, #31 which is worth 600 points and their second pick in the third round, #76 which is worth 210 points. That gets them to 810 points which might entice Washington to move down and pick up two more picks. Tennessee would still have picks #43 and #45 in the second round as well as the first pick in the third round, #64.
Another potential trade partner could be the Bengals at #24 in the first round. With no compensatory picks in this years draft Cincinnati only has seven picks. Given that their roster is in pretty good shape Bengals GM Mike Brown may want to trade back to pick up more picks and listen to the Titans if they come calling. According to the Calculator the Bengals 24th pick is worth 740 points. After the trade with the Skins Tennessee still has some ammo left to go up again. The Titans’ 43rd picks in the second round is worth 470 and their first third round is worth 270. If Jon Robinson combined his second 2nd round pick and his first third round selection he could jump up and take Clemson DB Mackensie Alexander and still have a third 2nd round pick to draft the best player available to add depth to the roster.
If Jon Robinson could walk away from the draft with three rookie starters, Jack Conlin at right tackle, Laquon Treadwell at receiver, Mackensie Alexander at corner and then pick up someone like Boise State safety Darian Thompson, Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche or take a flyer on Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith the Titans could be contending for the playoffs in 2017.