Titans 2016 NFL Draft Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding No. 1 Pick

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Titans 2016 NFL Draft Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding No. 1 Pick
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The Tennessee Titans hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and they're exploring all options, including potentially trading the pick.

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Multiple Teams Interested in Top Pick

Friday, April 8

DraftInsider.net reported the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers have all reached out about the No. 1 pick.

Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated reported on March 25 that the Cleveland Browns, Eagles and Los Angeles Rams are all interested in trading up for the No. 1 overall pick.  


Teams Reportedly Only Willing to Trade Up for QBs

Thursday, April 7

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report shared what he was hearing regarding interest in the Titans' pick:


Robinson Comments on Trade Talks

Thursday, April 7

John Glennon of the Tennessean shared Titans general manager Jon Robinson's latest comments regarding trade talks involving the top selection in the draft:

I would say that with each day we inch closer to the draft, the discussions probably become a little bit more serious, if you will. That’s something we’re going back and forth with. Do we stay put with where we’re at, or do we really entertain the thought of moving?

I would say the interest has increased some. I wouldn’t say there are 31 teams calling, but there are certainly teams that have interest in moving up.

"If it's stick and pick at one if a trade doesn't work, (fine)," Robinson said on March 28, per the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "If we can move down and acquire picks, we'll do that."

Robinson talked on March 22 about his team's willingness to trade the top pick, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:

We’d be open to moving the pick. I think the statement I made the other day maybe got taken out of context a little bit with "king's ransom." ... The question was what would it take to move way back in the draft, which would take a lot of picks...I think some heard that I wasn’t open to moving, or we weren’t open to moving the pick, which is not true.

On March 19, Robinson spoke about what it would take for a team to trade up to the No. 1 overall pick, per Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com:

There is a group of players that are at the top of the draft, that, you don't want to move back too far cause you can miss out on one of those guys, and if you do move back that far you want to make sure that you have a king's ransom, for lack of a better term, to move that far. I would say that for us to move out of that pick, it's going to take a substantial amount of picks to do that.

The Titans have a slew of draft needs, but quarterback is not one of them after selecting Marcus Mariota No. 2 overall in 2015.

Robinson said he's considering all options while describing the draft as a "poker game" of sorts, per Jim Wyatt of the team's official website:

Some guy told me the other day, "We need to take player X." I kind of laughed and said, "They’re all under consideration at this point." I think they kind of understand the poker game that goes with it. ...

I look at it much like a game plan. Coach [Mike] Mularkey and his staff, they put a game plan together and whatever they think is best for us as a team to win a football game … and they follow that plan. That is kind of where I'm attaking everything into account and we’re going to put a game plan together based on the options that we have that we think are best for the team.


49ers Considering Trading Up

Monday, April 4

Cole reported the 49ers have had "brief conversations" with the Titans about acquiring the No. 1 overall pick:

Klemko reported on March 24 that the 49ers were among several teams interested in trading up.


King Weighs In on Titans' Outlook

Monday, April 4

"The Titans have received significant interest in the pick. I believe it is now 50-50 whether Tennessee will trade it or keep it," noted Peter King of The MMQB.


Titans Exploring Trade Options

Wednesday, March 16

Terry McCormick of TitansInsider.com reported, per a league source, that the Titans are shopping the No. 1 pick and seeking trade partners.

On Feb. 15, Robinson indicated the Titans had already been involved in trade discussions, per Wyatt:

"I've had a couple of conversations here and there. I think it is really more kind of exploratory at this point. 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."


Protecting Mariota Among Titans' Various Needs

The offensive line is chief among Tennessee's needs, as Mariota took a beating last year with 38 sacks and was eventually shut down after Week 15.

Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil is considered among the top prizes in this year’s class and would firmly fill the Titans' gaping need. The 21-year-old is widely considered a top-five pick, though, meaning the Titans wouldn’t be able to trade down far if they hope to snag him.

But other viable options, such as Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley and Michigan State's Jack Conklin, would still likely be available at offensive tackle if the Titans traded down further.

Tennessee also has needs throughout its secondary and at running back to free up the offense for Mariota.

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein offered a detailed analysis on the team’s needs:

The Titans look like they were able to hit with their selection of Marcus Mariota, but the best way to help him build his confidence and grow as a quarterback is to make sure he is surrounded with a balanced attack and quality tackle play to keep him protected. The Titans need a lead running back and bell-cow offensive tackle in the worst way. Veteran safety Michael Griffin is a prime candidate to become a cap casualty, so that position will need to be addressed.

Even in Robinson's first draft, there will be pressure on him to make the most of the top pick, as the Titans expect a quick turnaround after last year’s 3-13 campaign. The team fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt in 2015 just 23 games into his tenure and then promoted Mularkey this offseason with high expectations.

Playing in the weak AFC South with who they believe to be their franchise quarterback, the Titans are hoping an active offseason can steer them in a winning direction next year—and their top pick will have a hand in deciding their fate.

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