Titans Reportedly Willing to Trade No. 5 Overall Pick in 2017 NFL Draft

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2017

Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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The Tennessee Titans have made the No. 5 overall pick in April's NFL draft available for trade. 

Speaking to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Titans general manager Jon Robinson explained his team will entertain offers should they come in on draft night. 

"It's got to be a two-way street, we've got to have somebody that wants to move up to that spot, but like I said last year, we're open for business," he said, according to ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Titans boss also revealed that if a deal does materialize, it will likely be in the heat of the moment on draft night. 

"There’s going to be four players off the board before a team picks," he said, per the Tennessean's Jason Wolf. "We’ll see kind of as the process goes along. Some of those conversations might intensify. But for now, I think it’s a little bit early considering we’re not really in the driver’s seat in this draft."

Robinson, of course, is no stranger to wheeling and dealing during draft season. 

Last April, Robinson pulled the trigger on a mammoth deal when he shipped the No. 1 overall pick—which later became quarterback Jared Goff—to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for four picks in that draft (including No. 15 overall) along with the Rams' 2017 first- and third-round selections. 

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By virtue of that deal, the Titans now own eight picks in this year's draft—including two in the first round. Beyond the Rams' selection at No. 5 overall, the Titans will also pick 18th overall in Round 1 after they finished the regular season 9-7. 

Thanks to that treasure trove of picks, the Titans have more flexibility if they want to move down and add even more selections to their stockpile. 

"I’d love to have about 20 picks", Robinson said, per Wolf. "But it may be hard to get that. I think we’ll just take every scenario like we did last year, and you really evaluate the player that’s available to you there when you’re on the clock."

But even if the Titans aren't able to pull off a deal at the last minute, they will be well-positioned to improve on draft night. 

The Titans need to address glaring needs in the secondary and at wide receiver in the offseason, and a loaded 2017 draft class should allow them to add a pair of dynamite playmakers if they stand pat. 


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