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Titans have options with No. 15 pick in NFL draft

Jon Robinson has made several big offseason moves, including the signing of running back DeMarco Murray. PHOTO COURTESY DONN JONES/TENNESSEE TITANS

After Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson pulled off the trade of the century, the franchise now finds itself in a great position heading into the 2016 NFL draft.

And that’s saying something considering that the Titans had the No. 1 overall pick before the trade with the Los Angeles Rams.

However, trading down to No. 15 now gives Robinson and company numerous options.

The Titans need to add players in the draft that can help Marcus Mariota. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

The Titans need to add players in the draft that can help Marcus Mariota. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

Let’s start with the option that presents itself at the moment: staying at that spot and selecting the best available player.

There would obviously still be plenty of value for the Titans at No. 15. As for what exact players will be left on the board, that’s impossible to know right now given the potential trades and selections that could take place before Tennessee finds itself on the clock.

But should things go according to plan and things fall about how we all expect them to, then there should be a couple of interesting choices for the Titans in that spot.

The first would be Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. He’s a player that would immediately bring a playmaking threat to the wide receiving core, and is one that would certainly give Marcus Mariota another weapon on the offense.

Speaking of surrounding Mariota with great talent, there’s also a second solid option in Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Conklin. The fact that Conklin isn’t being targeted higher up the draft board is somewhat baffling, as this guy seems to have exactly what you’re looking for in a quality lineman.

If the Titans are presented with both of those options at No. 15, it’s not going to be an easy choice for Robinson and company to make.

There are concerns about Treadwell’s speed, which is always going to be discussed when you’re talking about a wide receiver. As for Conklin, there’s little to dislike. He does indeed feel like the total package at tackle.

At least for right now, it does feel like there’s a better chance for Treadwell to be available at the Titans spot. Although Conklin may be somewhat undervalued, it’s still possible that one of the teams ahead of the Titans (let’s say the New York Giants or Chicago Bears) could snag him.

Which brings us to the next potential scenario for this Tennessee team: trade up and get who you want.

The Rams trade gave the Titans ammunition. They have the picks to move all over the place in this draft, so if they identify a player that they really want in the Top 10, they have enough trade pieces to move up several spots.

Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Conklin could be an intriguing choice for the Titans in the draft. PHOTO BY MATTHEW EMMONS/USA TODAY SPORTS

Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Conklin could be an intriguing choice for the Titans in the draft. PHOTO BY MATTHEW EMMONS/USA TODAY SPORTS

That’s where you could see a situation where the Titans want a player like Conklin or even Notre Dame offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley, and to get him, they send a pick elsewhere.

This is why the Rams trade was so significant. Robinson can essentially do anything he wants to get the player that he wants. That’s a great spot to be in when you’re in the NFL draft.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone if things change multiple times before the Titans do finally make their first round pick. You never know what other teams are thinking how that could affect the teams behind them.

But for the first time in quite a while, this franchise enters the draft in a spot that others envy.

The Titans have picks. They have leverage. And more importantly, they have momentum.

There’s no doubting the fact that this is a huge draft for this franchise. But if we’ve learned anything from Robinson’s tenure thus far as GM, it’s to expect the best.

And for fans of the Titans, that’s a weird feeling.