As the 2016 NFL draft inches closer and closer, there’s a question that is getting more and more significant.
Will the Tennessee Titans trade out of the top overall pick in the draft?
Unfortunately, none of us know for sure. This type of speculation happens every single season when it comes to the franchise that picks first.
And now that the Titans are in that spot, the rumors will continue to swirl right up until NFL commissioner Roger Goodell officially puts them on the clock on April 28 in Chicago.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson has made it no secret that interest from other teams continues to increase. That makes sense, especially when you consider just how valuable the top overall pick is in the grand scheme of things.
But the question is, just how valuable is it for Robinson and the Titans?
There are a couple of ways that you can look at the top pick. For starters, it’s an opportunity to get the absolute best player in the entire draft. No one can take that opportunity from you. Robinson and company can select who they think can make the biggest impact for their franchise, and that’ll be that.
The player will officially come to Tennessee and look to help this team start its ascent back to the top of the league.
On the other hand, there’s a lot of value that comes with trading the pick to another team that really wants it. When a franchise keys in on one specific player and will do what is necessary to take over the top spot, then there’s the possibility of getting a lot in return.
It’s been rumored that teams like San Francisco and Los Angeles may have an interest in trading up and getting that chance to take the player that they want. If they actually want to do that, they’ll have to give up quite a bit.
And that’s where the Titans could be intrigued. In order to trade up to such a coveted pick, you have to give back a significant amount in return. By choosing to trade away the top spot, Tennessee could get multiple picks in return, and ultimately fill many more holes in the roster.
Sure, the Titans have made progress this offseason. They’ve added several players that could come in right away and make a big impact on this franchise, with running back DeMarco Murray obviously being the leader of that group.
However, there are still needs. Plenty of needs.
So over the next few weeks, it’ll be Robinson’s job to decide how to best fill those needs. If the Titans do decide to stay at the top and draft Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil or Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, then Robinson and his staff will still have work to do elsewhere.
If the Titans trade away the top spot, then it will give them more flexibility in terms of addressing more key needs. Of course, if you go that route, you have to understand than quality is still the primary need over quantity.
But hey, this is why Robinson gets paid the big bucks. This is undoubtedly a huge turning point in the history of the franchise, and it will be him that decides which way to go with the top pick in the draft.
Should he make the wrong decision, then it may make the rise up the NFL ladder a difficult one.
But if he makes the right decision, then the Titans may be well on their way to returning to relevance.