by Terry McCormick
In just three months on the job, no one can doubt that Jon Robinson has been a mover and a shaker in his retooling of the Tennessee Titans.
Thursday’s blockbuster trade of the No. 1 overall pick was the crowning move by Robinson, who has already been plenty busy in trying to fix a franchise driven into the ditch by past regimes.
Let’s do a quick review of what all Robinson has done with draft day still about two weeks away.
Of course the biggest news is Thursday’s trade of the top overall pick. In passing off the first pick overall to the Rams, the Titans might have missed out on Jalen Ramsey or Laremy Tunsil, but they now have six of the first 76 picks in the draft with which to replenish the Titans roster. Or, Robinson has the option to use some of those choices to use as ammunition to make a trade back up into the first round, if a player they covet is available somewhere before their first pick, which is now at No. 15.
If the Titans want to move up to grab, say, tackle Ronnie Stanley of Notre Dame, linebacker Myles Jack of UCLA or receiver LaQuan Treadwell of Ole Miss, then Robinson has the ammo to make that happen.
As an additional bonus, Robinson pilfered the Rams’ first and third-round picks next season as well, picks that also could be attractive and in the upper half of the round, given that Los Angeles is in all likelihood going to be starting a rookie quarterback of its own in 2016, and we all know the growing pains that come with that.
The trade, though, is just the latest move for Robinson, who began his off-season by acquiring DeMarco Murray from the Eagles for virtually nothing, and then bolstered the lineup by adding several nice role players, including receiver Rishard Matthews, defensive backs Rashad Johnson, Brice McCain and Antwon Blake and linebackers Sean Spence and Nate Palmer.
Just at face value, it is easy to see that the Titans are going in the right direction after several seasons of wandering aimlessly off the tracks. And it is Jon Robinson who is now the conductor as the Titans train works to try and get back on the rails.