By John Glennon
In assessing the possibilities of the Titans making draft-day trades this year, general manager Jon Robinson noted “everybody kind of knows that we’re willing to kind of shuffle around.”
Pretty hard to argue with that.
An evaluation of Robinson’s five drafts shows he’s made 11 draft-day deals, which make up almost half of the 23 trades he’s made overall since stepping into his current role.
Over those five seasons, Robinson has moved all over the board during the draft’s three days, trading away a total of 18 draft spots and acquiring 14.
Unlike some general managers who enjoy trading back and stockpiling picks, Robinson has taken a much different approach. Among the 11 deals he has made during the draft itself, Robinson has traded up in nine of them – and traded back in just two. In each of his first three drafts, Robinson traded up at least twice, most notably in 2018, when he traded up three separate times in order to draft linebacker Rashaan Evans, edge rusher Harold Landry and defensive back Dane Cruikshank.
It’s a strategy that requires high confidence in player evaluations, as well as a sense of who other teams might be preparing to pick.
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