Quarterbacks are Jon Robinson’s dream for NFL Draft
I had made an earlier statement that people aren’t really following smoothly, so let me explain.
The Titans general manager Jon Robinson will conceivably pick a wide receiver, tight end, safety, cornerback, defensive end, or inside linebacker with either first round pick. Let’s consider these positions cast in stone because we need to for discussion and also because they are needs for the Titans.
Marcus Mariota is wonderful and has a bright future full of promise. The Titans have no need at quarterback in round one. ‘In Round One’ is a point to stick with here. Mariota has had some injury issues and it wouldn’t be unreasonable to draft a quarterback later. In round one, however, teams want an impact player and often times want to fill the position where they need the most help. Obviously, this is not an issue for the Titans, so they will not be drafting a quarterback in round one.
For almost this entire offseason, the first six players to be selected were DE Myles Garrett, DE Johnathan Allen, CB Marshon Lattimore, SS Jamal Adams, DE Solomon Thomas, and FS Malik Hooker. Six guys that with some variation, they are all worthy of being within the top six. At this moment, it does not matter which team wants which player all that matters is that you concede that these were the top six players.
At this moment, it does not matter which team wants which player all that matters is that you concede that these were the top six players.
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Many sites now have the Browns selecting Mitch Trubisky with the first pick and the 49ers selecting DeShaun Watson with the second. These two players were not in the top six. That means all six of those players will still be available.
AND THEN people seemed to get a bit quarterback happy and started projecting a quarterback for the Jaguars. I can understand not being convinced that Blake Bortles is “the man” anymore. That part of the logic, I do understand.
This would mean quarterbacks being selected as 3 of the top 4 picks. At this point, it would have to be about mandatory that Jim Wyatt posts a video of Jon Robinson doing a cartwheel at the Titans facility.
AND THEN (No and then! movie scene) some suggest the Chicago Bears may take a quarterback with the third pick because of their displeasure with Jay Cutler, not sold on Mike Glennon, and their quarterbacks in general. If this were to happen, Robinson would get this one single tear to trickle out of his eye. He’d turn toward Coach Mike Mularkey and in classic chick-flick fashion say, “it’s everything I ever wanted, coach. (sniff)”
You do not have the first six players all fall to you at pick five. This doesn’t happen, has never happened, and will not likely happen.
What is likely (according to many) is that two teams in the top four will select quarterbacks. This is still wonderful for the Titans, it’s just not cartwheel chick-flick tear type wonderful. For most of the offseason, the Titans were to have a choice between whichever two of the top six fell to them at five. Four of the top six would be selected 1-4 and then it’s their turn. When two quarterbacks are added to this mix, that means only two of the top six will be selected and thus four of the top six will be available for the Titans at pick five.
The top quarterbacks were all “maybe first rounders, probably second rounders” until teams began to show that they are not good at drafting. Short of a long fantasy football discussion on drafting, let me just reiterate a golden rule- your peers set the likely draft position of each player, not you. The second you decide to alter a player’s draft position(based on need or any reason whatsoever) you are doing what’s called “reaching” in a draft. If the Browns and 49ers take a quarterback, they are absolutely reaching and making their own values up for draft position. It’s completely naive and terrible drafting.
If the Browns and 49ers take a quarterback, they are absolutely reaching and making their own values up for draft position. It’s completely naive and terrible drafting. The wise drafting GM could actually use the thousands of mocks on the web, survey his peers(although who knows if they would say anything), and maybe ask some agents to find out a genuine sincere guess of where quarterbacks will be drafted in this NFL draft. At that point, they could trade to get a draft pick within that range in the draft order. For example, if the polls showed quarterbacks would be taken around pick 15, then they could trade for pick 14 to be sure they get their guy. Pick 14 is so much different than pick one or pick two. At pick one, you literally have your choice of any college player. At pick two, you have any college player minus the player picked before.
I think this is too good to be true. I think everyone that writes the Browns and 49ers will take a quarterback is wrong. Yep, there, I called out hundreds of writers. Sorry, but I just can’t agree with this happening.
I am still very hesitant with the “two will go in the top four” thinking, but it’s a little easier to digest. All four teams have quarterback issues. I think the Bears got Glennon because he is their guy. I think the Jaguars wouldn’t have Bortles on their roster if he wasn’t their guy. Bortles struggled last year and Glennon has only thrown 11 passes since 2014. I understand the questionable nature. My issue, though, is if the quarterbacks were questionable, wouldn’t the GM have addressed this earlier during the offseason? To my prior sentence, someone would reply, “not if they were sold on a draft prospect” and we could go round and round debating. Still, I am very hesitant and not convinced that two quarterbacks will go within the top four picks.
Rolling on…these were the first six we started with: DE Myles Garrett, DE Johnathan Allen, CB Marshon Lattimore, SS Jamal Adams, DE Solomon Thomas, and FS Malik Hooker. With two quarterbacks selected (two picks) and two other players drafted before the Titans turn, that means that four of these six will still be available when the Titans pick fifth.
At this point, Robinson would probably chomp down on a cigar in the corner of his mouth and rub his hands together like someone in an “ol’ timey movie.” He is sitting on a goldmine, especially if Myles Garrett is still available. Garrett has long been considered the top NFL prospect and the most NFL ready player in this draft. Robinson could select the gem of the draft or he could dangle him out there and see just what other GMs would offer in order to select the gem of the draft. Robinson could, now, trade back a few spots and still get one of the top six players. It’s an absolutely ideal scenario for Robinson.
I still contend that it is possible Robinson goes after Garrett. While I like many of the draft scenarios suggested the last few months, this is a general manager that does have the “ammo” necessary to move up and get the top player in the draft. If Garrett is not drafted first or second, Robinson could be thinking “close enough” and jump up two spots via trade.
I still contend that trading next year’s first-round pick for a third first-round pick this year is best. The needs and talent available just match up so perfectly.
However the draft shakes out, if quarterbacks are selected first and second, Titans general manager Jon Robinson is in an outstanding position.
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