With the 2021 NFL draft set to start on April 29, Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson met with the media via Zoom for his pre-draft press conference on Monday.
After having a rough go of it with his 2020 NFL draft class, a group that has already seen two players jettisoned and multiple injuries, Robinson has a ton of pressure on him in 2021.
Adding to that, the Titans have several needs to address on both sides of the ball after the departure of some key players throughout the offseason.
Making things more difficult, NFL teams once again had to navigate the pre-draft evaluation process under special circumstances, as most prospect meetings happened virtually, and pro days replaced a full NFL Combine.
The pro days were an added bonus, though, as teams weren’t able to scout prospects at them last year with the workouts being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
So, what did Robinson have to say with the draft just days away?
On prospect pro days, meetings, medicals
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On trading up or down
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On having nine picks
On drafting for need vs. best player available
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On CB, WR, OL, EDGE, TE and DL groups
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On his draft history
On Titans' draft-day setup
On added pressure after Isaiah Wilson debacle
On TE Anthony Firkser