Jon Robinson notes on the Titans' scouts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans used to show off their scouts a bit around draft time.

They were part of the team’s pre-draft press conference, which wasn’t, to be honest, that helpful. No one wanted to say anything and more voices speaking in generalities could make things even more awkward in the days before selections were made.TitanScreamWall

But in press conferences after picks, hearing from the area scout who’d studied the player the Titans just picked could frequently be interesting. The less camera-shy guys might tell a good story or offer a bit of color that filled in a bit about why the team leaned the prospect's direction.

Now, the seven men most involved in assisting Jon Robinson in preparing for the draft are largely anonymous – though he recently spent some time helping make them less so.

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Mike Vrabel comment on nickel position serves to explain move away from Logan Ryan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If you’ve been holding out hope that Logan Ryan will reappear on the Titans’ radar after the draft if they don’t sufficiently replenish at corner, let it go.  

The most telling personnel clue that came out of a 45-minute session Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel held with the press Monday was about how they have come to regard to nickel position.RyanChargers19

And Ryan doesn’t fit the revised definition. [Unlocked]

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Scouting reports on key defensive prospects for the Titans

Scouting reports on key defensive prospects for the Titans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An offensive preview of the draft from a Titans' perspective...

Currently, the Titans have holes at two key starting positions:  Nickel corner and defensive tackle. They also have other positions to fill for depth. They need a fourth and fifth corner, a fourth inside linebacker and a backup nose tackle.

The OLB room is getting full with the re-signing of backup Kamalei Correa and the free-agent signing of Vic Beasley, but this position has more numbers then true difference-makers.

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(Cornerback Jeff Gladney courtesy TCU athletics.)

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Scouting reports on key offensive prospects for the Titans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An offensive preview of the draft from a Titans' perspective...

As of now, the Titans' offensive needs are a starting right tackle, a backup quarterback, a backup running back, a wide receiver to replace Tajae Sharpe and a backup center to replace Jamil Douglas in 2020 and eventually replace Ben Jones.

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(Running back Cam Akers photo courtesy Florida State athletics.)

Adding in the defensive need list all the positions of need will not be able to be filled by the six draft choices the Titans currently have.

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Christian McCaffrey's new deal will complicate things for Derrick Henry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – We don’t know how it’s structured yet, but Christian McCaffrey’s reported new deal with the Carolina Panthers isn’t going to make the possibility of a long-term deal between the Titans and Derrick Henry any easier.

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Henry recently signed his franchise tag worth $10.278 million for 2020, which lined him up behind only Ezekiel Elliott ($15 million), Le’Veon Bell ($13.125 million) and David Johnson ($13 million) in terms of yearly average, though they all got up-front bonuses and multiple years.

Now McCaffrey will be the NFL’s highest-paid back, in line for a $16 million average.

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Titans mail: Scheme enhancements, numbers on the edge, nickel options

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Here we are at the weekend again. I hope you've got big plans at the homestead for Easter weekend.

I appreciate the quality mail and did the best I could to answer as much as I could.

TitansFansJaxI like the Adam Humphries idea there. I’d put that on the list for sure. He was limited too much early on as he was staying in to help Dennis Kelly while he was at left tackle filling in for the suspended Taylor Lewan – less than ideal all along. Then he missed four games at the end of the regular season with an ankle injury.

They never really got him in sync.

In camp last year I thought the short passing game had a chance to be unstoppable with Humphries and Delanie Walker at the heart of it, but that did not come to fruition.

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The Titans are all the way in on Jadeveon Clowney

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans definitely want in on Jadeveon Clowney who they see as a disruptive piece to their front who can help throw them over the top in 2020, a source tells me.

The two obstacles are exactly as has been speculated: his health and his price tag.clowney

(Photo courtesy Seattle Seahawks)

Recent reports suggest the team that traded for him from Houston last year, Seattle, may have faded as his potential home for 2020 – though that could be posturing. The Jets and Browns have been mentioned as other suitors. [Unlocked]

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