Pickers mailbag: Why you should not expect Nashville to be a Super-Bowl city

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Welcome to the mailbag, which signals the arrival of the weekend and gets me fired up.

No big wind up this week, let's dive right into your fine questions.

Bobby Fricks  Do you think the NFL saw Nashville as a Super Bowl host city because of the draft- why or why not?


PK: Outside of New York, which got a Super Bowl post 9/11, where has an exception been made for potentially wintery

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Take a Lap: Will A.J. Brown be the WR to turn the Titans' fortunes at the position?

LEBANON, Tenn. -- It's been a while since I took a lap, so I ventured to Wilson Central High School to meet up with Jason Damewood to talk some Titans on Thursday. TakeALap 2

We hit on Arthur Smith and the likelihood that the Titans remain a run-first team, expectations for A.J. Brown, how the Titans will spread the ball around in the passing game and how Ryan Tannehill might affect Marcus Mariota.

One post-taping clarification: I say the Titans have screwed up a ton of receivers in the Tennessee era, and that's not exactly right. While they've consistently failed to develop receivers, what they've really been bad at is their judgment in choosing the guys to bring in. I look at a guy like Brown and hope he's the beginning of change for them.

But it's like expecting the Titans to beat the Colts. After such a long stretch of failure, I'll believe an actual positive development when I see one.

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Rationale for not picking up Jack Conklin option makes sense

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A lot of national outlets and writers were way more surprised about the Titans declining the fifth-team option on Jack Conklin than they should have been. Based on the way Jon Robinson spoke about it in March, it was a clear possibility the Titans would pass.ConklinSEA 1

“We’ll be through the draft at that point, know whether we add an offensive lineman in the draft, how that affects the decision,” Robinson said then. “Certainly, we’ll have spent time with him, he’ll have been back for three weeks. You can kind of see where he’s at physically. I mean we’ve seen him in the building, he’s been in getting treatment, and working out and stuff. But we’ll physically see him kind of do some things.

“I think all those factors will kind of play into that decision.”

The team confirmed Tuesday I first saw PFT report, that it won’t pay Conklin a $12.866 million base salary in 2020, which would amount to a $10.249 million raise.

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YAZOO PODCAST: Evan Silva joins me for draft review, early Titans' fantasy feelings

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  -- One of the most popular editions of the podcast was a guest appearance by Evan Silva, who was kind enough to return this week.

The Rotoworld fantasy guru also has a great eye for the draft, so we rolled through the Titans; draft before sorting through an early take on the fantasy value of the Titans' top fantasy options, starting, of course, with Derrick Henry.


You can find Part 1 on iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes.

If you're a member of the site, Part 1 and Part 2 are together, and all you have to do is head below the line.

You can find the history of this site's podcasts right here.

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Scout's take: Reviewing Titans' picks and who they passed on

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans came into the draft looking for interior pass rush, outside pass rush and interior offensive lineman, and an upgrade at wide receiver.

Other positions that needed to be filled were starting nose tackle, future starting tight end, backup Inside linebacker, backup safety and running back.

1st Round: Pick 19:  DT—Jeffery Simmons 6’4 304----No Timing/injured


(Photo courtesy Mississippi State athletics.)

Good size, frame, length. Off the field issue is a concern. ACL injury is a concern. But talent is real, production as a rusher,

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hey FIFA, did you see that?

The biggest sporting event in the world is coming to North America in 2026 and the World Cup still needs to narrow its list of venues.FIFA

Nashville is one of 17 United States cities that are part of the bid, a list that is expected to be narrowed to 10 sometime in 2020 or 2021.

The NFL Draft in Nashville just drew over 600,000 to an enormous three-day party. I ran into some people from France in the league’s store at Second Avenue and Broadway.

That’s nothing compared to the international crowd World Cup games would bring to Music City.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville gave the NFL just what it wanted: A party and a spectacle that was fantastic for an estimated 500,000 fans who poured through Music City for the NFL Draft and played beautifully as a television show.

“Outstanding,” said Titans GM Jon Robinson, who saw it only on TV from the Titans' draft room a few miles away and wore a “RSPCT NSHVL” hat at his press conference after his final pick. “It was unbelievable.DraftStars

“Every time they scanned Broadway, the fans, the crowd – part of the reason why I’m wearing this hat, because I think there’s a respect factor that comes with this city and this state now, because we lived up to the hype.” [Unlocked]

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Mike Vrabel: With linebackers shrinking, no doubts David Long will fit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If you like a high-energy, fly-to-the-ball defender, the Titans sixth-round inside linebacker David Long, Jr. may be for you.

And that he is 5-foot-11 and 227 pounds is of no real concern to Mike Vrabel, who knows a bit about linebacking.Long3

(Photo courtesy West Virginia athletics.)

“The size of linebackers has really diminished over the past 10 years. Most recently it is what is playing in college football,"

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