JOE BIDDLE: Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

Jon Robinson (Photo: WKRN)

Jon Robinson dropped a bomb in Titans Nation’s lap.

He took a page out of Kenny Rogers’ song. He knew when to hold ’em, knew when to fold ’em.

Everyone was trying to get inside Robinson’s brain. They all failed.

Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil won’t hear the Titans call his name first by the Titans on April 28. Neither will Nashville native and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey.

Not after the Titans and LA Rams got together to shake up the draft before it started. The news, at least in these parts, pushed Kobe Bryant’s 60-point show in his final game and the Golden State Warriors 73rd win of the season, a record, out of the spotlight.

Robinson may be a rookie General Manager, but based on his move Wednesday night, he has no sign of fear.

Talk shows and mock draft guessperts, were aware Robinson might drop down some if a deal fit what he was looking for. But no one predicted he would dare drop down to No. 15.

He didn’t do it blindfolded. Robinson knows there is value at 15. His team needs numbers and he came away from the Rams with their 2017 No. 1 and third round draft pick. The Titans will now have six of the top 76 picks in this year’s draft.

Robinson understands this franchise needs a ton of picks. They have a lot of holes to fill. They won’t get filled this year, but he is gambling the Rams will be vulnerable with a new quarterback with their first pick. Thus, the Titans could get a high first round pick if the Rams land on their fannies in this year’s standings.

Robinson promised he would change the face of the franchise, with trades, free agent signees and draft choices.

Boy, did he?

Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning QB writer Peter King lauded the move for the Titans.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper called it a “massive haul.’’

ESPN’s John Clayton deemed it a “huge haul.’’

Is there an echo in here?

What did Titans insiders think of the boldest personnel move since the team re-located from Houston to Nashville?

Coach Mike Mularkey liked the news. So did quarterback Marcus Mariota, owner Amy Adams Strunk and voice of the Titans Mike Keith.

Radio talk show hosts were chirping about the deal like robins in Spring.

That came as no surprise.
Now comes the hard part. Making every pick count. There is scant chance for error on Robinson’s part.

He studied under New England coach Bill Bilichick.

Robinson wants to put his handprints all over the Titans reconstruction project. He prides himself on his ability to evaluate personnel.

I like Robinson’s confidence. It’s about time someone shook this morose franchise up. It’s about time someone breathed fire into a limp football team, one that has wandered in the NFL desert for oh, these many years.

There will likely be hiccups along the way. No one gets them all right.

But Jon Robinson will go down swinging. He is confident he has the recipe.

Now he needs to cook the meal.

Joe Biddle is a sports columnist. He is in the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Hall of Fame. He can be reached at

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