JOE BIDDLE: Titans GM Dealing

When Titans rookie General Manager Jon Robinson feels an itch, he scratches it.

He did it again Thursday night, moving from the No. 15 pick to No. 8. He crafted a deal with the Browns and picked Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin.

No Laremy Tunsil, the highly touted offensive tackle from Ole Miss. Tunsil had all the tools you need to excel at the position in the NFL.

He also had injuries and off the field chatter cluttering up his profile. Early during the first round, Tunsil was seen sweating it out in the green room.

Former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden touted Conklin, said the Titans got the best offensive lineman in the draft, hands down.

“He’s nasty. I love this pick,’’ Gruden said of Conklin, who is 6-5, 308 and will likely start at right tackle. “The Titans made a great trade and it paid off for them.’’

Conklin drew accolades all around when his name was called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“This guy will get after you and bloody your nose.’’

“He is safe – an animal.’’

“He has long arms. An athlete.’’

Time and experience will tell how high Conklin’s ceiling will be.

He was the second offensive tackle taken in the draft. Only Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley was drafted higher when the Baltimore Ravens took him at No. 6.

Meanwhile a social media picture, thought by some to be Laremy Tunsil, smoking illegal weed was made public Thursday.

Others in Tunsil’s camp denied it was the Ole Miss lineman. The picture I saw made it difficult to clearly define who it was behind the cloud of smoke. When asked if it were him by an ESPN reporter, he only said, “I’m blessed.’’ Not exactly a denial.

Tunsil was predicted by some mock drafts to be the first name called by Goodell. He was taken by the Dolphins with the 13th pick in the first round.

It frequently happens on draft day, someone predicted to go high sliding down the draft like a fireman going down a pole to catch a ride to a five-alarm fire.

Speaking of firemen, Florida State defensive back and Brentwood Academy product native Jalen Ramsey was picked No. 5 by the Jacksonville Jags. Ramsey’s father is a Nashville Fire Department captain. He works out of a fire station on Harding Place.

Ramsey has all the measurables NFL coaches want at his cornerback position. He came out after his junior season and turned it into a top five pick.

Ramsey has some work to do, especially with his hands as he dropped a number of passes that should have been interceptions.

Sports Illlustrated’s Doug Farrar wrote this after seeing Ramsey.

“He plays like a cornerback, thinks like a safety and hits like a linebacker,’’ Farrar wrote.

The draft has two more days remaining and you can bet Jon Robinson will make the best out of his multiple picks, enough to transform the current roster and get the Titans back on their feet.

Joe Biddle is a sports columnist. He is also a member of the Tennessee Sports Writers Hall of Fame. He can be reached at

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