Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net reports that four teams have inquired about trading up to No. 1 overall with the Titans. According to Pauline, the four teams consist of the Cowboys, Eagles, 49ers, and Jets.
In regards to the Jets, Pauline mentions that the belief around the league is that they don’t have the draft picks to make the move up to No. 1 overall. However, there’s still some question as to whether they’d be willing to trade up for Memphis QB Paxton Lynch later on in round one.
The Eagles have done extensive work on quarterback prospects and are reportedly “trying to find a way to get” North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.
“I know (coach) Doug Pederson loves him,” Zierlein said in a radio interview, via NJ.com. “I know that from people behind the scenes, in the know. That’s who he wants and that’s who he likes. It’s just going to be tough.”
As for the 49ers, there has been speculation that they could attempt to leap in front of the Browns and get their No. 1 quarterback. However, Colin Kaepernick is still on their roster and trade talks with the Broncos are reportedly at a stalemate. Beyond that, the possibility still exists that they could sit tight at No. 7 overall and still get one of the two top quarterbacks.
I assume that the Cowboys interest is related to moving up for a quarterback and securing a long-term replacement to Tony Romo. It’s hard to say how if this is something being strongly considered in Dallas.
Earlier in the week, Peter King of MMQB.com gave the Titans a “50-50” shot at trading out of No. 1 overall and said that they’ve received “significant interest” in the pick.
While Titans GM Jon Robinson mentioned that it would require “kings ransom” before later backing away from the comment, saying that they’re open to any all options right now.
“I would say that statement was taken out of context a little bit,’’ Robinson said. “I think the question was: What would it take to move way back in the draft? And my answer was: “It would take several picks for that to happen, a king’s ransom for lack of a better term.
“The reality is we are open to any option that makes our football team better. If that is picking a player, if that is moving the pick, whatever is the best option for the pick, we’ll do it. It is much like a play-call sheet. There’s a lot of play calls listed on those sheets, and whatever call gives us the best opportunity to move the football or stop them from moving the football, it’s the same approach we’re going to take leading up to the draft.”
Numerous reports have said that Tennessee is open for business in regards to the top pick and are looking for trade options
Robinson said close to a month ago that he’s spoken to a few teams about possibly trading the No. 1 overall pick. However, Robinson characterized the talks as “exploratory” in nature.
“I’ve had a couple of conversations here and there. I think it is really more kind of exploratory at this point,’’ Robinson said, via Jim Wyatt of Titansonline.com. “As we get a little bit closer, a little bit more through the process with the combine and interviews and pro days, I expect there will be a few more exploratory calls, and there may not be. We’ll see.”
The Titans earned the No. 1 overall pick after posting a regular season record of 3-13.
I’m sure there will be plenty more talk about the Titans possibly trading their No. 1 overall pick in the coming months.