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Titans general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Mularkey spoke with the media on Wednesday in Indianapolis on day one of the combine

The message was as clear as mud on Wednesday when Jon Robinson and Mike Mularkey spoke with the media inside Lucas Oil Stadium for day one of the NFL Scouting Combine.

Tampa Bay general manager Todd Licht provided the most telling comment of the day concerning new Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson during his press appearance in front of the media in Indianapolis on Wednesday for day one of the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"He (Robinson) does a good job of keeping things close to his vest. That's one thing I've really respected about Jon," said Licht . "You could tell him something and you knew it wasn't going to get out. You guys will have a lot of fun trying to get it out of him. If I were a betting man is say you probably won't." 

Licht was correct in that assessment as Ribinson once again kept his cards close when he took to the podium  on Wednesday to answer questions about a multitude of topics surrounding the Titans and what they might do with the number one overall pick.

Many of Robinson's responses mirrored the things he said during his introductory press conference and once again last week when he spoke to season ticket holders at the Music City Center. 

Among them was once again the team's committment to protecting quarterback Marcus Mariota.

"Quarterback is the most important player on the team. Keeping him upright is vitally important," said Robinson.

Could that be an indication of the direction Robinson and the Titans might be leaning with the first selection?

Probably not if you believe Licht, though in the end, it could well be an indication.

Laremy Tunsil ( : 6’5”/310 lbs, 34 ¼” arms. 10” hands measured on Wednesday) has long been associated with the Titans at number one, and he is the top offensive lineman in the class. That fact along with Robinson's proclamation toward protecting the quarterback could well be where the Titans go first.

However, there are some other linemen who could also step in and fill the Titans needs on the offensive front.

One such player who has seen his mentions grow in recent days is Notre Dame tackle Ronnine Stanley (6'6/312 lbs. 35 5/8" arms. 10 5/8" hands measured on Wednesday).

Stanley might not be the best tackle in the class, but some so-called experts list him second, only slightly behind Tunsil.

Stanley could be available farther down should the Titans make a trade. Of course there are other top players such as Joey Bosa and Jalen Ramsey who could be welcome additions to the roster.

Robinson openly spoke of Ramsey in glowing terms, saying that ramsey is a unique player who can do everything you would ask a defensive back to do.  

But what of Taylor Lewan if the Titans select Tunsil with the first pick?

Speculation has been that he would move to the right side should that scenario occur.

"Right now, Taylor Lewan is our left tackle," said Robinson.

Regardless of the possibilities, one thing was apparently clear when all was said and done.

"We want to come away with an impact player," said Robinson.

So where will the Titans turn for that impact player? Perhaps even Robinson doesn't know at this point, but this week will go a long way in the evaluation process to making that determination.

"I don't know if there are any real secrets in the league," said Robinson. "Whatever the decision we want to come out a better football team." 

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