The part of my job that I love the best is interacting with fans and followers on social media, and from time to time a follower will ask me a specific question concerning the team, players or in this case a draft scenario. Those questions sometimes lead me to write something in regard to the question posed by the follower that answers their question and that can be shared by our readers in general.
Today is one of those days.
Jeff Watson, (@jeffdwatson2), who follows me on Twitter and is someone I regularly interact with, posed the question in regard to recent speculation that the Tennessee Titans have been in discussions with the San Francisco 49ers about a potential trade where the 49ers would move up to number one and the Titans would move down to the number seven spot in the upcoming NFL draft.
The question posed by Watson was two parts.
"What do you make of the 9ers maybe trading up," and "If that happens, who do you see the Titans taking at 7?"
Both good questions which required some thought and more space that 140 characters on Twitter could hold.
San Francisco has been front and center among NFL stories in the past few days as they and the Denver Broncos have reportedly been in ongoing talks that would send quarterback Colin Kaepernick from San Francisco to Denver.
Should that trade occur - and right now it seems to be 50-50 at best because of Kaepernick's refusal to give up some money - it would leave the 49ers in need of a quarterback who could run Chip Kelly's offense.
In that scenario, a trade between the 49ers and Titans could become more important for Kelly and company.
It's hard to gauge just how serious San Francisco, or any of the other potential suitors, are in making this deal, though I do believe that there will be at least one serious offer before it is all said and done, though we may never receive confirmation of its existence.
When looking at past trades involving the first overall pick, we must go all the way back to 1997 when the Jets, who held the sixth overall pick, traded with the Rams to move to the top to select Orlando Pace.
Not a bad return at all for the Jets, though if one used the Jimmy Johnson value chart, the Jets came away on the short end of the deal by a large margin.
So if the Titans make a deal with San Francisco, the return should be even more than that of the Jets. If not - and I don't see Jon Robinson losing in a deal - then the Titans made a bad trade.
So who might the Titans look to draft with the seventh pick should they make this trade?
It is more than likely that both Laremy Tunsil and Jalen Ramsey, who have been the top projected talents for the Titans, would be off the board.
Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley would seem to be a logical target. He would fit a position of need and could potentially play right tackle, having played there at as a redshirt freshman for the Fighting Irish, leaving Taylor Lewan on the left side.
Stanley is big (6-5, 315) and gets into pass sets as well as anyone in the country. He has long arms and knows how to use them and plays with quick hands and a well-timed punch. Stanley never panics when he loses hand placement, simply resets them and carries a strong jolt with that punch.
Some analysts have stated publicly that they feel Stanley is better than Tunsil, though the majority have Stanley ranked just below Tunsil.
Outside of Stanley, just who else could draw the Titans attention?
Of course there are other tackles in Jack Conklin, Taylor Decker or Jason Spriggs. There are, of course, multiple scenarios in which the Titans might employ from number seven, including going away from tackle and selecting someone at another position and then look at tackle in the second round, much like the scenario if they were to take Ramsey at number one.
Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III would likely be a player still available and would fill a position of need with a top-tier player. Fellow corner William Jackson III might also be worthy of consideration.
Likewise, defensive standouts in linebacker/edge defender Leonard Floyd, defensive linemen Sheldon Rankins, A'Shawn Robinson, Kenny Clark and Kevin Dodd could be targets.
Inside/outside linebacker Reggie Ragland could also be a target and would pair nicely with Avery Williamson.
Wide receivers Laquon Tredwell, Josh Doctson and Will Fuller could all be available at number seven, and all would be interesting additions to the Titans offense.
Perhaps the most intriguing potential target however might be running back Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State.
Elliott is the top running back in this draft class, and the only first-round running back - with all due respect to Heisman winner Derrick Henry - in most mock drafts.
So there you have it, just some of the potential targets that would still be available for the Titans in trading down to number seven.
There are certainly some interesting possibilities to ponder and speculate around should the trade occur. Let's just hope that we don't have too much time to deal with those speculations.