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Poll: Should the Titans Accept Less for a Trade Down in the 2017 NFL Draft?

Should the Titans try to acquire more picks even if it means accepting less than “value”?

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"We’re open for business."

That was Titans General Manager Jon Robinson’s response when asked at the NFL Combine on March 1 about the possibility of the Titans making a trade in the first round of this year’s NFL draft.

This is no secret. Robinson and the Titans have been very vocal about their desire to trade down in the draft and acquire more picks. Before the Senior Bowl, Robinson told Jim Wyatt:

"I’d love to have a second-round pick. That is a sweet spot in the draft, those second-round picks. The first-round picks, it is good to have extras of those, too. You get an extra year on the contract, with a fifth-year option that you don’t get on the other rounds."

But just how worth it to the Titans is having one - or multiple - second round picks?

"We’re open for business."

That was 49ers General Manager John Lynch’s response when asked at San Francisco’s local visit day last week about the possibility of the 49ers trading down from the #2 selection in next week’s NFL draft.

"There’s the traditional trade chart, (and) we’ve got one of our own," Lynch said on Wednesday. "I think we know how we value that (pick). As I’ve said, we’re open for business. We’d listen to anything. But, I’ve always said you don’t like being 2-14, but you like having the second pick. I think it puts you in the driver’s seat with a lot of options at your disposal and we’ll explore every single one of them."

When you have a roster as devoid of talent as San Francisco’s, it makes sense to try to acquire as many picks - and therefore add as many players - as possible. The 49ers don’t sound as committed to trading down as the Titans, but they will certainly listen to offers.

"We’re open for business."

That was Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan’s response when asked at the NFL Combine about the possibility of the Jets trading selections in the 2017 NFL draft next week.

"Literally, we’re open for business every round," the Jets’ general manager said during a small interview session with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday afternoon. "If somebody wants to move up in any particular round and we have a pick in that round, call us up."

Asked if that includes their first-round selection, Maccagnan smiled and said: "Yeah. Any pick."

The Jets are a team that could use help at many positions, which is why it makes perfect sense for them to try and trade down and acquire more picks.

On Wednesday, rumors started circulating about a potential trade between the Jets and the Browns.

This could be a nightmare scenario for the Titans. Or it could give the Titans additional leverage with a team like Buffalo or Arizona. However, if a trade like this were to go down, it probably wouldn’t happen until after the 5th selection has been made.

Bears "eager" to trade down

Peter King in the April 17th edition of his column, Monday Morning Quarterback, cited three teams that he says are, "the ones I hear are most eager to move back in a market with few teams wanting to move up." The three named teams were the aforementioned San Francisco 49ers, the New York Jets, and, introducing yet another team into the mix, the Chicago Bears.

(Unfortunately, I don’t think Bears General Manager Ryan Pace is on the record saying, "We’re open for business," which was a real bummer for me in terms of writing this article.)

Bears beat writer (and SBNation’s Windy City Gridiron contributor) Robert Zeglinski wrote a long post about the Peter King report and why it would be prudent for the Bears to trade down in the draft.

This time, the Bears are the seller with the asset everyone wants, well relatively, because it’s going to depend on what San Francisco does with it’s more valuable No. 2 overall pick.

For example, say the 49ers’ asking price is too high in a trade. That could benefit Chicago in their own negotiations, even while the organization technically possesses a lesser selection in comparison. A team that wants to move up balks at what they have to do to get San Francisco’s second pick and instead moves on to a cheaper Bears offer. Or the 49ers could complete a deal with one of those few aggressive teams and potentially ruin all of the Bears’ chances. There are a lot of scenarios in play here with no clear answer until very likely April 27th.

Almost everything Zeglinski writes about the Bears applies to the Titans, but the trickle-down logic would imply that the Titans are in an even weaker position than the Bears, because while the Bears’ options are determined by San Francisco’s actions, the Titans’ options are in turn dependent on what the Bears do.

Just how worth it to the Titans is having one - or multiple - second round picks?

Returning to my question from above, how important is it for the Titans to acquire a second-round pick?

Any team that wants to move up ("Browns sound poised to trade up for their quarterback - and they should") will have lots of options.

It’s a simple case of supply and demand. If the Titans were the only team interested in trading back, they might be able to instigate a bidding war with the teams trying to move up.

But with so many teams interested in moving back, the trade might go to the team asking for the least amount of picks - or players - in return.

There is good news - the recent reports that Mitch Trubisky is going in the top 5 may incentivize a team to move up for him.

But the "market value" of the Titans’ No. 5 overall pick will be lower than its actual value. The market is driving the price down. Will Jon Robinson and the Titans respond? Should they?