The Tampa Bay Bucs, desperately in need of more personnel, will have to find it with a new personnel director.
Jon Robinson, the Bucs’ personnel director the past two years, has taken the general manager’s job at Tennessee. Robinson replaces Ruston Webster, another former Bucs’ scout.
With the Titans, Robinson will once again have the No. 1 pick in the draft (he helped guide the team toward Jameis Winston last year). A coaching search begins Thursday. Robinson joined Licht in Tampa Bay, but spent the previous 12 years with the New England Patriots, helping to draft Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, and Devin McCourty.
This will be the second straight year the Titans have had a prime draft pick. Last year, Tennessee drafted Marcus Mariota second.
Tennessee was 18-46 in four years under Webster, including a 5-27 record the past two seasons.
The Titans also interviewed Chris Ballard, the Chiefs’ director of football operations; Chris Polian, the Jaguars’ director of player personnel; Marc Ross, the Giants’ vice president of player evaluation; former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist; and former Lions GM Martin Mayhew.