NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In an old-school way, the Titans continued to concentrate on foundation building with their first-round pick of left tackle Taylor Lewan.
They did something else old school leading up to the start of the draft: They declined to participate in the sort of gamesmanship and outright lying some of their colleagues participate in.
I don’t believe there was nearly as much of that going on around the NFL as some would have us believe.
But certainly some teams engage in it, and with two extra weeks there was probably more than usual.
The smokescreens the Titans are party too are the sort where a quarterback throws right out of the snap to a receiver on the line of scrimmage, not the sort intended to somehow manipulate the draft.
Did GM Ruston Webster or coach Ken Whisenhunt or the guys on their respective staffs share much leading into this thing?
They did not.
But while they didn’t, they didn’t lie or attempt to manipulate or mislead, either. At least not from my vantage point.
“I think in the end the biggest thing you want to do is get the players right and make the best decisions for your team,” Webster said. “We may not tell you everything, but I try not to straight up lie to you, too.”
Said Whisenhunt: “I think more maybe not saying something about a position or a player, but not ever trying to create a situation where you get the benefit [with] a player by just telling you something false."
Tuesday, Webster visited with my Nashville radio show and said he needed to understand as he drafted “where you might be light in a year.”
“And there are certain positions where there is no guarantee you can get that guy every year," he said.
“Let me interpret that for everyone,” I chimed in. “That’s an offensive tackle statement.”
“You said that,” he replied with a laugh.
Look what an actual piece of ultimately telling banter cost him.