Relationship-building with cohorts important for Jon Robinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jon Robinson may have some advantage in the NFL draft as his colleagues won't have a track record to consider when attempting to predict what he will do.

But that’s not the biggest thing for the Tennessee Titans’ new general manager in his first draft, according to Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who worked with Robinson in New England.

Strong relationships with his counterparts around the league are crucial when calls are made regarding draft trades.

“It’s so important to know who you’re dealing with on other teams,” Dimitroff said. “When you talk about advice: It’s so important to make sure you have a good and trusting relationship with other general managers in this league if you are trying to pull off a trade, if you are trying to work movement.

“I think that’s very important for (Robinson and new Detroit GM Bob Quinn). I think the unpredictability of (established executives) not knowing who they are is something they are going to have to work on. Continue to develop their relationships with other general managers so they feel comfortable picking up the phone and calling Detroit or calling Tennessee.

“They are both good individuals and they’re good people, they want to deal with people in the right way, so I think that won’t be an issue.”