Titans deal No. 1 overall pick to QB-needy Rams: 8 things to know
The Titans traded the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Los Angeles Rams.
Take your mock draft and set it on fire, because the Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Rams just shook up the NFL Draft on Thursday morning with a blockbuster trade that will see the Rams move up to No. 1 overall. The deal will also thrust a rookie quarterback into the spotlight right off the bat, with the top pick in the draft becoming the face of Los Angeles football and Hard Knocks.
Los Angeles traded the No. 15 overall pick in this draft, two second-round picks (No. 43 overall and No. 45 overall) and a fourth-round pick (No. 114 overall). The Rams also gave up their No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Rams also receive a fourth-round pick (No. 113 overall) and sixth-round pick (No. 177 overall) in 2016.
“Being able to acquire six players in the top 76 this year, along with next year when you factor that into it -- I am assuming five in the top three rounds -- that is 11 players that we can add to this football team that should not only increase our depth, but give us good quality players at all those positions,’’ Titans general manager Jon Robinson said in a statement.
"In the end we thought it was a decision that was best for this football team. It made sense for us to do it, and that’s why we moved on it. We talked to several teams about the pick. There was interest in the pick, and in the end we thought this was the option that made the most sense for us ...We think we can really bolster this roster with the picks that we now have.”
Here are 8 things to know about the trade:
1. That is a massive haul for the Titans: The Titans are absolutely getting an incredible deal here. They’re moving out of a No. 1 overall spot with no real No. 1 overall player in the draft and their franchise quarterback already in hand.
They’re getting two more picks in the top 50 in terms of the Rams second-round picks as well as the Rams first-round pick next year (which will probably be pretty good considering they’ll be playing a rookie quarterback).
Tennessee is really set up well to come out of this draft with a serious haul of quality rookies.
2. The pick is already (reportedly) in: According to a report from Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, the pick is going to be Carson Wentz.
Farmer, speaking on the NFL Network, said the Rams have Wentz in “their crosshairs” and "there is a strong likelihood that’s the guy who winds up in L.A."
Rams have traded with Tennessee for the top pick in the draft -- Carson Wentz is the presumed target.— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) April 14, 2016
Wentz’ meteoric rise this offseason continues, with the North Dakota State prospect -- almost unheard of heading into the end of the season -- suddenly prepped to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as well the face of the newest Los Angeles franchise. It’s a pretty big jump.
3. The Bradford factor: The Rams couldn’t have done it without Sam Bradford. No, really. Drafted as the No. 1 overall pick and the future franchise quarterback for the Rams in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bradford was traded to the Eagles last offseason.
As part of that deal was the No. 43 overall pick in this year’s draft from Philadelphia, which the Rams promptly used to move up and grab their next franchise quarterback.
They couldn’t have rebooted their quarterback position in Los Angeles without the help of their last franchise quarterback.
4. The Browns aren’t guaranteed their guy: As long as the Titans stayed put the Browns were in pretty good shape. Tennessee would likely take tackle Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss and the Browns would have their pick of whatever player they wanted.
Quarterback? Go with Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. Want the best player? Myles Jack of UCLA or Jalen Ramsey of FSU are there.
Now the Browns will be reactive when it comes to their pick at the top of the draft. Worth noting here is that CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora previously reported this week the Browns actually like Goff over Wentz.
5. Quarterbacks could go 1-2 again: With the Browns infatuated with Goff, it means we could see quarterbacks go No. 1 and No. 2 overall again in the draft.
Or maybe the Rams go Goff up top -- he is a California guy, born and bred -- and the Browns are forced to decide if they want Wentz at No. 2.
Either way, there is a very good chance we see quarterbacks go with the top-two picks again, for the third time in the last 10 years (Jameis Winston-Marcus Mariota last year and Andrew Luck-Robert Griffin III in 2012).
6. Never believe the Rams at the combine: Two years ago Jeff Fisher and Les Snead pounded the table to tell everyone that would listen at the NFL Combine that their quarterback was Sam Bradford. They got mad when CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported they were trying to deal Bradford. Then they promptly dealt Bradford!
This year, Les Snead talked about why they were comfortable with Case Keenum as their starter. Then they promptly traded the future in order to guarantee they would acquire a quarterback.
So never believe what the Rams say at the combine is the lesson here.
7. They waited for Kobe???: Apparently Jeff Fisher really did wait to announce the deal so Kobe Bryant could have his moment in the sun before the Rams STOLE IT WITH THEIR BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.
If you're wondering why this trade didn't get announced yesterday... Well, Jeff Fisher felt Wednesday belonged to Kobe. It's an LA thing.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) April 14, 2016
What’s hilarious here is Fisher thinks anyone in Los Angeles cares more about the Rams than they do Kobe’s last game.
Kobe went for 60 points on a ridiculous 50 shots by the way.
8. What do you know about PRESSURE? Whoever gets drafted by the Rams, as noted above, is walking into a pressure-packed situation. Not only are you the No. 1 overall pick, not only are you trying to finally be the quarterback for a franchise starved for a decent passer, not only are you the face of Los Angeles football but you're also going to be on Hard Knocks.
The Rams agreed to do the HBO/NFL Films show and as a result they're going to be one of the more prominent NFL teams this offseason and during the preseason.
Welcome to the NFL, rookie.
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