On Thursday the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans completed a blockbuster trade just a couple of weeks before the NFL Draft. This sees the Rams move all the way up to the top overall pick in the draft from 15 – the biggest jump to the top in draft history.
Clearly, Jeff Fisher and the Rams are putting all their chips on the table in order to acquire their franchise QB. To Tennessee they sent two 2nd round picks, a 3rd round pick along with an extra 1st and 5th next year. LA also receives a 4th and 6th in this year’s draft to even it out a bit. This now gives Tennessee six picks in the top 76.
Is this Rams trade brilliant or insane? pic.twitter.com/pLN5juwR6p
— Molly Qerim (@MollyQerim) April 14, 2016
Titans general manager Jon Robinson was named to the position earlier this offseason, and the new GM proved he isn’t scared to pull the trigger on a trade of this magnitude. The front office announced they were shopping the top pick a few weeks ago. Bottom-line, they didn’t feel there was that hit or miss prospect at the top that could revolutionize their franchise. Therefore, Robinson and co. went out and acquired a package of draft picks that provide them with tremendous flexibility and a great opportunity to build – that extra 1st in 2017 was icing on the cake.
On the flip-side, Les Snead and Jeff Fisher are now under extreme amounts of pressure going forward. They can’t afford to miss with this first pick, is it Carson Wentz, or is it Jared Goff? That’s a debate for a different day. Regardless, the Rams feel they are a QB away from being a heavy competitor in the NFC – if they don’t hit in either Goff or Wentz, they will set their franchise back years. After the first overall pick, the team is without another pick until . Plus, they are without 1st round pick in next year’s draft. Many remember when they cashed in on the RGIII trade back in 2012 when Washington traded up to their slot at #2, now they’re the team to give up essentially their entire draft for a potential franchise QB.
So which team actually got the better end of the deal in this blockbuster trade? The Rams went all-in for a franchise QB, but what if it doesn’t workout? There’s tremendous risk involved when making a move of that magnitude. For the Titans, I absolutely love the amount Robinson was able to maneuver back in this deal. For a team already with their franchise QB and in rebuilding mode, acquiring all these early picks is incredible. In a pretty good draft class, 2nd and 3rd round picks are extremely valuable – the Titans now have 5 combined, plus the 15th overall pick and an extra 1st in next year’s draft.
I look at what Robinson and the Titans now have to work with in the next couple of years, and they have a tremendous opportunity to build this Titans franchise. They already have a franchise QB in Marcus Mariota, so now they can go out with the heavy load of draft picks they have and bring in some quality pieces. For the Rams, this adds even more pressure on that front office and coaching staff – you have to think the jobs of Snead and Fisher lie on the success of whomever they decide to draft at the top.
I really look forward to seeing how the Titans build this team and how they draft early this year. Sitting at 15, they very well still can trade up for a guy like Ronnie Stanley to shore up that left tackle spot – something many thought they would do if they stayed put at 1.
The Rams move back to Los Angeles, and a franchise QB will make the move with them. Very intriguing stuff as they appear on Hard Knocks this Summer.