It’s amazing what happens when your NFL franchise needs a game-changing quarterback in the draft. For years, ESPN.com notes how the LA Rams made jokes about how they fleeced the Washington Redskins when they traded up for the Robert Griffin III in 2012. On Thursday, the Rams made a similar move, just to draft an unproven quarterback, according to The Big Lead.
According to NFL.com, the Tennessee Titans and Rams agreed to a pre-draft trade that could change the fortunes for both organizations. Prior to the trade, the Rams were slotted at the No. 15 pick, but the Rams coveted the top pick so much, they made history in a bold move. No NFL team has ever risen this high for the No. 1 pick. Meaning, the Rams must select the right quarterback or the organization maybe set back for years to come.
The Titans had the No. 2 pick last year and selected Marcus Mariota. Therefore, they were not in the market for a star quarterback. Instead, the Titans get a chance to build their roster around Mariota.
The Titans received the Rams first-round pick (2016), two second-round picks (2016), and a third-round pick (2016). Additionally, the Titans get a first-round pick, and a third-round pick in (2107). It’s a large haul for a team looking to trade out of the top spot.
Meanwhile, the Rams received the overall No. 1 pick this season. They also got a fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick in (2016). Now the Rams need one of these quarterbacks to produce.
It seems the Rams are taking a risk, but everyone believes the team has been a quarterback away for years. Obviously, drafting a quarterback at the top spot doesn’t automatically give an organization a franchise maker. If that was the case, the Rams wouldn’t have parted ways with Sam Bradford. After becoming the overall No. 1 pick in 2010, Bradford only started 16 games for the Rams twice. They never made the playoffs and Bradford finished his career with the Rams, 18-30-1 record.
Currently, the Rams are interested in Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. Wentz was the consensus No. 2 pick in the NFL Mock Draft projections by the NFL.com staff, but he may have risen with this blockbuster trade. Charles Davis had Goff as high as No. 4, while Lance Zierlein projected Goff as the No. 15 selection to the Rams.
One thing is certain, Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey is no longer going to be considered for the top pick. It will be interesting to see how far he drops. Most likely, Ramsey will go in the top five, but he’s still considered the best defensive player in the draft.
The may have lost out on his services. They may have also set the team up for a Super Bowl run in a couple of years.