Two weeks prior to the 2016 NFL Draft the Los Angeles Rams worked out a trade with the Tennessee Titans for the number one overall pick. The Titans had trade talks with both the Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles; however, it was the deal with Los Angeles that provided enough assets to strike a deal. A wily decision by Rams General Manager Les Snead that sent shockwaves throughout the league. The Titans receive 1st Round pick (15th), 2nd Round Pick(43rd), 2nd Round Pick (45th), 3rd Round pick (76th), 1st Round pick in 2017 and a 3rd Round pick in 2017. The Rams receive 1st Round pick (1st), 4th Round pick (113th) and 6th Round pick (177th).
Ironically, very similar to what the Washington Redskins pulled off for the 2nd overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Rams actually got the better of the trade, receiving a stockpile of draft picks, although it did not result in enough wins to make the Rams a playoff team. Today’s riveting, blockbuster trade could dramatically rectify that situation. By trading back the Titans now possess six picks of the top 77 selections in the 2016 NFL Draft. In the first place, the trade to land the top pick is an understandable desperation move for the Rams to improve the team at the most important position and land a much-needed franchise quarterback.
The trade, allowing the Rams to move to the front of the line and select the top passer will drastically alter the first round of the draft as well as send the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and the division rival San Francisco 49ers scurrying, in need of revising their draft boards. Although former Ole Miss Left Tackle Laremy Tunsil remains a possibility, Los Angeles will select either former University of California quarterback Jared Goff or former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. It only depends on the Rams draft board and which player the team rates higher.
Several people fell for the smokescreen or coach speak that Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher let out stating that Case Keenum would be the team’s starting quarterback in lieu of drafting a quarterback in the first round. In all actuality, Case Keenum could still emerge as Los Angeles week one starter. However, when you have a glaring need the best way to address said the need is to draft at the position in addition to bringing in a veteran. On the evening of April, 28 2016 the Los Angeles Rams either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff will be the new face of the franchise. in the same quarterback room as Case Keenum, Nick Foles and Sean Mannion.
In regards to the Los Angeles Rams quarterback situation, the fact of the matter is that Nick Foles fell out of favor with Head Coach Jeff Fisher and the Rams coaching staff prior to Foles being replaced in the starting lineup by Case Keenum. The coaching staff obviously has more faith in Case Keenum, at this time, but both the front office and coaching staff realized the need for an upgrade. The Rams are not in a rush, at this time, to give Sean Mannion the keys to the car, so to speak. The Los Angeles Rams will get exactly what they’re after for the upcoming 2016 NFL season, a highly competitive four-man competition at the quarterback position. In training camp the Rams will also find out if Case Keenum can be a bridge to Carson Wentz or Jared Goff.