With two weeks to go until the 2016 NFL Draft begins, today has brought about a significant change in the running order.
As reported by numerous sources, including Sports illustrated's Peter King, the Tennessee Titans have traded away the number one draft pick that had been in their possession since a disappointing 3-13 2015 campaign came to an end back in January.
Taking their place at the top of the draft is the Los Angeles Rams who, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, are the franchise involved in a trade that will see no less than nine draft picks trade places.
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As you can see from the Rams giving up the fifteenth overall pick in the 2016 Draft, the move, when confirmed, will see the Los Angeles franchise jump from the middle of the pack to the top of the pile when it comes to selecting from this year's class of college stars.
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In return, however, they have paid quite a price. In handing over two first round picks (one in 2016, one in 2017), two second rounders (both in 2016) and two in the third round (again, one in '16, one in '17), the Rams are taking a big gamble on whoever they select first overall panning out.
As for the Titans, today's reports make clear that previous speculation about them being open to trading away the number one pick were entirely accurate.
Tennessee's general manager spoke about the decision today:
"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.’’
With the blockbuster trade confirmed, the discussion now moves on to just who the Rams have their eye on come April 28th.
The likely answer to that question is a future franchise quarterback. The team currently has the less than exciting Case Keenum atop their QB depth chart after, earlier this year, confirming he was their slated starter ahead of Nick Foles.
Now, though, it looks like the franchise's front office is planning on backing one of this year's talented young quarterbacks.
Jared Goff out of the University of California has been in for a visit with the Rams and had been touted as a possible faller to the number 15 spot in several mock drafts.
The much touted Carson Wentz of North Dakota has also been worked out by the Rams over the past month.
Both players are seen as capable of starting as NFL quarterbacks from week one of the 2016 season and, following today's trade, could very well become first overall picks in two weeks time.
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