Today, the Titans traded the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft to the Rams in a blockbuster move. Will this deal make Los Angeles a valuable NFL pick next season?
With their move from St. Louis to Los Angeles, the Rams know that they face one of the most, if not, the most important year in franchise history.
Making a trade with the Titans for the No. 1 pick in this month’s NFL draft is a risky move. No team had moved up 14 spots from the 15th pick to get the top slot, but Los Angeles believes that they can pick their next franchise player.
Who's Coming To Los Angeles?
The Rams will draft a quarterback, you don't trade for a No. 1 pick unless you plan on taking a signal-caller, and many suggest that the team is leaning toward North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, but California's Jared Goff is also under consideration. Now the Rams have two weeks to compare the pros and cons of each player and figure out who to pick.
Los Angeles gave up a lot with this deal. The Titans will get the Rams' picks in the first, second (two selections) and third rounds this year, along with their first- and third-rounders in 2017, all in exchange for the No. 1 pick and Tennessee’s selections in the fourth and sixth rounds this year. The Titans now have six of the top 76 selections in this year's draft, but they're still at +15000 to win Super Bowl LI at Bovada.
The last time a Los Angeles team had the No. 1 pick in the draft was in 1963, when the Rams selected Oregon State quarterback Terry Baker.
The NFL will release the 2016 schedule tonight, and the Rams will likely be featured in many prime-time games, which is probably one of the reasons why a team now part of the nation’s second-largest market decided to go for the top pick in the draft.
Are Quarterbacks Everything?
Don't think that it's all about publicity, the Rams truly need a quarterback. Nick Foles or Case Keenum are not the answer. With the Browns eying a quarterback with their No. 2 pick despite signing Robert Griffin III and with the Cowboys at No. 4 and the 49ers at No. 7 also considering taking a signal-caller, the Rams had to find a way to move up before all the top quarterbacks in this draft were taken.
Having a star quarterback can make a difference. True franchise quarterbacks are a prized asset in an offense-oriented league that promotes air attacks by emphasizing protecting passers.
Taking a risk with can’t-miss QB prospects like Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck is worth it because they rarely come along. Are Wentz and Goff the next Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck? It's hard to tell, but quarterbacks are much more valuable than any other position, so it makes sense for the Rams to risk so much to try to find a star quarterback high in the draft.
How Was The Trade Possible?
The Rams were able to move up because of their extra second-round pick this year and a likely compensatory third-round pick next year after cornerback Janoris Jenkins joined the Giants via free agency.
Los Angeles is the youngest team in the NFL, and their track record in the last two drafts speaks volumes about their management. Don't forget that the Rams selected back-to-back rookies of the year in defensive tackle Aaron Donald and running back Todd Gurley.
The Rams are going all-in. They believe that their young team is so talented that all they need to become a decent choice for NFL picks is someone that can throw the ball well.
Time will tell if Wentz or Goff are the answer under center for the Los Angeles Rams, but I look forward to watching them showcase their talent wherever they go. The Rams are currently at +5000 NFL odds to win Super Bowl LI.