2015 NFL Draft: Tennessee Titans and the 3-way trade
By Will Lomas
It is safe to say that with rumors flying (and the San Diego Chargers pretending like they aren’t dying to draft Marcus Mariota) that the 2015 NFL draft is a bigger question mark now than it was at any other point this year. Well, lets assume that the Tennessee Titans aren’t trying to trade with the San Diego Chargers, what is the best trade they could come up with?
Well, it is funny that this question is being asked, because Greg Arias of Titan Red Zone wrote an interesting piece on what two other teams could be trying to do to make a three-way trade happen. Here is what Arias said on the matter:
"“The Browns reportedly covet Bradford, while Philadelphia wants Mariota.The Titans currently hold the second pick and the perceived best option to select Mariota.Per the source, people with knowledge of the situation believe that Kelly is positioning himself to trade Bradford and his second-round pick to Cleveland to acquire the Browns’ two first-round picks at number 12 and 19 in the first round.The move would then allow Kelly to trade the Browns’ two picks and his first-round pick to the Titans for their second overall selection.”"
So for those that do better seeing it simplified down, here is the summary of the trade.
Cleveland Browns get:
-Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford
-The Philadelphia Eagles 2nd round pick (52nd overall)
Philadelphia Eagles get:
-Tennessee Titans 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft (for Marcus Mariota)
Tennessee Titans get:
-Cleveland Browns 12th overall pick
-Cleveland Browns 19th overall pick
-Philadelphia Eagles 20th overall pick
That is a huge haul for the Tennessee Titans. While they are giving up on a potential franchise quarterback, teams like the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, and Arizona Cardinals have shown us that with strong arm QBs and very good supplemental players you can go deep in the playoffs.
Imagine that the draft plays out like this, using Todd McShay’s big board on ESPN, the Tennessee Titans could end up with any of these scenarios with just a little luck.
-Randy Gregory EDGE, Nebraska
-La’el Collins OL, LSU
-Breshad Perriman WR, UCF
-Danny Shelton NT, Washington
-Melvin Gordon RB, Wisconsin
-Marcus Peters CB, Washington
Option C (my favorite)
-Todd Gurley RB, UGA
-Malcom Brown NT, Texas
-La’el Collins OL, LSU
These picks don’t include the Tennessee Titans other three top-100 picks in the draft either, all of whom will likely be starters.
If you want this team to be very good quickly, then hope for a trade for Philip Rivers. However, if you want this team to be young, talented and potentially poised to be relevant for the next 10 years, then hope this trade happens.