The Tennessee Titans and the Los Angeles Rams swung the huge Draft deal that has been speculated for nearly a month. Two weeks out from the Draft, General Mangers usually pick up the phone to gauge interest in a preliminary stage.
Well, deals like the one on Thursday morning happen quickly when a team team makes an “offer you can’t refuse.” That is exactly what Les Snead and the Los Angeles Rams did to enable the leap up from No.15.
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Moving from St. Louis to the bright lights of LA, there is no question the Rams aimed to make a splash in the Draft. That splash will either be quarterbacks Jared Goff or Carson Wentz. Reports of the Rams leaning to Goff and Wentz have surfaced. The one thing we do know is that the Rams were willing to pay a hefty price tag to grab their hopeful franchise quarterback for their old/new fans in Southern California to see.
Initially in the Draft process, Jon Robinson communicated to the rest of the league he wanted “king’s ransom”, and essentially he received it. Robinson and the Titans project are looking to build a consistent contender for years to come. The Titans add three more picks at No. 43, No.45, and No.76 where they can grab quality players. Filled with holes in the secondary, at linebacker, offensive and defensive line, and at wide receiver, the Titans have to find starters.
The trade also allows the Titans to have flexibility, as they hold bargaining chips. A few names to watch out for as the Draft rolls into the double digits of the first round are Ronnie Stanley, Jack Conlin, and even DeForest Buckner. The Titans could trade up a few spots from No.15 to get the guy they want. If The Titans decide to stay at No.15, options include linebacker Darron Lee, cornerback Mackenzie Alexander, and wide receivers Laquon Treadwell or Corey Coleman.
At No.33, it is truly a crap shoot. The Titans brass will asses if they go best player available, biggest need, or a player that suits both. Offensive line or a play maker on defense, whether it be on the line or in the secondary will be assessed with their first pick. Although, the 2016 Draft lacks a dominant receiver, the group is deep and filled with choices in the second round.
Former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher has a knack for getting massive draft deals done. In 2012, Fisher was on the opposite side of the deal when the Rams traded away the No.2 pick to the Redskins so they could select Robert Griffin III.
Now that the deal is done, both team have time to truly analyze their options. Titans General Manager Jon Robinson told reporters today, “I had a couple other solid offers for No.1 Pick, Will Stay Active.”
“My phone still works, feel free to call.”