The Tennessee Titans have made it clear that they were willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick. First-year general manager Jon Robinson wanted to get pieces in return that he could build the team around.
On Thursday morning, the Titans got exactly what they were looking for — and made a trade with the Los Angeles Rams in a blockbuster trade for the No. 1 overall pick. With the swap of first-round picks, the Titans will now move to the No. 15 overall pick.
The Titans also received two second-round picks in 2016 and a third-round pick. They also receive a first-round and third-round pick in 2017.
The Titans also traded a fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick this year to make the trade official.
With the first overall pick, the Rams are expected to take Carson Wentz — whose now expected to go No. 1 overall. The Cleveland Browns — who have the No. 2 overall pick — were expected to take Wentz with that pick before this trade came about.
Now with this trade going down, the Browns may take Jared Goff — who they were never really considering with the No. 2 overall pick — as the franchise quarterback. Goff may sit behind Robert Griffin III — who signed a two-year deal with the team that has a situation in his contract that will give him more money should he start.
The Titans now have six picks in the first 76 selections in this year’s draft. They also have five picks in the 2017 pick. One of the second-rounders that the Rams gave up is the 43rd overall pick — which they acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles in the Sam Bradford, Nick Foles trade.
With this trade, it’s the second Top 10 pick in this year’s draft that’s been traded before the upcoming NFL Draft. There wasn’t a trade involving any draft picks until the 15th overall pick last year.
This is the first-time that the No. 1 overall pick was traded since the New York Giants acquired Eli Manning. Manning was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 20014 NFL Draft — who said he never wanted to play in San Diego — before being traded for Philip Rivers and others.
Wentz — whose a six-foot-five quarterback — became the North Dakota State Bison quarterback in 2014. He threw for 3,111 yards and 25 touchdowns — and led the team to their fourth consecutive FCS Championship.
This year, he missed two months with a broken right wrist, but started seven games. He completed 62.5 of his passes for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns. Additionally, he ran for four more scores.
Goff, Cal Bears quarterback, set a Pac-12 Conference record with 4,719 yards and 43 touchdowns this season. He also guided the Bears to their first Bowl win since 2008 as he had 467 yards and six touchdowns in the game over the Air Force Falcons in the Armed Forces Bowl.