Four years ago, the St. Louis Rams made out like bandits when they traded the second overall draft pick in exchange for a huge haul of draft picks.
The Rams netted four draft picks that became Morris Claiborne, Janoris Jenkins, Desmond Trufant, and Greg Robinson. All the Washington Redskins got in return was two and a half seasons of Robert Griffin III before Washington cut the quarterback it'd mortgaged a large part of its future for.
Now that they're the Los Angeles Rams, the franchise appears ready to make the same mistake they helped Washington make.
Titans have traded the top pick in the draft to the Rams.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) April 14, 2016
The Tennessee Titans, who already feature a talented young quarterback in Macus Mariota, have traded the No. 1 overall draft pick to the Rams in exchange for Los Angeles' first-, second-, and third-round picks in 2016, as well as the Philadelphia Eagles' second overall pick that the Rams acquired in the Sam Bradford trade, and LA's first- and third-rounders in 2017.
The gives Tennessee six picks in the top 76 selections in 2016 alone—15th overall, 33rd (their own), 43rd, 45th, 64th (their own), and 76th.
“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," said Titans general manager Jon Robinson.
“In the end we thought it was a decision that was best for this football team. It made sense for us to do it, and that’s why we moved on it. We talked to several teams about the pick. There was interest in the pick, and in the end we thought this was the option that made the most sense for us…We think we can really bolster this roster with the picks that we now have.”
The Rams, on the other hand, get the right to draft one of quarterbacks Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, the top two signal callers on the board, to make a splash in their first season in Los Angeles.
They could be good. They could also be Ryan Leaf, Joey Harrington, JaMarcus Russll, or Matt Leinart.
The Rams also get the Titans' fourth- and sixth-round picks this year.