Breaking: Rams Trade Up With Titans For No. 1 Overall Pick


Tired of the mediocrity which the Los Angeles Rams have suffered through for the last decade, mostly stemming from their quarterback situation, general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher went proactive.

In one of the biggest pre-draft trades in recent memory, the Rams traded up with the Tennessee Titans to acquire the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Here’s how the compensation breaks down:  The Titans will receive the Rams first round pick (15th overall), along with a pair of second round picks (No.’s 43 and 45), a third round pick (No. 76) and Los Angeles’ first and third round picks in 2017.

From the Rams perspective:  Jeff Fisher finally gets a fighting chance with a quarterback of his choosing.  The last time the Rams selected first in the draft they took Sam Bradford, whose career was derailed by injuries.

Bradford actually helped the Rams get into this position as last year’s offseason trade that sent the former Heisman Trophy winner to Philadelphia helped arm L.A. with a second-round pick that they sent to Tennessee.

If anyone should know how risky of a move trading all the way to the top of the draft is it would be the Rams.  Back in 2012, Fisher and company took a king’s ransom which included three first round picks from the Washington Redskins in exchange for the second-overall pick and the rights to draft Robert Griffin, III.

That obviously didn’t work out all that well for Washington.

This move screams of one of the save your own a** variety, as Fisher and Snead haven’t accomplished much since securing their tenures.  Without a legitimate quarterback and living in the NFC West, the Rams were looking at another mediocre season until they found a signal caller.

If Los Angeles fails to make the postseason, both Fisher and Snead can sell that they had a rookie quarterback and need at least another year or two.

From the Titans perspective: This is a pretty close to a perfect world scenario for the Titans.  They know that they’re not one player away and they already grabbed their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota last season.

Tennessee has one of the worst rosters in the NFL and they need more talent, and this deal gives them six draft picks in the top 76.  With many pundits believing that the strength of this draft is between the 30th and 70th selections, the Titans are in a catbird seat.

Currently, Tennessee holds the 15th, 33rd, 43rd, 45th, 64th and 76th picks in the draft.

Don’t discount the idea that the Titans could go back up and get an impact player of their choosing. They now have plenty of ammunition to jockey up or down if they identify a player that they “need to have.”

Many believe that Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is the best player in the draft.  If the Titans were to have taken him at No. 1 overall, they wouldn’t have received as much value as they could have as the left tackle position has been somewhat devalued, and Tennessee has a good enough tackle in Taylor Lewan.

With there being some questions about Jalen Ramsey’s ball skills and Myles Jack’s knee, this trade back option was by far the best thing that Titans general manager John Robinson could have accomplished.

Now the Titans can go a number of ways with their first round pick.  Selecting at No. 15 overall, Tennessee could be in play for edge rusher Noah Spence, from Eastern Kentucky.  The Titans could be in play for Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple, Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland or defensive tackle Jarran Reed.

About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.