Rams earn B, Titans A+ in trade for No. 1-overall pick
Blockbuster! Draft season is heating up as all of the rumors about the Tennessee Titans trading back have actually come true, and even more stunning is the move back to No. 15 overall.
Of course, Cris Collinsworth already predicted this move four weeks ago, but to see it all come to fruition has thrown a massive wrench into all draft predictions. Let’s size it up:
2016 1st round (15 overall)
2016 2nd round (43 overall)
2016 2nd round (45 overall)
2016 3rd round (76 overall)
2017 1st round
2017 3rd round
2016 1st round (1 overall)
2016 4th round (113 overall)
2016 6th round (177 overall)
Titans grade: A+
Any time you can move back and accumulate assets, I’m all for it. Especially given Tennessee’s situation as they already have their quarterback in Marcus Mariota and they’ve stocked up on picks in the 40-80 range in a draft that has a lot of depth in the first 80 or so players. Then tack on next year’s first round pick, and Tennessee is in prime position to add a lot of talent to their roster and build around their franchise quarterback the next few years.
Rams grade: B
Is this a good, necessary move for the Rams? Yes, it is. But they have to understand the inherent risk that comes with giving up so many assets for their franchise quarterback. The best NFL teams can often point to their last two to four drafts to show the source of their talent, so giving up a large number of picks immediately makes the Rams a prime candidate to have a more depleted roster three to four years down the road. As long as that’s understood, and patience is adhered to, this move is still a win for them, assuming they pick a good quarterback. Which brings us to…
Who should the Rams pick?
Jared Goff. He’s the best quarterback in the draft, makes every throw, handles pressure and he has the best pocket presence. While he doesn’t possess a cannon for an arm, it doesn’t really matter as he can throw with anticipation, work through reads, and he simply does things that the best quarterbacks in the league all have as common traits. While I understand the love for Carson Wentz — and his skillset is very appealing — he is lacking in some of the areas in which Goff already excels. It’s risky to bank on Wentz’s improvement in key areas that are necessary for success at the next level.
Who the Rams will pick
Carson Wentz. As much as we love Goff, the Rams likely made this move in order to get the quarterback with the most upside, one they can mold in their rebuilding process, and the one the coaches feel is going to be more of a “grand-slam” pick rather than just a home run. I can easily see a team falling in love with Wentz’s size, arm strength, and off-field resume, and with such a franchise-changing move, the Rams are likely looking at the quarterback they feel will be the best down the road — and all signs are pointing to that being Wentz.