Rams Splash into LA

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By: Robbie Middlestadt

Since the beginning of April, with the majority of the major free agent signings completed, NFL fans have been thirsty for blockbuster news that can shape teams’ futures, namely, the upcoming NFL draft.

On April 14th at around 9:11 AM, ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news that will surely blow up every draft “expert’s” Mock Draft. The Los Angeles Rams shocked the world by moving up from 15th overall, acquiring the Titans’ 1st overall pick in this year’s draft, via trade.

The trade details are as follows:

The Titans receive: 15st overall in this year’s draft, two 2016 2nd round picks (43rd, 45th), a 3rd overall pick (76th) in 2016 as well. On top of that, the Titans receive two 2013 draft picks (1st and 3rd round).

The Rams receive: 1st overall in 2016, 4th round pick in 2016 (113th), and a 6th round pick in 2016 (177th).

Wow.

So why did the Rams move to the 1st overall draft position?

That’s simple. A QUARTERBACK.

Over the last 5 years, the Rams have been cursed with injuries and poor play at the position. First, their former 1st overall pick Sam Bradford could not stay healthy, and they received horrid play from their backups. Then last year, after swapping Bradford to the Eagles for Nick Foles, they were slapped right in the face, as Foles put up a dismal 69.0 passer rating in 2015 and was benched.

The Rams finally had enough of this inexcusable quarterback play and decided to give up a TON of picks to likely get the quarterback they project to have for the next decade or so.

But, who will the Rams pick?

The pick appears to be a choice between two quarterbacks: Carson Wentz of North Dakota State, or Jared Goff from the University of California.

Which will they pick? No one really knows that and the Rams certainly won’t be telling anyone, at least in the immediate future. Since the trade has been made official, there have been reports saying the Rams will take Wentz, and there have been reports saying the Rams will opt for Goff. We simply don’t know. Although Carson Wentz has drawn tons of buzz the last couple months, more NFL Front Office executives have said they feel that Jared Goff is more pro-ready than Carson Wentz. The speculation will continue until the pick is in, and analysts will have their eye on these two throughout their careers.

This pre-draft trade impacts not just the Rams and Titans, but many teams that will select in the top-10 of the draft.

One team that might benefit is Cleveland. It is widely believed that the Browns will take a QB with the #2 pick and although there is now a team in-front of them ready to pick a quarterback, the Browns still have a chance at either Goff or Wentz.

There are some teams that might actually suffer from this trade, and these teams include the Eagles and 49ers. Both teams are desperate for a young franchise quarterback. Now, in order for them to get that quarterback, they may need to pull off a huge trade similar to the Rams’ trade to move to the #2 pick and then select their franchise guy. If either team is willing trade up, with the recently signed Robert Griffin III in tow, Cleveland very well might consider dealing the pick, for the right package.

It will be very interesting to see where top prospects such as Laremy Tunsil, Jalen Ramsey, and Joey Bosa land now that it appears the top-2 picks will be signal callers. Before this trade, the consensus was that Ramsey or Tunsil would be going to Tennessee, but now, it’s a huge guessing game.

Here’s my updated Mock Draft of the Top-10 selections.

  1. LA Rams select Jared Goff, QB, Cal
  2. Philadelphia Eagles (via trade) select Carson Wentz, QB, South Dakota State
  3. San Diego Chargers select Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
  4. Dallas Cowboys select Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars select Deforest Buckner, DL, Oregon
  6. Baltimore Ravens select Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
  7. San Francisco 49ers select Ronnie Stanley, OL, Notre Dame
  8. Cleveland Browns (via trade) select Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
  9. Tampa Bay Bucs select Vernon Hargreaves, DB, Florida
  10. New York Giants select Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Los Angeles Rams, you are now on the clock

What do you think about this trade? Who will go first? Second? Let us know what you think in the comment section!

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