The Los Angeles Rams have traded up to the first pick in this year's NFL Draft.
The Rams sent the Tennessee Titans the following: their first-round pick (No.15), two second-round picks (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016; their first-round and third-round picks in 2017. The Rams received from Tennessee in exchange the first overall pick in this year's draft, along with a fourth-round pick (No. 113) and a sixth-round pick (No. 177).
This marks the second time in five years that the Rams have been involved in a blockbuster trade concerning the top five picks in the draft. The first, of course, was in 2012, when the Rams received a bounty for trading back with the Washington Redskins in exchange for the ability to pick quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Despite the RG III trade being largely considered a disaster for Washington, the Rams have apparently decided that the risk of trading up will be, this time, worth the reward. The reward, in this case, will almost certainly be either Carson Wentz or Jason Goff, the two most highly regarded quarterbacks available in the 2016 NFL Draft. It remains to be seen which quarterback the Rams favor with the top overall pick.
Upon first glance, and second glance, and even third glance, it seems like the Rams are giving up an awful lot for Wentz or Goff, neither of whom is considered to be a can't-miss prospect. In fact, in can be argued that Robert Griffin III was thought to be much more of a "sure thing" heading into the 2012 draft than either of these two. I suppose years watching the likes of Nick Foles and Austin Davis quarterback your team might lead any front office to make questionable decisions.