The Tennessee Titans have traded the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft to the Los Angeles Rams for a collection of picks in one of the biggest deals in league history.
In exchange for moving up 14 spots, the Rams will send the Titans a bounty of draft picks: the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft, two second-round picks (Nos. 43 and 45), a third-round pick (No. 76), as well as their first- and third-round picks in 2017.
In addition to the first overall pick, the Titans will send the Rams their fourth-round pick this year (No. 113) and their sixth-rounder (No. 177).
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) April 14, 2016
With this trade the Rams can now draft the quarterback of their choice.
“Our philosophy has always been to build through the draft,” Rams general manager Les Snead said in a statement. “This trade is a reflection of that goal and Mr. Kroenke’s dedication to assembling a winning team on the field. We appreciate his commitment as we continue to improve our roster and lay the foundation for our future through this year’s draft.”
The Titans now has six of this draft’s first 76 picks and will use it to rebuild.
“It is not often that you have the No. 1 overall pick and we hope to not be in this position again, but we tried to use that pick as currency to work the draft and maximize player acquisition,” general manager Jon Robinson said in a statement.
“I would say it doesn’t knock us out of any player except one,” Robinson said. “We now have the ammunition to work the draft and acquire players that are good for this football team. In terms of timing, it made sense for us to do this now as it gives us time to adjust and make sure we target more players.”
Apparently the trade was completed last night but Jeff Fisher did not want to take away from Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game.