In a shocking move, the Tennessee Titans announced this morning that they have traded the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Los Angeles Rams. The news was first posted to the Titans' team website, which contained details of the trade.
All in all, the Titans receive six draft picks in exchange for the top pick:
- 2016 first-round pick (#15 overall)
- 2016 second-round pick (#43)
- 2016 second-round pick (#45)
- 2016 third-round pick (#76)
- 2017 first-round pick
- 2017 third-round pick
In addition to the first overall selection, Tennessee also gives up this year's 4th-round pick (#113) and 6th-round pick (#177).
That's an absurd amount of draft capital added in a move down from 1 to 15 and it bodes well for the Titans, who spent the second overall selection on quarterback Marcus Mariota one year ago. They should be able to fill numerous holes on the roster thanks to their added selections in order to build a team around Mariota.
The Rams, on the other hand, have given up a massive draft haul after being on the other end of a similar trade a few years ago; they traded the second overall pick in the 2012 draft to Washington, who selected Robert Griffin III, and in return got the 2012 sixth overall pick, the 39th selection in that year's draft, plus Washington's 2013 and 2014 first-round picks. They later moved back from 6 to 14 in 2012 and added yet another second-round pick.
SB Nation's Music City Miracles refers to this trade as a "heck of a deal" for the Titans, while Turf Show Times seem to still be in shock, simply calling it a "monster trade."