The new Los Angeles Rams executed a blockbuster trade with the Tennessee Titans for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
The deal gives the Rams an opportunity to obtain Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) or Jared Goff (Cal), both regarded as sure-fire NFL standouts in the quarterback position. Speculators will have to wait until Thursday, April 28, to see who they ultimately pick.
In January NFL owners voted in favor of sending the Rams to Los Angeles from St. Louis to play in a proposed $1.86 billion stadium in Inglewood. The Rams will play at the Los Angeles Coliseum until the stadium is completed. The approval of the Rams in Inglewood ends a two-decade drought without an NFL team in Los Angeles.
According to the Rams official website general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher expressed gratitude to Rams owner Stan Kroenke for his support in making the trade with the Titans.
“Mr. Kroenke has continuously supported us as we’ve developed our team to compete for the NFC West title and playoff appearances,” Fisher remarked. “In order to make a move of this magnitude you have to have a good trade partner. We appreciate working with the Titans on an opportunity that can benefit both organizations.”
In addition to receiving the No. 1 pick, the Rams will receive the No. 113 pick in Round 4, and the No. 190 overall pick in Round 6. The Titans get several picks from L.A. in exchange: No. 15, No. 43, No. 45, and No. 76 overall in 2016, and next year’s first- and third-round selections.
According to ESPN, although Los Angeles and Tennessee concluded the trade Wednesday night, the Rams didn’t want to steal any thunder from Kobe Bryant’s final game by announcing it then. The Titans announced the deal at 9 a.m. ET Thursday.
As it turned out it would have been hard to steal Kobe’s thunder. The Black Mamba rocked the sports world by dropping 60 points on the Utah Jazz in his final NBA game.