LOS ANGELES—With the NFL Draft a mere two weeks away, the Los Angeles Rams made a splash that has the whole city yearning for football season.
The Rams are a team that have been on the cusp for a few years now but have lacked a good quarterback at the helm. Sam Bradford gave them a few good years but couldn’t manage to stay healthy so they dealt him to Philadelphia for Nick Foles. The Nick Foles experiment did not pan out and it looked as though Case Keenum was set to be the week one starter, but then the Rams decided to make it interesting.
Like the great Kevin Costner movie “Draft Day,” the Rams pulled off a trade that landed them the number one pick in the NFL Draft beginning on Thursday, April 28. Los Angeles jumped to the number one spot to draft who they believe could be their franchise quarterback.
At this point though it is tough to say which of the top two quarterbacks they will take. Carson Wentz is a big and strong quarterback that would seemingly fit perfect in Coach Fisher’s system, after all, he did have many successful years coaching Steve McNair. But that’s not to scoff at Jared Goff’s potential in the league. We will have to wait until the 28th to see how the blockbuster trade will play out.
The trade saw the Tennessee Titans send the L.A. Rams the top selection along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) this year in exchange for Los Angeles’ first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (No. 43 and No. 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans will also get the Rams’ first-round and third-round picks in 2017.
The deal between the two teams actually finalized on Wednesday night, but the Rams didn’t want to take any focus away from local legend Kobe Bryant’s last game. The trade was announced at 9:00 a.m. ET Thursday.
“There was no need for the news of the trade to get out while Kobe was playing his last game,” one Rams official told ESPN. “Kobe deserved his night, and there was no reason for this trade to be announced on his night.”
The Rams will hope that this number overall pick will work out better than their 2010 top selection Sam Bradford.