After much speculation about what the Tennessee Titans would do with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, something finally happened.
On Thursday, the Titans officially announced the trade of the top pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for numerous draft picks.
Tennessee will receive the Rams’ first-round pick in this year’s draft (No. 15), two second-round picks (No. 43 and No. 45), and a third-round pick (No. 76).
But wait, there’s more. Los Angeles also gave up their first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
What did the Titans give up? Just their spot at the top, plus a fourth-round pick and sixth-round pick this year. That’s it.
Steal of the century? It may just be.
In case anyone had any concerns about new Titans general manager Jon Robinson, his work thus far this offseason should put all of those to rest. Not only has he added a top free agent in running back DeMarco Murray, but now he’s managed to rack up an absurd amount of value in the draft picks that the Titans have acquired from the Rams.
While there were plenty of Titan fans upset with Jeff Fisher during the latter stages of his tenure in Nashville, the Rams head coach certainly presented the Tennessee franchise with an early Christmas gift with this deal.
The Titans now have a lot of leverage. Rather than focusing on one player at the top, they have the capability to fill a lot more holes on this roster.
Sure, players like Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey could have been the next big thing for this franchise.
However, that possibility still exists with similar players that should be in play when the Titans make their choice at No. 15.
That is, of course, if the Titans actually stay there.
By acquiring such a ridiculous amount of picks, Robinson and company could use one of those to jump up a few spots and still get one of the top players on their draft board. That’s the power that you have when you make such a sweet deal that involves quality spots in the draft.
I mean, really think about that. The Titans now have six picks in the Top 76 of this year’s draft. That’s simply incredible, and once again, it gives this franchise tremendous leverage when it comes to implementing their strategy.
As for who Robinson and his staff will specifically target? Again, it’s all a matter of preference, and whether or not Tennessee stays in their newly found spot.
There are still obvious needs on the offensive line and in the secondary, but wide receiver could be another area that is addressed with the first-round pick.
Ole Miss standout Laquon Treadwell could certainly be an option if he’s still on the board, and TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson is another player with high upside.
When it comes to offensive line, Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin may be the best choices if the Titans decide to go that route. They’d like have to trade up a few spots to get Stanley, but Conklin would likely be there at No. 15.
But no matter which way the Titans decide to go, they’re sitting in much better shape than they were just a few short days ago.
Yes, the allure of the top pick is great. But it’s about building a winning team.
The Titans still have a long way to go. However, thanks to yet another magical piece of work from Robinson, they just took a major step forward in doing that.