The Los Angeles Rams made a huge gamble with their future last week by trading four 2016 draft picks and two 2017 picks to the Tennessee Titans for the No. 1 overall pick in next week’s NFL Draft.
The Rams hope the gamble will result in a franchise quarterback who will play with them for the next decade.
LA made a similar move in 2012, but were on the receiving end of the picks. They acquired four draft picks from Washington in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick. Washington drafted Robert Griffin III with the pick.
LA may soon find out that having the No. 1 overall pick in the draft is not as glamorous as it seems, and a trade like this is not always worth the price on a number of levels.
There have been 15 No. 1 overall picks since 2000 and 10 of those draft picks have gone on to play in at least one pro bowl. However, only one of those 15 picks have gone on to win a Super Bowl (Eli Manning).
The No. 1 pick gives teams a chance to draft one of the best players available and build around him. It does not guarantee the team’s future.
This year’s draft is filled with many talented players at each position, but one player hasn’t separated himself from the rest of the field. This puts teams like the Browns, Chargers, Cowboys and Jaguars in very good positions. There is always a possibility a team who is in the lower part of the draft may attempt to trade into the top-five allowing one of those teams to stockpile draft picks.
The Rams have taken a huge risk by trading six draft picks for the No.1 overall pick. They are not one player away from a Super Bowl. LA has numerous holes on its roster and should have used those picks to build toward the future.
LA cannot afford to make a JaMarcus Russell type of mistake and set the team back another five years.
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