Draft blockbuster: Titans trade No. 1 pick to Los Angeles
Bucs general manager Jason Licht will hold his annual pre-draft news conference today at noon, and well, at least there's something he can joke about before coyly not disclosing much about what the Bucs will do at No. 9.
The Tennessee Titans, with former Bucs executive Jon Robinson as first-year general manager, made a blockbuster trade Thursday morning, sending the No. 1 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a package of six picks -- the No. 15 overall pick this year, the Rams' No. 1 in 2017, two second-rounders this year (No. 43 and 45) and a third-rounder this year and next. Tennessee will send the Rams a fourth- and sixth-round pick this year as part of the deal.
It's a massive trade of picks, the biggest since the Redskins gave up a ton to get Robert Griffin III from the Rams in 2012. As the Rams move to Los Angeles, it gives them a marquee franchise player -- likely QB Jared Goff or Carson Wentz -- and for the Titans, who already have a franchise QB in Marcus Mariota, it gives them six picks on the first two days of drafts to build a supporting cast around him.
What does it mean for the Bucs? As they try to deal Mike Glennon, this is a trade that takes away a potential suitor in the Rams, and also makes it more likely that Los Angeles trades backup Nick Foles, who has had more NFL success in his brief career and is under contract longer. The Bucs could still have viable trade partners in the Jets, Broncos or even the 49ers if they deal Colin Kaepernick and don't like their options on a rookie quarterback.
The Titans now have four picks in the top 45 of the draft, so it's certainly possible they'd try to package some of them to trade back up from No. 15 -- in theory, Licht and Robinson could help each other out if Tennessee wanted to trade up to No. 9 and was willing to part with a second-day pick to do so. If the Bucs saw little dropoff at the positions they covet between 9 and 15, they could add another pick to help address their multiple needs.
For the Bucs drafting at No. 9, it was a strong possibility that two quarterbacks would have gone in the top eight picks already, and the more QBs that go in the top eight, the more talented players at other positions that fall and are available at 9 -- it's still very unlikely that would include a top corner like FSU's Jalen Ramsey or a pass-rusher like Ohio State's Joey Bosa, but you could argue it's a little less unlikely now.