If there is anyone who knows something about being a part of a big move to jumpstart a franchise, it's Marshall Faulk. Now Faulk weighs in on the Rams' big trade, acquiring the No. 1 overall pick in exchange for the first half of their 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts. Faulk was traded for a second- and fifth-round pick, and he signed the largest deal in Rams history at the time. Both the Rams and Faulk were greatly rewarded for their investment, and now the Rams are hoping to recreate history with this move.
Whether or not the move to No. 1 represents seriousness on behalf of the Rams is certainly subjective. As with most things, there are several different lenses through which this transaction can be viewed. On the one hand, the Rams feel strongly enough about the top half of the Draft that they were willing to give up six draft picks to get a deal done. On the dominant hand, the Rams essentially gave away the first half of their 2016 and 2017 draft classes. There is a chance the Rams could parlay this pick into a lower pick to recoup some of that, but it's too early to know if that's the plan.
Regardless of what the Rams do, any period of grace general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher may have had is now gone. The ability to draft and develop worthy players is critical to the "rebuilding" argument and by trading those picks away, the Rams have effectively signaled that they intend to win now. They will be judged by that standard and now judgement day will come much sooner. Fortunately for Fisher and Snead, they do not answer to the press. They answer to owner Stan Kroenke and he definitely had a hand in this move.
It will be interesting to see what happens from here on in, but the Rams are officially on the clock for the Draft and rapidly producing a winning product.