Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson is fast building his reputation and legend in Nashville as a wheeler-dealer and fan favorite for his work in the infancy of his tenure with the Titans,
In just three months on the job, already Robinson has stirred the passions and expectation of the fan base with two major moves the likes of which haven't been seen in Nashville in recent memory. Last month he traded fourth round picks with Philadelphia to acquire running back DeMarco Murray, and on Thursday it was announced that he, and the TItans have found a trade partner and dealt the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft to the Los Angeles Rams for a bevy of picks in return.
Included in the deal. the Titans send Los Angles the top pick (1 overall), their fourth round pick (117) and one of two sixth round picks (177).
In return the Titans receive the Rams first round pick (15 overall), two second round picks (43 &45), a third round pick (76) and the Rams first round and third round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Not a bad return at all for Robinson and the Titans as the continue to try to reshape the teams roster for the upcoming season.
So who won this trade?
Scout.com publisher Tim Yotter wrote a great piece earlier Thursday breaking down the winner and loser- though if the Rams get a franchise quarterback at number one, there won't be a real loser- in this deal. Here are Tim's numbers on the trade via the draft value chart.
- 15th pick = 1050 points
- 43rd pick = 470 points
- 45th pick = 450 points
- 76th pick = 210 points
Total 2016 points = 2,180 points
- 1st round (assuming 15th overall) = 1050 in current-year points
- 3rd round (assuming 79th overall) = 195 in current-year points
Titans total = 3,425 points
- 1st pick = 3,000 points
- 113th pick = 68 points
- 177th pick = 21.8 points
Rams total = 3,089.8 points
Based on those numbers, the Titans are the big winners in the deal, at least on the front end as every pick the Titans received is higher than those received by the Rams. All but one of course, and that one, the top overall pick is the reason the Rams made the move up.
Carson Wentz or Jared Goff will likely now find their name called at the top of the drafton April 28, and the Titans will sit patiently and wait for the fifteenth pick. ROunds two and three however will be much more interesting and busy for them.
In listening to responses of Titans fans on social media, the overwhelming majority approve of the deal in spite of the speculation and desire of fans to see the team select either Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil, or Florida State corner/safety Jalen Ramsey at number one,
In the end, the Titans now have six selections in the top 76 picks overall, and nine total selections in the entire draft.
Robinson did not rule out making a move back up in round one, or making more deals for additional picks in the draft, so those numbers might not be where the Titans ultimately sit come draft day, Time will tell, but Robinson is certainly making life interesting for those of us who cover the team, and for fans of the franchise.