After a night and early morning dominated by NBA news, the NFL just retook the news cycle in a major way.
The Tennessee Titans just traded the first overall pick in the draft to the Los Angeles Rams. They are getting massive, Herschel Walker-level haul in exchange for moving from first down to the 15th pick.
But this isn’t TitanTalk.com, is it? Obviously, we’re concerned about what this means for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Rams’ willingness to send so many picks (2016 & 2017 first-round picks, two 2016 second round picks, and 2016 & 2017 third round picks) can mean only one thing: quarterback. You don’t throw that many picks at any other position.
The Titans were obviously not going to be taking a QB, having done that last year with Marcus Mariota. The switch to the Rams creates a major ripple effect that will impact the Cowboys at the fourth-overall spot.
In my last mock draft I had the following top 8 picks:
- Titans – Laremy Tunsil, OT
- Browns – Carson Wentz, QB
- Chargers – Jalen Ramsey, DB
- Cowboys – Myles Jack, LB
- Jaguars – Joey Bosa, DE
- Ravens – DeForest Buckner, DE
- 49ers – Jared Goff, QB
- Eagles – Ezekiel Elliott, RB
This could be a dream come true for Dallas if it means Jalen Ramsey gets pushed down to them. Many expect the Chargers to take Tunsil, a franchise left tackle, if he’s available. If the Rams and Browns both take quarterbacks then Tunsil falls to San Diego and Ramsey probably gets a star on his next helmet.
Obviously, this is bad news if the Cowboys were wanting a quarterback themselves. Even if the Browns don’t take one then it increases the likelihood of the 49ers or some other team trying to move into the top three to take whoever the Rams don’t.
On the other hand, if Dallas isn’t looking for a quarterback and Ramsey still goes to San Diego, it gives them even more leverage to pull off a trade down of their own. They won’t get what the Titans did, but they could end up with an extra second or third-round pick for their trouble.
There will be plenty more analysis of this shake up in the coming days. For now, we can clearly state that opens up several new dynamics for the Cowboys.