L.A. Rams trade up to acquire No. 1 pick from Titans

In a stunning move that shakes up the top of the draft and almost ensures that the Rams will be starting a rookie quarterback in 2016, the Tennessee Titans traded the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to the , both teams announced Thursday morning.

The Rams, previously selecting at No. 15, are one of the lowest-picking team in NFL history to trade up to the No. 1 spot. The move, however, did not come cheap.

It is essentially the Rams’ karmic payback for fleecing the Redskins back in 2012 for a treasure trove of picks that led to the selection of Robert Griffin III jersey. The terms are as follows: Tennessee gets: Rams’ first-round pick (2016), two second-round picks (2016), a third-round pick (2016), a first-round pick (2017) and another third-round pick (2017).

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The acquisition has to be seen as a coup for new Titans general manager . Already equipped with his quarterback of the future — — there were needs across the board that can now be addressed immediately. This year’s draft has been viewed as one of the deepest for certain positions in half a decade, and the Titans now have the chance to fill several holes instead of one.

The Rams, on the other hand, are taking a gigantic risk. Prepping for the first season in Los Angeles, the team wanted to arrive on scene with a new face of the franchise. It is almost a guarantee that the Rams will end up with either Carson Wentz or . NFL Media’s reported the Rams already have conducted on-campus workouts with both quarterbacks. They likely made the move fearing that the quarterback-needy Browns would take their preferred choice at No. 2.

“It is not often that you have the number one overall pick and we hope to not be in this position again, but we tried to use that pick as currency to work the draft and maximize player acquisition,” Robinson said in a statement. “Being able to acquire six picks in the top 76 this year and additional picks next year, not only helps our depth but gives us ammunition to move in this year’s draft and next. I know we now have the number 15 pick, but I would say it doesn’t knock us out of any player except one. We now have the ammunition to work the draft and acquire players that are good for this football team. In terms of timing, it made sense for us to do this now as it gives us time to adjust and make sure we target more players.”

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This is the seventh time since 1990 that the No. 1 pick has been traded. The last? In 2004, when the Chargers dealt to the Giants.

This is also the most lucrative draft deal since the 2012 RGIII trade, which netted the Rams a bedrock of franchise players.

The Rams have now truly engrained themselves in Hollywood — so it goes with an aggressive owner in a new market with a team that has not had a winning record since 2003 or a playoff appearance since 2004. The team is also participating in HBO’s training camp series, Hard Knocks, this August in an effort to drum up interest and acquire new fans in Los Angeles.

The last time the Rams attempted to select a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick, they ended up with Sam Bradford. At the time, Bradford was viewed as a can’t-miss prospect and one of the cleanest quarterbacks to hit the draft since . Bradford finished his tenure in St. Louis with an 18-30-1 record, a 58.6 completion percentage, 11,065 passing yards, 59 touchdowns and 38 interceptions.

Not in Tinseltown. Los Angeles is the land of stars. It’s the city of Magic, Kareem, Kobe, , Clayton Kershaw, , Chris Paul jersey, Blake Griffin and Eric Dickerson jersey.

The Rams really planned to move into the most narcissistic city in the country with an undrafted, mediocre talent at the most important position in sports? Case Keenum’s face on posters isn’t selling promise or tickets in Los Angeles.

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Seattle Seahawks Nike Limited JerseyFisher, a Southern California native, understands the pulse of the city. The coach gets it so much that, according to NFL Media columnist Michael Silver, the Rams delayed announcing the blockbuster trade for the No. 1 overall pick until Thursday because they didn’t want to upstage Kobe Bryant’s final game with the Lakers.

Fisher told reporters during a news conference Thursday the deal with the Titans was done around 8 p.m. ET Wednesday. The Rams gave up a huge haul, but a chance to snag a franchise quarterback is priceless. Ask a team without one. Ask Rams fans about the past half-dozen years.

Snead blew smoke at the combine, insisting quarterback isn’t a vital need and that winning is possible with replacement-level talent at the position. Thursday’s trade shows he knows otherwise.

Los Angeles is now in a position to select either Cal quarterback Jared Goff jersey or North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz, the consensus top two signal-callers in the draft. NFL Media’s Albert Breer reported the Rams have already conducted on-campus workouts with both.

Either could provide a promising future, even if the team says from the outset they aren’t ready from Day 1. As we saw with Blake Bortles in Jacksonville, a promising quarterback can force his way onto the field and spark enthusiasm throughout the fan base.

With the rookie salary wage, Los Angeles will also have a quarterback under contract for the next five years well under market value, allowing them to beef up other positions and ditch the string of 7-9 seasons.

Here is a snapshot of an NFL press box on game day: rows of media, team personnel and opposing scouts.

So it was a bit of a surprise when I saw Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie in the back of the press box during Saturday’s Chiefs-Rams game in Los Angeles. It is not common to see general managers scouting pro games — they are usually tending to their teams or scouting collegiate prospects.

McKenzie told me that since the Raiders played a Thursday game, he felt he could make a short flight to watch the Chargers on Friday and Chiefs on Saturday so he could get an advanced look at his AFC West rivals. He also was checking out talent that might become available when rosters are trimmed down.

McKenzie said that he can watch players on film and break down reports from his scouts, but seeing guys compete in person gives him a better evaluation of how they can fit into the Raiders’ schemes. The fact that he was getting a first-hand look at Chiefs players really shouldn’t have been too shocking, since he’s signed two of their top free agents (center Rodney Hudson and cornerback Sean Smith) the past two seasons.

McKenzie has stocked Oakland’s roster with plenty of talent over the past few seasons, and now the Raiders are a legitimate threat to win the AFC West. His worker-bee style and hands-on approach to talent evaluation is a reason why.