The Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans made the NFL Draft a bit more exciting on Thursday when they announced a trade for the first overall pick. It was a shocking move -- even a historic one with the Rams making the biggest jump to the No. 1 pick ever -- and brought back memories of the Robert Griffin III trade from four years ago.
The trade caught just about everyone off guard, including the always-wheeling-and-dealing Jerry Jones. The Dallas Cowboys owner is no stranger to big trades, having pulled off many in his days -- the biggest involving Herschel Walker.
"I was surprised, but knowing the organization I'm not surprised," Jones said via ESPN. "They're really showing their colors. Step out there and go to Los Angeles, and then when you look at how they're setting their sails and it doesn't surprise me at all with what they're looking for in the future. It goes to show you certainly need to be thinking about your moves way in advance of the draft if you're going to go this early. I applaud them. It sounds like they got [what] they wanted. Then you've got to look at Tennessee and see all those draft picks. I didn't know Herschel Walker was still around."
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Granted, the Rams didn't give up nearly as much as the Minnesota Vikings did to land Walker in 1989. In that trade, the Cowboys received five players and eight picks, including three first-round picks and three second-rounders. The Titans, on the other hand, received two second-rounders in 2016 in addition to the No. 15 overall selection, as well as a first- and third-round pick in 2017.
It's obvious that this swap doesn't come close to the Cowboys-Vikings trade more than 25 years ago, but it certainly was a big move. And it's a move that directly impacts the Cowboys, who will pick at No. 4.
"Well, I don't want to make any assumptions, but yeah, it does impact because that kind of movement up ahead of you in a lot of different ways it took a lot of the consideration out of the marketplace," Jones said.
The Cowboys, who have shown clear interest in this year's top quarterback prospects, likely won't have the chance to take either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff when they pick. The Rams are expected to take one of the two, with the Cleveland Browns likely landing the other. Whether Dallas is serious about taking Tony Romo's successor isn't clear-cut. It could be all smokescreens and jostling to drive up the value of the pick.
Strangely enough, if the Cowboys' interest in the quarterbacks is overplayed, the trade works in their favor. It will likely lead to a guy like Jalen Ramsey or Joey Bosa falling to them at No. 4, both of whom would help shore up the defense.