Major NFL trade could cost Laremy Tunsil No. 1 overall selection
Did you have former Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil penciled in as the No. 1 overall pick in this month’s NFL Draft?
It may be time to get out the eraser.
The Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Rams shocked the NFL world on Thursday morning by reportedly agreeing to the terms of a blockbuster trade for the top pick in the draft.
According to ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky, the trade is expected to go down like this:
The Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Rams agreed to terms on a trade that would see Tennessee trade the number one overall pick, along with their fourth round (113 overall) and sixth round (177 overall) picks this year to the Rams, in exchange for the Rams first round pick (15), two second round (43 and 45) selections and third round (76) pick in 2016; along with the Rams first round pick and third round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Titans now own nine selections in the 2016 Draft, including six of the top 76 picks in the draft.
So how does this impact Tunsil’s draft stock?
Well, the Titans already have a franchise QB in former Heisman winner Marcus Mariota, and were expected to use that top selection to invest in some protection for him on the offensive line.
Tunsil has graded out as the best option there, so it made sense to count the Rebels star as the clear favorite for the No. 1 overall selection.
But not anymore.
The Rams have a glaring hole at the QB position, and their willingness to give up so much to move to the top of the draft makes it all but a given that they’re eyeing a QB with that newly acquired selection.
Carson Wentz and Jared Goff are considered the top options at that position.
Cleveland, which holds the No. 2 overall pick, is also in search of a franchise QB after releasing former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel earlier this year.
That means, barring another trade, Tunsil is likely to slip to at least the No. 3 selection. San Diego holds that draft slot, and is likely to be in the market for offensive line help.