Titans win big, 49ers hurt in blockbuster deal for top pick

Werder: Trade minimal risk for Rams (1:55)

Ed Werder says the Rams acquired the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft to take a QB, most likely Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. He also says the risk is minimal for the Rams, who face a must-win situation in their first season in Los Angeles. (1:55)

To win over the Los Angeles market, the Rams made the bold move to trade for the No. 1 pick to take a quarterback.

Moves this big create winners and losers. Let's go to the scoreboard:


Tennessee Titans: The Titans were in an uncomfortable position at No. 1 because they didn't need to draft a left tackle, quarterback or pass-rusher, and it might have been tough to take defensive back Jalen Ramsey there. They now have six picks in the first three rounds -- four in the first two -- plus a No. 1 and a No. 3 next year. They got a huge haul.

Jared Goff: Even if the Rams take Carson Wentz with the top pick, Goff has a great chance to go to the Cleveland Browns at No. 2. The trade reminds teams the value of a quarterback and might eliminate any second thoughts of Cleveland passing on a QB with the second pick.

San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys: With two quarterbacks almost certainly going in the first two picks, the Chargers and Cowboys, who own the third and fourth overall picks, know they have their choice of the top non-QBs in the draft.

Denver Broncos: Although this pretty well ends the Colin Kaepernick trade option, it could allow Paxton Lynch to become more of an option for Denver. Had the Rams stayed at the No. 15 pick, they might have taken Lynch there. It's possible he could drop to the Broncos at No. 31 or be close enough to acquire in a trade. The trade also could put Nick Foles on John Elway's radar if the Rams cut him.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford: At least he doesn't have to worry about the Eagles trading up to take a quarterback. Owner Jeff Lurie went along with the front office, which has evaluated the top quarterbacks in the draft. Bradford would be in a one-and-done situation if the Eagles draft a quarterback in the first round. Now he might have some stability.

Titans LT Taylor Lewan: With the Titans no longer in position to take Laremy Tunsil, Lewan doesn't have to move to right tackle. If the Titans go for an offensive lineman in the draft, they can target a right tackle.


San Francisco 49ers and QB Colin Kaepernick: If Wentz and Goff go in the first two picks, the option of drafting a quarterback ends, unless the Niners reach to take Lynch at No. 7. That's unlikely. Whether it's uncomfortable or not, Kaepernick looks like he's staying in San Francisco now that the second QB in the draft likely won't fall to the seventh pick. If he really wants out, the 49ers now aren't in a position to accommodate a trade, unless they can somehow get a second-round choice. They need to keep Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, which should please new coach Chip Kelly.

QB Nick Foles: With a rookie quarterback coming in and Case Keenum already ahead of him, Foles' days with the Rams are near an end.

QB Paxton Lynch: With the Rams no longer at No. 15, Lynch doesn't have a guarantee he would be drafted by the middle of the first round. At least he knows he's the next quarterback teams will be targeting.

LT Laremy Tunsil: The Ole Miss star probably would have gone to the Titans with the first pick. Now he might fall to No. 6 unless the Chargers take him at No. 3. The Cowboys and Jaguars, who have the fourth and five picks, aren't looking for a left tackle in the draft.

Rams draft junkies: What will they do in between Los Angeles' picks? The Rams have the No. 1 pick, and then their next selection is in the fourth round, No. 110 overall. They'll have to sit out Day 2 completely, though it will be worth it if they can hit on a quarterback at the top of the draft.