The NFL world was stunned Thursday when the Los Angeles Rams traded the proverbial farm for the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft from the Tennessee Titans. Although the Pittsburgh Steelers draft in the No. 25th position in the upcoming draft, and although most might think a blockbuster trade like this doesn't impact those in the back end of the first round -- think again.
Take a look at what was traded during this deal which went down late Wednesday night, and announced Thursday morning.
Titans get:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2016
1st (15 overall)
1st-rd pick in 2017
3rd-rd pick in 2017
1st (No. 1)
There are a lot of picks moving around here on both sides of the fence, but let's just focus on the first round. This certainly will impact those who choose after the top 5, but even trickle down to the Steelers.
I know what most of you are thinking, "How in the world would these two teams making trades in the top 10 impact the Steelers' pick at No. 25?" Well, let me explain.
It was a foregone conclusion the Titans were going to draft Jeremy Tunsil, offensive tackle from Ole Miss, as the first overall draft pick. However, with the team trading the top pick to Los Angeles, the top pick will almost certainly be a quarterback and not an offensive tackle. Suddenly, a team who picks in the early rounds who is looking for an offensive tackle, or a team who was thinking about one of the top quarterbacks in this class, has a new scenario playing out in front of them.
How does this play into the hands of the Steelers? Easy. If a team had a position like offensive tackle high on their draft board, but were looking to address another need, say defensive line, with their first pick thinking the top tackles will be gone, now could have a chance to take the tackle they desire. Doing so could free up a defensive line prospect like Andrew Billings.
This ripple effect can go clear to Day 2 of the NFL Draft process, and the Steelers could benefit from the trade which went down early Thursday morning. Unfortunately, no one knows for certain how the chips may fall when the picks start flying, but one this is for sure -- you never know what can happen. No one thought Bud Dupree would be available in 2015, and he was there for the picking. The same scenario could play itself out again with a number of prospects the Steelers covet.
Needless to say, this trade put the wheels in motion for the NFL Draft to be even more exciting than it already is.