With the NFL Draft less than a month away, speculation is beginning to stir surrounding the first overall pick of the draft, which is currently owned by the Tennessee Titans.
On the Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter joined host Anthony Gargano’s Morning Show and he said he believes the Titans will at some point trade away their first overall pick.
Schefter says a number of teams will be interested, primarily to draft North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz ahead of the Cleveland Browns at the number two overall pick.
He referenced several teams who could potentially be interested, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and the San Francisco 49ers.
The interview can be heard here, and the conversation regarding trading the first overall pick begins around the 4:21 mark.
"Schefter: It’s conceivable (Wentz) could be the first pick of the draft. Very conceivable, and I don’t expect him to last much beyond past pick two or three. He’ll be gone within the first three picks and there’s a real chance he goes number one."
"Gargano: Yea, its amazing. Think about it, he’s going to be the number one pick because someone will trade up with Tennessee…"
"Schefter: That’s what I believe ultimately. Ultimately what I believe is that the Titans are going to sift through this, weigh their options and their offers and decide how far down are we willing to go based on the price we’re getting back."
Schefter sited the 2012 draft when the Rams traded away the second overall pick to the Redskins in a silent auction-type setting. He said the Rams went to the teams interested, mainly the Browns and Redskins, and said give us your best offer today. Cleveland came back with three first round picks, and the Redskins one-upped them by offering that and a second round pick.
With Marcus Mariota already in the fold, the Tennessee Titans are settled for the foreseen future at the position. Their biggest need is at the offensive line, which is one of the deepest position classes this year. Laremy Tunsil from Ole Miss is name that has been heavily connected, but players such as Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley and Michigan State’s Jack Conklin are also highly touted.
For a team rebuilding like the Titans, getting a massive package to trade down only a couple of spots would be franchise altering. It could be even bigger depending on what team gives out and offers the farm for that pick.
Schefter also said he believes Wentz and Cal quarterback Jared Goff could both be gone by the fourth pick, meaning a team could trade up to one and the Cleveland Browns could take the remaining option if they stay at number two.