Going into the combine, most experts seemed fairly convinced about how the first two picks in this year’s draft would play out.
Theoretically the Tennessee Titans would draft Laremy Tunsil and the Cleveland Browns would choose from one of the many names being thrown around at what appeared to be a fairly weak quarterback position.
So far the name mentioned the most, in regards to the Browns, had been Cal quarterback, Jared Goff.
However, not even the people who were saying it sounded convinced that he was a top two pick.
There were also other intruiging names out there like Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook and Carson Wentz, but would the Browns be willing to risk making anything but the safest pick in attempting to break their quarterback curse?
Lynch’s style might be a bit unpredictable for some critic’s taste.
Cook would probably have too high of a learning curve for a team needing to win immediately.
Wentz had huge success but at a small school.
Then that all changed.
Since Wentz has seemingly legitimized his numbers by having a terrific combine, he was able to get the rumor mill going at full force.
Now it’s being said that the Titans who just so happened to draft their franchise quarterback with the 2nd overall pick in 2015, are very content with their current left tackle and weren’t planning on drafting o-line with their pick in the first place.
As a matter of fact, it seems they may have their sights set on a certain cornerback and just may be willing to trade down to get him.
Ironically, that very corner has been predicted by many experts to fall to one of the spots directly below the Cowboys who have the 4th overall pick and who were also rumored to have had interest in Wentz even before the combine ever began.
Just a few days ago the first overall pick seemed to have very little trade value…
Is it possible that the Titans feel that has abruptly changed and have decided to capitalize on their good fortune by selecting a possible trade partner who may be willing to leapfrog the Browns to grab Wentz?
That would put Cleveland in an even more precarious situation if their mind is set on Wentz being the savior of their franchise.
Would they be willing to get into a dog-fight with the Cowboys or possibly another team, to make a trade that would allow them to move up one spot, just to put even more pressure on the young quarterback?
I mean, after spending 7 of their 12 picks on defense in last year’s draft and also adding an Offensive Lineman, Wide Receiver, Half Back, Tight End and a Full Back, haven’t the Browns set themselves up perfectly to take a quarterback in the first round this year?
Any other time I would cross my fingers that Cleveland would choose any other position in the draft, but for some reason this year taking a quarterback just seems to make perfect sense.
They are only one year removed from a 7-9 season and may be getting Josh Gordon back in 2016. With the right signal caller in place, they could possibly surprise the league and make another run at the playoffs.
In the meantime, the Cowboys are trying to deflect attention by making it very clear that they are sold on Tony Romo and plan on making a pick that will allow them to win now.
But when’s the last time we’ve known them to make a rational decision?
And even if they did, there are plenty of other teams who would benefit from moving up.
The Rams just cleared some cap space and would probably love to make an even bigger splash during their return to Los Angeles.
The 49ers and Colin Kaepernick don’t seem sure about their feelings for each other.
Sam Bradford’s Philadelphia experiment has apparently gone awry…
And Hell, even the Chargers could consider moving up.
However, it’s possible that after all this, the Titans really do just want Jalen Ramsey.
They were able to see into the future well enough to realize, that if they confused all of those other teams and got them into a bidding war…
They might end up with a butt load of draft picks and still be able to steal Laremy Tunsil.