- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Los Angeles Rams have gone Hollywood with one of the splashiest trades in NFL draft history.

The quarterback-strapped Rams sent a collection of picks on Thursday to the Tennessee Titans, freeing the way for coach Jeff Fisher’s team to likely grab the quarterback they covet.

“Our philosophy has always been to build through the draft,” Rams general manager Les Snead said in a statement. “This trade is a reflection of that goal and [owner Stan] Kroenke’s dedication to assembling a winning team on the field.”

Tennessee sent the top pick to the Rams along with its choices in the fourth and sixth rounds. The Rams will give the Titans their first-round pick, No. 15 overall, along with two second-round selections and their third-round pick in the draft, which starts April 28. The Titans also will receive the Rams‘ first- and third-round round picks in the 2017 draft.

Fisher is familiar with such big moves. Four years ago, the Rams made a massive draft-choice deal that led to the Washington Redskins selecting Robert Griffin III.

“In order to make a move of this magnitude you have to have a good trade partner,” Fisher said in a statement. “We appreciate working with the Titans on an opportunity that can benefit both organizations.”

This will be the first time the Rams have held the No. 1 pick since 2010 when they took Sam Bradford, a quarterback they traded to the Philadelphia Eagles last year. The second-round pick the Rams got in that deal now belongs to the Titans.

After struggling with mediocre quarterback play last season, the Rams almost certainly are looking at North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz and California’s Jared Goff, considered the top quarterback prospects.

This is just the seventh trade involving the top overall pick since 1990, and the first since 2004. That was when the San Diego Chargers drafted Eli Manning and traded his rights to the New York Giants, with the Chargers winding up with Philip Rivers.


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