Last week, the Los Angeles Rams gave a king's ransom to move up to No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. It was a bombshell out of left field, but now a second one in as many weeks has just upended the draft order yet again. Now the news is in that the Philadelphia Eagles have traded for the No. 2 overall pick, sending a swath of picks to the Cleveland Browns, including their 2017 first-round draft pick.
It's almost certain to expect that the Eagles and Rams will each take a quarterback, and those quarterbacks are very likely to be Jared Goff and Carson Wentz; in what order we won't suspect. We're still processing what this all means for the Lions and should have that coming in shortly, but for now it's just a matter of sitting back and marveling at what madness is transpiring.
A few weeks ago no one was talking about Wentz or Goff as sure-fire prospects. Now two teams in major markets have ostensibly traded away their immediate draft futures to try to rush to take one of the two. As they do so, Cleveland and Tennessee have set themselves up to reap what they hope to be a better year in 2017 -- or at the very least keep those picks to trade into better positions in the future.
By the way, the Eagles gave Sam Bradford a 2-year, $36 million deal back in March. While they could possibly make a move that isn't quarterback, the good money is that they still take Wentz or Goff -- which makes the trade even more baffling. They could of course draft one of the two quarterbacks and sit him behind Bradford to develop (as seems to be indicated as Eagles vice-president Howie Roseman declares that "Bradford is our starting quarterback"). The trick will be whether the price becomes worth it and if their quarterback becomes something that will be worth the price they just paid.
The Lions will play both the Eagles and Rams in 2016, on back-to-back weeks.