The Los Angeles Rams kicked off what looks to be a wild draft weekend when they traded up from 15th to the first overall pick in the 2016 draft. Since that trade was announced, there had been reports that the Cleveland Browns could be working on trade options to move out of the second overall pick. Those reports were proven were confirmed Wednesday afternoon when it was announced that they had reached a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
#Eagles were the most aggressive team trying to move up to No. 2 after trying to move up to No. 1. A week before the draft, fireworks.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 20, 2016
Eagles get: 2016 1st RD (#2), 2017 4th RD.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 20, 2016
Browns get: 2016 1st RD (#8), 2016 3rd RD (#77), 2016 4th RD (#100), 2017 1st RD, 2018 2nd RD.
This is the second trade the Eagles have made this offseason, swapping first round choices with the Miami Dolphins to get the eighth overall pick. In Ed's yearly edition of his "Rules For Draft Success" he mentions that it's only smart to trade up when it is for a quarterback, and you need a quarterback. In all likelihood the Eagles will be drafting whichever signal caller the Rams don't select.
And they had better have good evaluations of both Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, because this will be the seventh time that quarterbacks have gone first and second in the draft -- and it's not a pretty history. With the exception of the 2015 draft (it's still too early to tell), when quarterbacks are selected with the first two picks, one has at the very least struggled.
2015 - Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota
2012 - Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III
1999 - Tim Couch and Donovan McNabb
1998 - Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf
1993 - Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer
1971 - Jim Plunkett and Archie Manning *note: Archie was a very good quarterback, but he landed on a terrible team. Plunkett had success once he reached the Oakland Raiders
There have also been reports that the San Diego Chargers have been getting interest in the third overall pick, and that the Tennessee Titans are interested in moving back into the Top 10 for an offensive tackle.
We still don't know how this will affect the New York Giants or rest of the Top 10, but it seems likely that at least one more deal will be made. What we do know is that mock drafts are disappearing in a flash.