5. Titans and Browns don’t trade first and second overall picks (2016)
Before this year’s deal in which the Chicago Bears sent the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to the Carolina Panthers, the last time the first overall selection was traded was seven years ago.
In 2016, the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns owned the first and second overall picks, respectively, and both franchises would deal them away. The Rams, back in Los Angeles for the first time since 1994, gave up plenty for that first pick and would go on to select University of California quarterback Jared Goff.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles also moved up and swung a deal with the Browns and grabbed the No. 2 choice. Their selection was North Dakota State product Carson Wentz.
In his third season with the Rams and second with head coach Sean McVay, Goff was the club’s starter in Super Bowl LIII vs. the Patriots. One year earlier, Wentz was enjoying an MVP-like campaign with Philadelphia before a torn ACL shelved him late in the year. A few months later, backup Nick Foles led the Eagles to a win in Super Bowl LII. Goff is currently with the Detroit Lions, while Wentz is looking for work.
However, the real questions here regard the Titans and Browns. Would one or both clubs have opted for either of those quarterbacks? Would either team have been a consistent contender?