And by that I mean they are doing dumb, seemingly flashy things that look good only at an extremely short glance, but is obviously stupid if you are an intelligent person and/or look at it for more than 3 seconds.
(Sorry, SoCal about the headline but we are in the midst of a Sharks-Kings series so my animus towards the lower half of this state is running high.)
I actually started writing this when we were about 20 minutes away from the start of Sharks-Kings, the series for which my life will more or less come to a halt at 7:30 every other day for the next couple of weeks, and I am took a moment to post something completely unrelated.
That’s was because I had just heard a report that is what I would describe as instant must-blog material, and as you can see by the frequency of posts here, that isn’t something that happens a ton.
Basically what happened is that the Los Angeles Rams moved up to acquire the first overall pick in the upcoming draft, which is fine and all, but there are a few issues. First is that they gave up the damn farm in order to bring it in. They gave up a two first rounders (16 and 16) two second rounders (both 16), and two thirds (16 and 17) for the first overall, a fourth and a sixth. Even that wouldn’t be the end of the world. Sure, it means that pretty much any additions that the Rams make to their roster in the next two years will have to come in the form of undrafted free agents, but whatever. I can look past that because the Rams have a pretty good roster outside of the quarterback position, especially because, similar to what I said about the Martin Jones trade as it relates to goalie in the NHL, if you don’t have a dude at QB in the NFL, you are irrelevant.
The problem is that according to a report, they traded for the pick early so that they had time to evaluate Carson Wentz and Jared Goff for two weeks before they made the pick.
So in summation the Rams ENTIRELY mortgaged their ability to build a roster through the draft (in a league where the free agent selection is essentially a scrap heap…so their ability to build a roster period) in order to trade up and take a quarterback-a position that has a 50% first round bust rate, and they AREN’T EVEN SURE WHICH ONE THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE.
Of course they will sell this as ‘well we think that both could be franchise guys and we just want to see which one is franchise guyer, but I’m calling BS. If you are still debating two weeks before the draft that means you aren’t sure about either quarterback. It is 100% analogous to an ‘if you have two you have none’ situation. If one was a franchise guy he would stand out and you would be sure of it.
If you’re going to back a truck of draft picks up and dump them on the Titans’ lawn, you better be damn sure you’re getting a DUDE, and even then, it isn’t a great idea because, again, 50% bust rate.
You know who should know that? THE TEAM THAT ABSOLUTELY FLEECED THE REDSKINS IN THE DEAL THAT SENT RGIII TO WASHINGTON!!! THE TEAM THAT PUT ALL THE PLAYERS THAT THEY ACQUIRED IN THAT DEAL OUT FOR THE COIN TOSS AGAINST THE SKINS. THE RAMS. They literally went “ha we really made fools out of the Redskins on that one…” and then turned around and did the exact same thing. Evidently the guy who was in charge of remembering how lopsided that trade was got left in St. Louis (which would suck if all your friends moved to California and you had to stay in Missouri but I digress). I can’t wait for the Rams to play the Titans and send out all the players that they got in the Wentz/Goff trade. Maybe then it will hit them how stupid this is.