We’re just a few hours away from the NFL draft, and right now it’s looking like our best hope for a big trade lies with the Tennessee Titans, who hold the No. 2 overall pick and have reportedly spent the day talking to anyone who’ll listen about trading it away.
The only problem for those other teams interested in prying the pick away from the Titans is that Tennessee is reportedly asking for a treasure trove in return.
So just how big of a haul are the Titans looking for? Well, according to an ESPN report filed yesterday, the Browns were dangling two first-round picks—No. 12 and No. 19 overall—in front of the Titans, but that doesn’t seem to have been enough to convince them to pull the trigger. According to The MMQB’s Peter King, who thinks the Eagles have the best shot at moving up to No. 2, it’s going to take at least two first-round picks and another juicy trade chip to get the Titans onboard:
To get the second pick in the draft, the Eagles would have to do one of two things: ship Bradford to Tennessee as part of the deal, or ship Bradford to Cleveland to get a first-round pick, which Kelly would then flip to Tennessee as part of a deal for Mariota. It would take two first-round picks plus something significant, most likely, to get the Oregon passer. Would the Eagles be willing to include their 2016 first-round pick? Or more?
That seems like an exceptionally high asking price for a shot at drafting a guy who is by no means a surefire quarterback prospect, but putting such a big price tag on the pick is exactly what the Titans should be doing. The Titans have two things going for them: There is no established quarterback on the roster blocking Mariota from becoming the starter—thus robbing the Titans of much of their leverage in trade talks—and they seem to be perfectly comfortable with just keeping the pick. So long as that second part remains true (or at least other teams believe it remains true), the Titans will have the upper hand in any trade talks, and they should keep pushing guys like Chip Kelly to do something crazy.