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The Tennessee Titans have traded the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft to the Los Angeles Rams as part of a package that will give them four of the first 45 picks in the draft.

The Titans have packaged the first pick overall, along with the fourth-round pick they acquired in the DeMarco Murray (No. 113 overall) and a sixth-round choice (No. 177 overall) to the Rams in exchange for the Rams’ first-round pick at No. 15, second round picks (No. 43 and 45 overall), a third-round pick (No. 76 overall) and the Rams first and third-round picks in the 2017 draft.

By making this trade, the Titans, who had been interested in auctioning off the first pick for a bounty, have nine selections overall in this year’s draft, with which to work. This will allow Tennessee to make moves up or down as need to move in the draft to target whatever player or players they want to do.

Having four picks in the first two rounds and six choices in the first three rounds, the Titans now are able to replenish a roster that has needed depth.

“It is not often that you have the number one overall pick and we hope to not be in this position again, but we tried to use that pick as currency to work the draft and maximize player acquisition,” said Titans General Manager Jon Robinson. “Being able to acquire six picks in the top 76 this year and additional picks next year, not only helps our depth but gives us ammunition to move in this year’s draft and next. I know we now have the number 15 pick, but I would say it doesn’t knock us out of any player except one. We now have the ammunition to work the draft and  acquire players that are good for this football team. In terms of timing, it made sense for us to do this now as it gives us time to adjust and make sure we target more players.”

Until this trade went down the Titans had been busy evaluating players at the top of the draft like Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey, Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil and Oregon defensive linemen DeForest Buckner.

Now, the Titans have opted for looking at quantity, believing that perhaps there was not enough difference in the top tier of players and those who are likely to in the middle of the first round.

With the first pick in hand, the Rams now can go after a quarterback and have their choice of Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, knowing that the Browns at No. 2 also have their eye on a new quarterback.