The Los Angeles Rams trading up to the top spot in the 2016 draft is just the kind of bold move Jerry Jones the Oil Man lives for, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that in the wake of the swap, the Dallas Cowboys owner applauded both the Rams and the Titans—even going so far as to suggest that, from the Titans’ end, the trade reminded him of the Herschel Walker trade that set the stage for the Cowboys’ dynasty of the 1990s.
“I was surprised, but knowing the organization I’m not surprised,” Jones said of the Rams, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “They’re really showing their colors. Step out there and go to Los Angeles, and then when you look at how they’re setting their sails and it doesn’t surprise me at all with what they’re looking for in the future. It goes to show you certainly need to be thinking about your moves way in advance of the draft if you’re going to go this early. I applaud them. It sounds like they got [what] they wanted.
“Then you’ve got to look at Tennessee and see all those draft picks. I didn’t know Herschel Walker was still around.”
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Jones acknowledged that the trade will shake up the top of the draft to some degree but, not surprisingly given where we are in relation to the draft, opted against getting into specifics.
“Well, I don’t want to make any assumptions, but yeah, it does impact because that kind of movement up ahead of you in a lot of different ways it took a lot of the consideration out of the marketplace,” Jones said. “If you think draft picks are consideration, then it is. It certainly made a difference below that No. 1 pick as to what might be available trading or in terms of making a decision with a player. It took two commodities out. It took picks, it took a player.”