Draft ends with Titans naming 253rd pick

Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:10pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - One of the most dramatic drafts in NFL history wrapped up in Chicago on Saturday with the team that started the spectacle ahead of schedule by trading the No. 1 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams two weeks earlier.

Likely to be remembered for the social media fireworks and ensuing drama surrounding Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and his tumble to the middle of the first round, the 2016 NFL Draft ended with the Tennessee Titans announcing Mr. Irrelevant, Southern Miss cornerback Kalan Reed, as the 253rd and final pick.

Cal quarterback Jared Goff was the No. 1 pick Thursday night and plans are for him to start early for the Los Angeles Rams. No. 2 pick Carson Wentz, a quarterback from FCS national champion North Dakota State, joins a crowded depth chart in Philadelphia and the Eagles don't plan to rush him into action.

Goff threw for a Pac-12 record 4,719 yards and 43 touchdowns as a junior last season.

"It's something I'm excited for, something I'm ready for," Goff said.

Teams weren't rushing to get Tunsil, who spent the bulk of the pre-draft process as the No. 1 player on NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang's board and was selected 13th by the Miami Dolphins. But the feel-good stories were still to come.

Despite the draft nightmare, the Dolphins stuck with their draft board, on which Tunsil was ranked the second-best player in the draft.

"It's not a question of this guy changed overnight," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said, adding he signed off on the pick after meeting Tunsil, one of three Ole Miss prospects picked in the first round, in person. "It's going to be a great choice."

Once considered a cinch for Tunsil, the active Titans wound up drafting eighth, trading up from the 15th pick with the Browns to take Michigan State's Jack Conklin.   Continued...

Apr 29, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (second from (left) poses with general manager Les Snead (left) sister Lauren Goff (third from left), mother Nancy Goff (third from right), father Jerry Goff (second from right) and coach Jeff Fisher at press conference at Courtyard L.A. Live to introduce Goff as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports