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Did the Titans and Browns make the right call trading down?

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The Titans and Browns moved out of the top two picks in the NFL Draft despite several holes on their rosters. Was it worth it?

The 2015 NFL season was a struggle for the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns. Both teams were well out of the playoff picture before anybody had even started thinking about the postseason, limping to a tie for the worst record in the league by the end of the year.

But there was a silver lining for finishing 3-13: they held the top two picks in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also had serious holes to fill going into the draft. But despite being in position to grab the top two players, both teams traded out of the picks.

The Titans acquired the No. 15 overall pick from the Los Angeles Rams, along with the No. 43 and No. 45 overall pick in the second round, the No. 76 overall pick in the third round and first- and third-round picks in 2017. With the No. 1 pick, the Rams drafted quarterback Jared Goff.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up with the Browns, sending the No. 8 overall pick, the No. 77 overall pick in the third round and the No. 100 overall pick in the fourth round to Cleveland. On top of that, the Browns also received a first-round pick in 2017 and a second-round pick in 2018. The Eagles used the No. 2 pick to take another quarterback, Carson Wentz.

Once the draft began, the Titans and Browns didn't stay put, either.

Needs heading into the draft

Titans: A year ago, they drafted quarterback Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 overall pick. Now, they had the tall task of surrounding him with enough talent to help him succeed. More than anything, the Titans needed a top offensive tackle going into the draft to protect their young franchise quarterback. They also needed to give Mariota more weapons, including another wide receiver.

But the rest of their major holes came on the other side of the ball: a starting cornerback, a starting safety and at least one starting defensive end.

Browns: Depleted by a poorly managed front office for the last several years, the Browns were still searching for that elusive franchise quarterback. They had the option of taking either Goff or Wentz at No. 2 overall, and even after they traded down to No. 8, many thought they might address the quarterback position.

Wide receiver was another key position the Browns needed to target, especially with Josh Gordon's future still up in the air as he serves an indefinite suspension. Depth along the offensive and defensive lines was also a priority.

Draft hauls

Titans: The Titans didn't stay at No. 15, but instead ended up back in the top 10 when they traded up to No. 8 with -- who else? -- the Browns. Somewhat unexpectedly, the Titans didn't select Laremy Tunsil but instead went with another offensive tackle, Jack Conklin.

That filled their biggest need, and they addressed two more when they used their second-round picks on Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd and nose tackle Austin Johnson out of Penn State. The Johnson pick came from their pre-draft trade with the Rams. The Titans also landed Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, a starting-caliber running back, with the other pick from the Rams in the second round.

In all, Tennessee drafted 10 players, half of them by the end of Day 2:

Browns: After trading down to No. 8, and then again to No. 15, the Browns finally kept a pick and wound up with wide receiver Corey Coleman, checking off one item on their draft to-do list. They also grabbed Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib with their next two picks, adding defensive ends to a line that sorely needed an upgrade. They didn't get around to addressing the offensive line until the third round, when they used one of the picks they acquired in the Titans trade to nab Shon Coleman.

Quarterback was slightly less of a pressing concern after Cleveland signed Robert Griffin III in free agency. The Browns had an opportunity to land Paxton Lynch, who the Broncos traded up to select with the No. 26 pick. Instead, they passed on him and waited until the third round to draft quarterback Cody Kessler.

The Browns ended up with a whopping 14 picks, and still have two first-round picks next year to look forward to:

Are they better off now than they were a month ago?

Titans: Keep in mind the Titans also received first- and third-round picks in 2017 as part of their deal with the Rams. Their main priority was offensive tackle, and they addressed it immediately. But they need Conklin to work out, especially after passing on Tunsil, who came with off-field concerns but was eventually drafted by the Miami Dolphins at No. 13.

Although they refrained from taking a receiver, cornerback or safety in the early rounds, they added much-needed help on the defensive line and a potential game-changing running back as a result of the trade.

It seems like the deal was absolutely worth it for the Titans. They might not be quite ready to make it to the postseason, but Football Outsiders has them projected to go 7-9 in 2016. That would be more wins than the past two seasons combined.

Browns: Like the Titans, the Browns also received a first-round pick in 2017 and a second-round pick in 2018 as part of the trade with the Eagles. If the Browns' notorious quarterback woes continue next season, however, it would serve as a reminder that they had a chance to draft a young signal caller in the first round.

At wide receiver, though, they did not miss out on a franchise-changing prospect. Coleman was the first receiver off the board, and the Browns didn't take any chances -- they drafted three more in the later rounds.

The Browns then added defensive and offensive line talent, and selected Wright, a promising inside linebacker, near the end of the draft.

So maybe the Browns will regret not gambling on a first-round quarterback, but Goff, Wentz and Lynch aren't guaranteed to turn into franchise quarterbacks. Besides, the Browns have tried and failed numerous times before to nab their future quarterback on Day 1 of the draft.

Even if they continue to stumble along next season, the Browns are looking at a huge opportunity in next year's draft to rebuild their team. In the end, they came out of the draft trades farther ahead than anyone expected.