With the NFL Draft now just a few weeks away, the rumor mill is starting to crank up to hyper-speed from trade talks. The latest on that front for the St. Louis Rams entails another scenario for trading down in order to accumulate even more picks in this year’s selection festivity.
There may be little evidence to support the Rams themselves actually being the targets of these talks, but the team did express interest in maneuvering more as General Manager Les Snead put it a few months ago. In what has to be considered a different year for the draft, this installment features three teams with multiple first round picks.
The Cleveland Browns own the 4th and 22nd overall selections and are likely to stay put for now even though they may too be interested in listening to offers to move down the board. Where the interest begins for the Rams is with the Cincinnati Bengals, holders of the 17th and 21st overall picks and in search of some help at either running back (Trent Richardson) or cornerback (Morris Claiborne). Each of these players could be targets of the Bengals in a blockbuster deal situation so they may factor in to this conversation.
Where the drama really picks up (as it does every draft day) is with the New England Patriots who again hold two first rounders, 27th and 31st overall respectively. A package to move down for the Rams would likely need to include a second round pick as well, likely of the 2013 variety, which would only further stockpile the team for rebuilding. A deal with the Pats would also give the Rams picks number 27, 31, 33, and 38 overall in this year’s selection. Those spots could all yield instant contributors and more than likely starters for a team that went 2-14 in 2011.
While every possibility is still open, the Rams organization knows that this year will be crucial to rebuilding their depleted roster in looking towards a brighter future.