The imperfect science that is the NFL Draft hadn’t been kind to the St. Louis Rams for much of the 21st century. The team struggled with busts in the early portion of the selection and was mired in mediocrity for much of the past decade. One trade has seemingly altered the fate of an entire franchise, and that deal took place last year when the Rams stole a bounty of picks from the Washington Redskins in the Robert Griffin III trade. It may be a little too early to declare winners and losers from the swap, but the Rams are looking like the early favorites for sure.
If you ask many of the guys in the Rams’ locker room however, they have already made their decision regarding just who triumphed in the deal. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, when asked about winners as losers, quarterback Sam Bradford said: “I think we did for sure. Just with all the picks that we have. What we’re going to be able to build. What we’ve already started to build here. I think this team is on the fast track.”
Now granted, his perspective may be a little bit biased, but you won’t find many analysts who disagree with the young signal caller’s opinion. His own coach certainly isn’t rushing to judgment, but he too believes that the Rams still have time to make the trade swing even further in their favor. Jeff Fisher said: “The trade is not complete yet. We still have a couple of years to take advantage of it.”
One of those draft years will be coming up soon as the Rams hold two first round picks on April 25th thanks to the Redskins deal a year ago. That will allow the team to land at least two players who should be immediate starts if they desire or parlay that extra choice into another pick somewhere down the road. Needless to say, General Manager Les Snead has no shortage of options, and the Rams will be sure to examine all of their potential moves carefully prior to pulling the trigger.
As Bradford said above, this is a team that is on the fast track to building quite a young core of high-quality players across the board. The roster was the youngest in the NFL a year ago and will likely be given that same distinction in 2013 given the fact that they have purged more aging names like Steven Jackson and Quintin Mikell this offseason. Don’t be surprised if the RG3 trade turns out to be (on a much smaller scale) the Herschel Walker deal for the Rams franchise that propels them to bigger and better things in the very near future.