Stop me if you’ve heard this one before; the St. Louis Rams are shopping the No. 2 overall pick via trade.
Yes, it seems that the Washington Redskins could once again do the Rams a solid by giving them the rights to their No. 2 overall selection this time around as a result of the deal where they obtained that very pick from the Rams two years ago. Rams general manager Les Snead hasn’t been shy about wheeling and dealing with two game-changing trades in the early portion of the first round in his first two drafts with the franchise. He told SI’s Peter King:
“There are going to be some teams that want to pick a quarterback, and that could increase the value of our pick. I have told people I’m not sure I know how to draft without multiple first-round picks, so I’m always going to be interested when it comes to making sure I can continue to do that.”
Even though the Rams didn’t get the ideal situation of having the top overall selection with any team wanting their top choice of a quarterback coming begging to them, the team still holds a position of power of the draft this coming spring. Most expect the No. 1 overall pick at this point to be signal caller Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville going to the Houston Texans, but after that there are still quarterback needy teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, and Oakland Raiders picking at No. 3, 4, and 5 respectively right behind St. Louis.
This type of scenario could drive up the price of the No. 2 overall selection significantly by the time the draft rolls around and those three teams start jockeying for position. The only way either Cleveland or Oakland could get ahead of the Jags is by trading up with the Rams which could make their position even more enviable at that point. Quarterbacks like Derek Carr, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and Brett Hundley are all expected to be early first round candidates if they declare.
It’s really quite possible that the 2014 draft looks very similar to the 2012 version when the Rams traded down twice and accumulated multiple second round picks in addition to future choices while filling positions of need. Offensive line, wide receiver, linebacker, and safety are all big needs for the Rams, but their current two first round picks would tap out all of their top notch resources and only fill two of those holes. In a draft filled with talent at wideout and in the trenches, it’s possible the team could move down a couple of times and find their ideal fit midway through the draft with their No. 13 overall pick and many other potential slots along the way.
There’s no doubt moving down from the No. 2 pick would be the ideal situation for St. Louis, and the draft board could shake out just right for them to extort a serious bounty from yet another franchise in the process. Hopefully GM Snead can make another deal happen and keep the Rams stocked with multiple first rounders for another three years as a result.