It may have only been last year that a team held three first-round picks in the NFL Draft, but that was after the Minnesota Vikings dealt a player (Percy Harvin) to the Seattle Seahawks prior to the selection getting started. They still only held two first-rounders coming into the draft and made a trade to maneuver their way back into round one for yet another selection.
So how does this all relate to the St. Louis Rams?
Well, the Rams are fortunate enough to hold their final piece of the Robert Griffin III heist from the Washington Redskins in the 2014 NFL Draft, and that pick at No. 2 overall would yield them another bounty from any quarterback desperate teams. Teddy Bridgewater throwing his hat into the ring for May’s draft all but ensures that he will go No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans, but that No. 2 spot is still up for grabs.
Thankfully the Rams have already put the “For Sale” sign up around the league for the pick, and should any additional top notch signal callers be of interest the teams picking behind them in the draft – Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, and Cleveland Browns – then a bidding war could commence.
Many forget that Daniel Snyder and the Redskins were only bidding against themselves when they forked over three first-round picks to the Rams for their No. 2 overall pick in 2012. Though that does happen in the draft from time to time, it certainly is even more helpful when multiple franchises covet a particular asset to drive up the price.
The Jags, Raiders, and Browns are all considering upgrades under center, and UCF quarterback Blake Bortles put on an absolute clinic in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. Perhaps the general managers of these respective squads are feeling a bit lustful at the moment. Heck, maybe even the walking controversy formally known as Johnny Manziel factors into this in some way.
At any rate, the Rams find themselves in the ideal situation to pillage one of these three franchises in the same way that they did the Redskins once upon a time. The top candidate for landing them three first-rounders in one draft, however, is the Browns who also hold two firsts heading into this draft much like the Rams at No. 5 overall and wherever the Indianapolis Colts end up falling as a result of the Trent Richardson robbery – I mean trade.
So let’s go hypothetical here for a moment.
If the Rams swapped from No. 2 to No. 5 with Cleveland, the No. 2 pick is worth 2,600 points on the trade value chart while the No. 5 selection is worth 1,700. That is a difference of 900 points that needs to be made up elsewhere. Indy’s pick will be no earlier than No. 22 overall thanks to the playoff slotting of draft choices and they could potentially pick No. 32 if they win the Lombardi. Let’s just go with their current spot in regards to record for the sake of the hypothetical and put the pick at No. 26 overall.
That selection is worth 700 points which would still leave 200 points unaccounted for and doesn’t factor in the idea of several teams bidding up the price of the selection itself. Needless to say, the Rams could wind up with quite a haul in the draft if they held the No. 5, No. 13, and No. 26 picks potentially in addition to future picks of some sort to make up the difference. This type of heist could rival the RG3 deal and perhaps give them the chance to completely overhaul the offensive line in one draft.
General manger Les Snead has been given another amazing opportunity to make the Rams into a contender in one offseason. Even if the three first-rounders in one draft idea doesn’t pan out, the franchise could stock itself with draft capital for the next three years once again in the 2014 offseason.