The St. Louis Rams will be trying to set themselves up once again with a glorious package of draft choices that will propel the franchise to bigger and better things in 2014. Though general manager Les Snead already has a track record for pulling off this sort of deal and that certainly bodes well for him potentially pulling off a part deux, the parameters under which a trade would have to be constructed will be quite different this time. A lack of certainty – at least at this early point in NFL Draft time – could make the Rams’ ability to pull the wool over yet another franchise’s eyes a bit more difficult in their sequel.
We all know the only reason the Rams even have this opportunity is thanks to the Washington Redskins’ desperate ways back in the 2012. When the team decided to go all-in on Robert Griffin III and basically forfeit their most valuable picks to the Rams for the following three seasons, Washington had to anticipate forking over selections in the later part of round one. That did happen a year ago with the Rams owning the No. 22 overall pick thanks to the Skins, but this season that pick at No. 2 overall essentially proved to cost much for than anticipated for Daniel Snyder and company.
That’s all water under the bridge now, however, and the main concern for the Rams at this point is to pull off another heist of epic proportions. Though this draft looks to be quarterback-heavy in the top 10 picks, the exact desperation level of any teams to jump up the selection order and snag their choice of QBs is still up for debate. What this means for the Rams is likely that a deal for the pick won’t be possible until after the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Texans – or whichever team ends up with the pick by draft day – due to the uncertainty of just who will go with the top selection.
Louisville signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater appears to be the odds-on favorite at this early juncture, but that can change in a heartbeat with Houston admittedly trying to deal their pick as well along with the suspected number of early draft entries. Guys like Brett Hundley of UCLA and Blake Bortles of UCF are both still in the running if they have great workouts, and of course phenom Jadeveon Clowney remains the consensus top overall talent with loads of value at the premium position of pass rusher.
Where this will take the Rams is into uncharted waters for their regime after the deal with Washington actually happened nearly two months prior to the draft in 2012. That was facilitated by the Indianapolis Colts at the top spot being set on Andrew Luck with no questions asked. Obviously a more solidified front-runner could emerge in the coming weeks, but as of right now the Rams may be down to their 10 allotted minutes on the clock to swing a deal in May.
It’s hard to doubt the team after the haul it made back in 2012, but it’s also impossible to deny just how different the circumstances may be. Quarterback desperation is at an all-time high, but Clowney is a once in a generation type of pass rusher. Both positions are at a premium in today’s NFL, but there’s no telling just how much competition there will be to take the pick off of the Rams’ hands. The only certainty at this point is that the Rams have officially posted the ‘For Sale’ on the No. 2 overall selection. Now it’s a waiting game to see just what it gets appraised at this time around.