We are into April, which means the draft is almost here. There has been some talk recently about the Rams looking to trade down again after already moving from 2 to 6, so let’s take a look at that situation. I think the opportunity is going to be there unless the Browns take Ryan Tannehill at four, because someone will want to get in front of Miami to get him.
As much as I’m usually a fan of trading down, I think the Rams need to stay put unless they get absolutely blown away. After Andrew Luck and RG3 go 1-2, the next four players on the board are elite guys who are all at need positions for the Rams. I think Justin Blackmon will be there, but if not they will have one of Matt Kalil, Trent Richardson or Morris Claiborne to choose from. I don’t think Kalil will be there, but I love Claiborne and considering he would be the consolation prize for the Rams in this draft, that’s a pretty nice prize.
On Richardson, I’m a believer. Normally I would never advocate taking a running back this high, but Richardson looks like a star in the making. I think the Browns would be foolish to pass on him, and I know the Rams have much bigger needs right now, but this team needs another back and eventual replacement for Steven Jackson.
One of these guys will be there, and I don’t think we should pass on whoever that man is. There’s a chance someone could offer a package that’s too good to be true, but either way the Rams are in very good shape heading into this thing.
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