Last year, Rams’ fans remember watching the Jacksonville Jaguars leapfrog into the 5th slot and snag Justin Blackmon right before he fell into the St. Louis Rams waiting hands. This led to Jeff Fisher reportedly smashing things in the war room, followed by St. Louis immediately trading down from 6th to 14th with the Dallas Cowboys, taking Michael Brockers. In retrospect, Jacksonville might have done the Rams a favor, with Brocker turning out to be a brute of a man in the middle of the defensive line, when actually on the field.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers are likely to “trade up or trade out,” insinuating that they might make a jump for the 13th or 14th pick in the first round. Why is that a problem?
Well, the 49ers’ are pretty set at receiver; so much so that they using their first rounder on one in the 2012 draft, and letting him rust on the sideline next to Randy Moss. However, as much as Rams’ fans like the idea of Craig Dahl as their starting safety, the San Francisco 49ers will undoubtedly be looking for an upgrade at the position. With a Top 15 pick in the first round, they would likely have their pick of the litter, meaning that the St. Louis Rams could say goodbye to Kenny Vaccaro falling into their lap in the 16th or 22nd spot.
That is the double-wammy! Stealing a player from the Rams AND significantly upgrading their defense with the best safety in the NFL Draft.
Lets hope they opt for the “trade out for pick in the future” option…