It has been highly speculated that the St. Louis Rams are looking to trade away the number two overall pick. In reality, at this point it’s not a matter of if the Rams will trade away pick, but when will they do it? Will they do it before the draft or while they’re on the clock?
Back in 2012 when the Rams made the highly famous trade with the Washington Redskins so that the Redskins could acquire Robert Griffin III. That trade was made over a month before the start of the draft.
In 2001 the Atlanta Falcons moved up from the number five overall spot to number one to acquire quarterback Michael Vick. That trade occurred on draft day.
The problem for the Rams in this year’s draft is that there isn’t a truly must have quarterback atop the draft and even the player with the highest potential, Jadeveon Clowney, has question marks.
In 2012, Andrew Luck and Griffin III were the obvious top choices and Les Snead and the Rams new exactly what they were dealing with and how much they wanted, it just so happened that they began receiving legitimate offers before the draft.
“We’ll evaluate and analyze all situations, and I think sitting at two, this is going to be a little bit different year than the last one in that, people left Indy last time and it seemed like everyone knew who pick one was going to be and probably who pick two was going to be. Im not sure we’re going to leave Indy this year and know who one is going to be,” said Rams general manager Les Snead
The face that nobody knows who the Texans are going to pick, whether it be Clowney, Bridgewater, or Bortles, leaves a lot of different scenarios for the Rams and scenarios that could totally change the value of their pick one way or the other.
The science behind the draft-day trade is unknown, and maybe it’s more simple than some make it out to be. Whether it’s a month before the draft, two days before the draft, or 30 seconds before the Rams have to make a selection, the bottom line is that if the Rams receive an offer that they like, one that they don’t think can be matched, and yet still allows them a chance to get who they have their eye on. Without a doubt Snead will pull the trigger.
Until then however, the Rams will wait and see what their options are and see what best benefits the team. More than likely an offer won’t get done until teams are in their respective war room in Radio City Music Hall, but when it comes to trades in the NFL, anything can happen.