Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Rams Could Have More Trouble Trading Down Than Many Think


Nov 30, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) celebrates a tackle for loss against the Clemson Tigers in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The most popular move among Rams fans in the 2014 NFL Draft is that the team trade back and receive even more picks from the gift that keeps on giving in the RGIII trade. However, as much as many would like that to happen, there is always the chance that it doesn’t.

Unlike 2012 when the RGIII trade was made with the Redskins, there really aren’t any franchise quarterbacks worthy trading up for in this draft. The stocks of Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, and Johnny Manziel have all taken a hit since the end of the college football season, and at this point, the Rams would be lucky if a team were to trade up for one of those quarterbacks.

If many mock drafts around the web are correct, and the Houston Texans do in fact take Jadeveon Clowney, who is there really to trade up for? The Lions have voiced interest in trading up for wide receiver Sammy Watkins, but other than that, who is worthy of trading up the board for?

At this point, a team would be crazy to trade up for one of the so-called top quarterbacks. And even if a team does, they aren’t going to give up an arm and a leg to do so like the Redskins did for Griffin III.

The Rams aren’t just going to give away the number two overall pick for nothing. The Rams have a price tag on that pick, and if nobody comes close to that price tag, the Rams will do just fine by taking an elite prospect like Khalil Mack, Sammy Watkins, or Greg Robinson.

The best case scenario for the Rams is that the Houston Texans do the unthinkable and take quarterback Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, or even Johnny Manziel. That scenario would leave what many have as the best prospect in the draft, Jadeveon Clowney, on the board. If that were to happen, it might be the best chance of trading away that number two pick.

However, even if that does happen, that doesn’t guarantee that the Rams get what they want. With none of the quarterbacks being called “franchise” quarterbacks and Jadeveon Clowney most recently being called “lazy” by NFL executives, the Rams may just in fact get stuck with the number two pick.

If that does happen,it wouldnt be the end of the world, and the Rams would still be in a good position. As mentioned earlier, it would give the Rams the opportunity to add an elite talent to an already good roster, and that wouldnt be such a bad scenario.

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  • Henry Owen

    If the Rams can’t trade down, Mack could be a possibility. Elite talent at a position where the Rams could improve. Imagine Laurinaitis, Ogletree and Mack on the field at the same time.

    • ricdram

      I could live with THAT option . .

  • Gary Stewart

    the rams have been very good at trading up and down the board. snead is not afraid, even if they wind up standing pat they will most likely get the choice of watkins mack robinson or matthews. then at 13 its likely to be dix or a corner dennard or gilbert. then with a 2nd 3rd 4th rounder the roster should fill up nicely personally i’d go with mack but, robinson or matthews at #2 if fish wants to go heavy run its robinson if he worries about protecting bradford for the pass game matthews, if he wants a toy for williams defense its mack. hoping they are able to trade down but as long as they dont trade for a 3rd round graded center with the 2nd overall pick i’m good. btw wouldn’t hate watkins although i feel he does not fit as well as the others.

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    If the Rams can trade down, there’s no problem if the Rams pick among the crop of elite talents of Clowney, Robinson, Watkins or Mathews.