It is a known commodity that the St. Louis Rams have been trying to trade out of the number two pick ever since they got it. Les Snead and Jeff Fisher are obviously looking to capitalize on the gift that keeps on giving in the RGIII trade and pull of another blockbuster move.
According to a report by Pro Football Talk, “There’s chatter in league circles that the Buccaneers could end up being the team that moves up to No. 2 from No. 7.”
Earlier in the day there was a report that the Buccaneers were shopping quarterback Matt Glennon for a second round pick and would most likely take Johnny Manziel if they were to trade up to the second overall pick.
It has been reported that Cleveland would be interested in taking Manziel with the fourth overall pick, therefore Tampa Bay would be looking to get ahead of Cleveland by trading up with the Rams.
By trading back to number seven, the Rams would still have a lot of options. They could hope that offensive tackle Jake Matthews falls to them, they could take wide receiver Mike Evans for good value, or if desired they could go defense and take defensive tackle Aaron Donald or take top cornerback Justin Gilbert.
The price to move up from the seventh overall pick the the second overall pick does not come at a cheap price however. According to a chart on Walter Football the difference in point value between the number two pick and number seven pick is 1,100 points.
That would mean that the Buccaneers would likely have to at the very least give up their current second round pick as well as a second round pick next year. The Rams could very well want a lot more.
The Rams aren’t just going to give away the second overall pick and would be content with just staying put. Jeff Fisher said in his pre-draft press conference, “We’ve identified six to eight players that we think potentially could fit us at number two.”
The rumors have really started to pick up as we get closer to Thursday and are bound to only get worse. This is one of those scenarios where we’ll just have to wait and see if this rumor is legitimate, or if it’s just something to create a little smoke.