According to one report, the Los Angeles Rams may be willing to offer the No. 23 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to land Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants.
As if the last couple of weeks couldn’t get anymore crazy for the Los Angeles Rams after signing Ndamukong Suh along with putting together a new duo at cornerback through trades with Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, the team has recently been linked to Odell Beckham Jr. this week as well. While the Rams have expressed interest in potentially adding another receiver for Jared Goff to work with in the passing game following the departure of Sammy Watkins to the Kansas City Chiefs, the thought alone of Beckham possibly coming on board seemed ridiculous at first.
Turns out, this scenario wasn’t all that crazy after all thanks to reports surfacing on Monday about Los Angeles contacting New York about a potential trade, although it still seems like a long shot at this point. For the football fans wondering why the Giants would even consider trading a wideout with his level of talent, keep in mind that Beckham hasn’t been shy about his desire to be the league’s highest-paid receiver, and has even made comments about how he wouldn’t step on the field unless it happened.
In other words, if New York believes Beckham isn’t worth the headache, they could easily consider the possibility of contacting teams about potential trade offers, whether it’s Los Angeles or someone else. Obviously, the Giants would most likely push to at least land a future first-round pick since they are well aware of Beckham’s value, and based off one report, it looks like the Rams may be considering the possibility of sacrificing their pick at No. 23 for this year’s draft.
As crazy as it may sound to think about Los Angeles going a second year in a row without a first round since the Tennessee Titans had the pick last April from the Jared Goff trade, let’s not forget this team has proven to be in a win-now mode this offseason. After a surprise run to win the NFC West title this past season, the Rams have been making all of the necessary moves to improve the team’s chances of being heavy Super Bowl favorites, and if Beckham could help them accomplish the goal even more, it may be worth giving up their first rounder again.
Football fans can criticize Beckham as much as they want, but his numbers alone (other than last year) prove he can be one of the league’s most dangerous wideouts, and a nightmare for opponents to defend. After Los Angeles finished on top of the league in scoring last season, just imagine the kind of numbers Goff could put up with the addition of a skilled player like Beckham in 2018.