NFL teams usually pretend that they aren’t set on trading out of a certain draft position; just that they are “open” to making a move.
The Rams don’t seem interested in playing this game. They don’t need to play games; they know how much interest Robert Griffin III will attract.
SI.com’s Peter King talked to Rams COO Kevin Demoff; King left the conversation writing that the Rams will trade the pick “for sure” in King’s words. The question: When will the trade happen?
Demoff points to three windows: Before free agency, at the late March league meetings, and in the few days before the draft.
The third option is the most likely. Teams usually don’t put all their cards on the table until the last minute. Then again, Demoff’s words may be a strong signal from the Rams that they’d love seriously consider aggressive offers early in the bidding. (And why not? The price will only go up.)
“You can’t tell what the musical chairs will do,” said Demoff in MMQB about the post free agency period. “Maybe someone will get left out and need Griffin. You don’t know.”
The risk for the Rams is that teams that sign Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn will no longer need a quarterback. The Rams need at least two teams dying to move up for Griffin to get the best deal possible.
Based on Griffin’s immense talent and character, we don’t think that will be a problem for Demoff and the Rams.