Rams G.M. Les Snead has been making the radio rounds in the wake of the Scouting Combine (he’ll join PFT Live on Monday). And Snead’s talking points include talking about how the Rams have talked to more than one franchise regarding a possible trade of the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
“We’ve been approached by multiple teams, and some of them are obvious and some of them are not so obvious, until you sit down and analyze their situation and understand where they’re coming from,” Snead told Colin Cowherd of ESPN Radio.
That’s almost the exact same thing Snead separately told Evan Cohen and Steve Phillips of SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio: “I’m not going to give the number but I can say there are multiple teams that have called. Some of them are very obvious and some of them are not so obvious until you sit down and analyze their situation.”
The prime candidates continue to be the Browns (who hold the No. 4 overall pick, and the 22nd pick), the Redskins (No. 6), the Dolphins (No. 8), and the Seahawks (No. 12).
(Of those, scratch off the Seahawks. The Rams won’t be trading Griffin within the division.)
Other possibilities include the Chiefs at No. 11, the Cardinals at No. 13 (again, same division), the Eagles at No. 15, and the Jets at No. 16.
(Scratch off the Eagles. They met with Griffin at the Scouting Combine. If they were plotting a move up to No. 2, they would have ignored Griffin in Indy. Unless they’ve gone “next level” with their smokescreens.)
The problem is that, the farther the Rams have to fall, the more it will take to get the Rams to move down. Ideally, they’d trade the pick to the Browns, since the Rams would then get two first-round picks in 2012 — and very likely at No. 4 the guy they would have taken at No. 2.
We (or at least I) continue to be intrigued by the possibility that the Jaguars will try to make the move from No. 7 to No. 2. With the Colts locked in on Andrew Luck and not giving Griffin a second glance, Griffin surely would relish the chance to square off against Indy twice per year.
And Jags owner Shad Khan surely would relish having the kind of star player that would allow the team to put those tarps in mothballs.
For a little something on the thought processes behind the timing for the trade, here’s a little something from Thursday’s PFT Live.