The Rams were able to swing a deal while on the clock, gaining extra third- and sixth-rounders from the Panthers because they were willing to move down.
But the amazing part isn’t that General Manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher made a deal, it’s that they were able to keep all their offers straight.
According to Michael Silver of the NFL Network, the Rams were about to take an offensive lineman with the 41st pick, when the phones started ringing like crazy.
The Chiefs were the first of six teams to call in a five-minute span, as the Rams tried to cut the best deal possible.
The Panthers wanted to get to Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess. The Rams ended up taking Wisconsin tackle Rob Havenstein, along with quarterback Sean Mannion and Missouri wide receiver Bud Sasser with the three picks they acquired. They also sandwiched Louisville tackle Jamon Brown in with their own third-round pick, giving them the line depth they wanted at 41.
“People fall in love in the second round,” Snead said. “If you’re not in love, you’re in the driver’s seat. Last year, we fell in love with [defensive back Lamarcus] Joyner, and we gave up a ‘5’ to move up to get him. This year, we were able to go the other way.”
The Panthers had a desperate need to fill at wide receiver, and they clearly loved Funchess. They’d also do it again in the fourth round, trading all the rest of their picks (other than their compensatory choices) to get Oklahoma tackle Daryl Williams.
But because the Rams have a reputation for being willing to deal, their phone’s always going to ring, even if they can’t keep up with them all.