Eufaula, Alabama is not a particularly big town, but two of its products had an impact on the top of the 2014 NFL Draft.
As Peter King points out in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Rams General Manager Les Snead spent some of his Sunday watching fellow Eufaula native Jerrel Jernigan score two touchdowns to help the Giants beat the Redskins. That locked the Rams into the second pick of the draft by virtue of the trade Snead made with the Redskins in 2011 when he dealt the second overall pick for first rounders in 2011, 2012 and 2013 so Washington could draft Robert Griffin III.
That worked out so well for the Rams last time that they’d be cool with doing it again this year. King spoke to Snead on Sunday and reports the G.M. is “open for business” when it comes to the second seed and that he’d like to get a future first-rounder out of the deal.
“There are going to be some teams that want to pick a quarterback and that could increase the value of our pick,” Snead said. “I have told people I’m not sure I know how to draft without multiple first-round picks, so I’m always going to be interested when it comes to making sure I can continue to do that.”
We still don’t know which underclassmen will come out, including quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and those decisions will have plenty to do with how attractive the Rams’ pick is to other teams. It’s a safe bet that someone will want it, though, and the Rams will have to decide if their offer is worth giving up the plum position they gained thanks to Snead, Jernigan, Griffin and rest of a Redskins team that went up in flames.