The Rams are picking second overall again this year and, just as they were in 2012, they are open to dealing the pick.
Rams General Manager Les Snead made that clear just after the end of the regular season and he reiterated that willingness on Thursday. Snead also noted that a willingness to make a deal doesn’t always mean that a deal is going to come together, however.
“I think they’re always open,” Snead said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I don’t want to sit here and go — guess what, we’re trading back no matter what. You’ve always got to prepare for if you’re there and nobody wants to trade.”
The evaluations of quarterbacks like Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles in the coming months will likely go a long way toward determining the Rams’ ability to move their pick. Snead was able to get a king’s ransom from Washington in 2012 because of Robert Griffin III’s presence and another quarterback in high demand would be the best way to come away with another haul to use to improve the roster in St. Louis.
Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is also likely to have his admirers, but the best way for the Rams to get the deal they’d like will be for a couple of those quarterbacks to establish themselves as top picks in a league that’s becoming more driven by quarterback play with every passing year.