Two years ago, when St. Louis owned the second overall pick in the draft, it was able to convince Washington to give up that year’s No. 6 overall pick, that year’s No. 39 overall pick, and Washington’s 2013 and 2014 first-round picks. That 2014 first-round pick turned out to give the Rams the No. 2 overall pick again this year, and St. Louis would love to get another package of picks in another trade.
But it’s not going to happen. Rams coach Jeff Fisher acknowledged that if the Rams do trade down, no team is going to give up anything close to what the Rams got in that 2014 trade because there’s no prospect as alluring as Robert Griffin III.
“I think it’s highly unlikely that even if we did trade out that would we get the value that we did the first time around,” Fisher told ESPN.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the Rams won’t trade down, though. Fisher said they’re open to that, although no such discussions have taken place.
“This draft is unique in that I think you’re going to get players in the middle part of the third round that potentially could start, and start very early for you,” Fisher said. “It really depends on the positions, but there will be a lot of teams excited about who they have acquired in the first couple rounds because it’s such a deep draft.”
The Rams are in a good position in a deep draft: In addition to Washington’s first-round pick, St. Louis has its own pick in every round, the Indianapolis’s seventh-round pick and three supplemental picks. But if they want to get even more picks than that by trading down from No. 2, they’ll need to settle for less than they got two years ago.