2012 NFL Draft Order: St. Louis Rams Would Be Lucky to Land First Overall Pick

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 30, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10:  Heisman Trophy finalist Andrew Luck of the Stanford University Cardinal speaks during a press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams are hardly in the market for Luck, but they better hope they land the first overall pick that would make him available to them. 

With that, the Rams would have the Golden Ticket, the most coveted prize since Willy Wonka started stuffing bars of chocolate. A handful of teams would be willing to hand over just about anything for the chance at Andrew Luck. 

Indeed, the Rams would find great fortune in having a shot at Luck, not actually drafting him. The Rams already have a young phenom in Sam Bradford

He may have struggled in 2011, but his rookie campaign should still warrant a great deal of optimism. Get this man an offensive line and receivers and then you will see what he can do. 

With that, Rams fans can pretty much extinguish any and all hope that Andrew Luck will play for them. There is no way that Bradford can be dealt in a trade after the horrid year he had. The fact is, most of his issues came from a battered offense and injury.

Chin up, St. Louis. 

That doesn't mean a celebration isn't in order if the Colts fail to suck and beat the Jaguars on Sunday, while the Rams lose to the 49ers, which they should. 

The Rams need a great influx of talent, which is an obvious statement considering how awful they were in 2011. They took a great deal of promise into 2010 and stepped all over it.

It's time to get a few great players for one would-be star. 

I would be the first to exclaim the switch of Bradford for Luck would be an amazing feat worthy of consideration, but this team has too many issues all over the field. 

Bradford will be fine. There is some reason to worry, since a great deal more passes went wide this season than they had in year one, but he is still the Rams' man. 

Luck will make some team very happy, but it won't be St. Louis. However, he might give them the better gift, and that is offering up one of the best trade assets in recent memory. No player has received such adoration. 

If he can continue to show that he is the obvious choice through the grueling draft process, the Rams would be in a prime seat for one hell of a draft day. That is, if the Colts don't screw it all up by losing this weekend.