NFL Draft 2012: 3 Reasons the St. Louis Rams Should Trade Their No. 2 Pick
The St. Louis Rams have might have the best situation going into the 2012 NFL Draft.
St. Louis owns the No. 2 pick and the spot inevitably belongs to Robert Griffin III. But they don't need a quarterback, no matter how much the Sam Bradford haters continue to amass.
The Rams' dire need for a receiving threat that Bradford can throw to also makes this situation so interesting.
Most believe St. Louis wants Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon. Blackmon has cemented himself as the No. 1 receiving prospect over Alshon Jeffery, Michael Floyd and others.
I believe the Rams will draft Justin Blackmon in April.
But I don't believe they should do so with the second overall selection.
Here are the three reasons why St. Louis should trade the No. 2 pick away.
Someone Will Overpay
In 1998, the San Diego Chargers had the third overall selection but desperately wanted to move up to second.
The Bolts traded two first-round picks, a second and a Pro Bowler to move up and take a quarterback they believed would save the franchise.
Ryan Leaf is now considered the biggest bust of all time.
San Diego really overpaid that year and chances are there will be a team willing to do the same thing in 2012. It isn't often two elite quarterback prospects sit atop everyone's boards.
The Rams should take advantage of that immediately.
The return for parting with the second pick could really boost a franchise that has looked weak in recent years.
St. Louis needs to wait and see who offers the most and then take the deal.
So Many Holes to Fill
Steven Jackson has been one of the few constant positives for the St. Louis Rams over the years. Every other spot on the roster has seen a hole at some point.
The Rams will be much better after taking Justin Blackmon in the draft, but one guy will not turn this team into a contender. St. Louis has many other holes on the roster, including in the secondary and on the offensive line.
If St. Louis trades the pick, the team will be able to select more players who can all help the franchise along with Blackmon for years to come.
It is likely the team would acquire a 2012 second-round pick as well as future picks to move down the board. The caliber of players available in the second round is still high and in next year's draft, there will be many talents the Rams would benefit from.
This includes Alabama's D.J Fluker, North Carolina State's David Amerson and South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore (Steven Jackson won't be around forever).
Blackmon Will Be There
Whichever team it may be, the Rams wouldn't be moving down any further than the No. 8 spot. Will Justin Blackmon still be up for grabs then?
I'd like to think so.
The only danger there would be Jacksonville looking at Blackmon so Blaine Gabbert has someone to throw to. But I don't believe the Jaguars would pull the trigger on a pass-catcher that early.
If the Rams move down from their No. 2 pick, Justin Blackmon will still be waiting to hear his name called. St. Louis must accept a deal to benefit the club now and in the future.
Steven Conklin is a contributing writer for the Bleacher Report and a student at the University of Central Missouri. He joined B/R in October 2011 and is currently a B/R intern. Any comments, questions or suggestions are more than welcome.
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