Analyzing the Draft Day Scenarios for the Rams and the No. 2 Pick

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Analyzing the Draft Day Scenarios for the Rams and the No. 2 Pick
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The Indianapolis Colts lost their season-finale at Jacksonville, which seemingly deprived the envious St. Louis Rams of the ultimate franchise-enhancing opportunity—the No. 1 overall draft pick. 

The Colts took possession of the top pick and all of the trade down possibilities that came with it. 

They were supposedly in the driver's seat, but Peyton Manning vengefully slashed every tire. Now the Colts are at the alter with their prearranged bride, Andrew Luck, while Manning is directly behind them with a loaded shotgun.

If the Colts had any faith in Manning's ability to bounce back next season, then they'd still have the option of trading the top pick. However, with a disgruntled Manning and uncertainty at the quarterback position, there's no possible way they can pass on Luck.

Thanks to Manning, as well as Baylor's Heisman-winning sensation Robert Griffin III, the Rams have inherited the opportunity to pawn their No. 2 pick for a stack of crisp bills.

Griffin ran a 4.41 second 40-yard dash to go along with a 39-inch vertical jump, but he isn't merely a combine star. His 7,794 passing yards and 77 total touchdowns over the last two seasons certainly suggests that he's a pure football player as well.

With that kind of potential, there's surely general interest among multiple teams.

But how much are those teams willing to pay, and how little are the Rams willing to accept? 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Rams are already in trade talks and are looking for a deal similar to the 2004 trade between the Chargers and Giants, which ended in the Giants trading two first-round picks, a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick for No. 1 overall draft pick Eli Manning

And since that trade came seven years before the rookie wage scale, it's probably a reflection of what the Rams are expecting at minimum. 

Here are several scenarios that could play out on draft day...

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