At this point, the pre-draft smokescreens, mind games and leverage ploys regarding the Rams highly-coveted No. 2 overall pick remain in effect. Teams are not yet going to offer their best package of picks in the Robert Griffin III sweepstakes.
Do not panic, though. As draft day nears, that almost certainly will change.
The future of Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn is murky. Many, like Dan Marino, apparently are not quite sold on Flynn. And why should they be? After one big NFL game, it seems some have assumed he is on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
According to the greenbaypressgazzette.com, Flynn is not likely to get the franchise tag after all. It looks as if he could be headed to free agency.
If healthy, Peyton Manning will obviously be attractive to some teams. However, neck injuries raise caution flags. In addition, Manning is 36 and it is impossible to foretell how many elite seasons, if any, he has left.
Even if both become highly targeted, teams are always looking to draft a potential franchise quarterback.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes RG3 could be most aggressively pursued target at No. 2 since Ryan Leaf in 1998.
So, as a ploy to try to lower the asking price, it is no surprise that the Cleveland Browns are making it known that they do not plan to part with the second of their two No. 1 picks (22nd overall), according to a report from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In the end, whether it is Cleveland, Washington or another quarterback-hungry team, someone (and probably more than one someone) will budge and give the Rams a little more than they would like to in order to trade up to draft the Heisman winner from Baylor.
The Rams will ultimately collect a king's ransom for the No. 2 pick.
So, without further delay, let's jump in and look at the pre-free agency edition of the Rams 2012 mock draft. Selections are listed by round, with the position in that round in parentheses.