There are so many scenarios here (some of which were touched on in the introductory slide) that it can make one's head spin.
The more I look at how things appear most likely to unfold, the more I think Trent Richardson, the big running back from Alabama, ends up being the pick here if the Rams stay at No. 6.
What is my reasoning for this? That answer has several layers to it.
One, if the Minnesota Vikings stand pat at three they almost certainly grab left tackle Matt Kalil or wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
There is also the theoretic possibility that a team could trade up to No. 3 in an effort to grab quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
That possibility was recently discussed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Florio even suggests that the Vikings could, at the very least, trade down one spot with the Cleveland Browns allowing the Browns to nab the former Texas A & M QB.
Bud Shaw of cleveland.com analyzes the potential Tannehill to Browns scenario here. Shaw reports in the previously-linked column that Mike Mayock of the NFL Network if just one draft analyst who believes the Browns must take Tannehill at No. 4 or move up to No. 3 to grab him.
Some suggest there is no way that Cleveland (or anyone else) takes Tannehill in the top five. However, the Browns already reportedly offered a boatload of draft compensation to the Rams in their failed attempt to move up to No. 2 to be in position to select quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Furthermore, Cleveland also inquired about Rams QB Sam Bradford before turning their attention to RGIII, according to a report from Tony Grossi of espncleveland.com, citing sources from the NFL league meetings.
The bottom line appears to be clear as far as Cleveland is concerned: they appear to be very interested, if not intent, on trying to upgrade at quarterback.
Some suggest a team could simply move up to No. 6 for Tannehill. However, the only sure-fire way to grab the QB is to move up to No. 3 or No. 4. If not, teams risk missing out on Tannehill, who made the most of his pro day, according to this via nfl.com.
Sources told Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network that Cleveland is indeed considering taking Tannehill in the 2012 NFL Draft after his impressive pro day.
The aforementioned report also suggests that Cleveland would entertain offers for their No. 4 pick if a team like Miami wants to move up for the QB or if another team wants to jump ahead of the Dolphins.
All in all, it is looking more and more like a possibility that Tannehill goes in the top four of the draft, whether it appears like a wise move or not.
If Tannehill is not taken at No. 3 or No. 4, many draft evaluators (such as Pat Kirwan, Pete Prisco and Rob Rang of cbssports.com) now have the Browns taking Blackmon there rather than Richardson.
At No. 5, NFL analyst Tim Ryan suggests the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut ties with troublesome cornerback Aqib Talib and pick cornerback Morris Claiborne, as reported by Ira Kaufman for The Tampa Tribune.
If that occurs, that would leave both wide receiver Justin Blackmon or running back Trent Richardson on the board for St. Louis at No. 6.
Although the overwhelming choice at No. 6 by Rams Nation is Justin Blackmon, I am beginning to think the Rams would lean towards Richardson if both he and Blackmon are on the board there.
Why do I feel this way?
Well, for one, Fisher loves the running game and loves big backs like former Tennessee Titans halfback Eddie George.
For the most part, Fisher's teams have always been built around a strong running game and tough defense. That does not figure to change in St. Louis.
Furthermore, Steven Jackson (as great as he is) missed all or part of several games in 2011 and will be 29 soon. Richardson would provide terrific injury insurance while waiting in the wings to eventually become the franchise back at some point in the future.
The Rams have done nothing in free agency regarding the attainment of a backup running back so you have to assume that will be addressed in the draft.
On the other hand, the Rams have offered a second round tender to restricted free agent Danny Amendola, and his almost certain return could be key.
Who else in the league is adding a guy that caught 85 passes in his last full season other than St. Louis? The answer: none.
They also signed 2009 Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith, who should be back to full strength this year (or at least the Rams hope) and could make a significant impact, as analyzed by Simon Samano in this nfl.com piece.
In addition, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rams are talking to both Jerome Simpson (wideout for the Bengals) and Jerricho Cotchery (receiver for the New York Jets) this week.
With all the recent activity at wide receiver and Fisher's love affair with the ground game, it leads me to believe that Richardson could indeed be the most likely pick at No. 6 if available there.
I believe that he and Kalil are the two surest picks in the entirety of this year's draft class. Look for Richardson to head to St. Louis if available when the Rams make their selection.