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I previously had joined analysts Adam Schefter and Brian Baldinger in picking USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil for the Rams in this spot, after the Minnesota Vikings go against popular opinion and take wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
But there are several developments recently that shift my pick to Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
Yesterday in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, reporter Jim Thomas had several quotes from head coach Jeff Fisher, who may have indicated he favored Richardson.
"I haven't devalued the running back position," Fisher said [in regards to Richardson]. "You're talking to the wrong person. I want as many of them on the roster as you can get."
"I think he's a very, very talented player," Fisher said. "He doesn't have a lot of wear-and-tear because it's been a one-year deal for him (as a feature back). But he's got great explosion and quickness in the hole and change of direction with the jump cut, and power, and ball security."
Colt's owner Jim Irsay alluded to Vikings general manager Rick Spielman wanting to trade the No. 3 overall pick, in an article today. And that hasn't been the only speculation that a team would trade up to the Vikings pick to select Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
It could become a very probable situation, shifting picks and sliding Richardson to the Rams.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio mentioned the Browns could trade up one spot with the Vikings to block another team from doing so to take Tannehill.
Even if the Browns stay pat at No. 4 and the Vikings keep their pick, the chances of Richardson falling to the Rams at No. 6 is very possible and the draft could play out like:
- Colts - Andrew Luck
- Redskins - Robert Griffin III
- Vikings - Matt Kalil
- Browns - Tannehill
- Bucs - Claiborne
If the Browns are high on Tannehill and the Buccaneers take cornerback Morris Claiborne, then Richardson will be there for the Rams taking.