The St. Louis Rams, with two first-round picks in 2013, need to trade up into the top of the draft in order to land one of the premier offensive tackles in this year's draft.
St. Louis isn't the only team that must make a bold move to land a blue-chip player in the 2013 NFL draft, either.
Guys like Eric Fisher, Cordarrelle Patterson and Dee Milliner are rare talents, and they'll be long gone before some of the teams that need their services will be picking. Thus, a trade up will serve these teams well.
St. Louis Rams (No. 16 and No. 22 overall picks)
The Oakland Raiders are sitting at No. 3 overall, and the team won't pick again until Round 3 thanks to the Carson Palmer trade.
Oakland would be better served by moving down and acquiring picks than by taking one player in the first two rounds, which is why St. Louis needs to make a deal to trade up with the Raiders to land Eric Fisher, the left tackle out of Central Michigan.
Sam Bradford is a good young quarterback who's never been given the proper chance to prove his worth, having played with a terrible offensive line his entire career. The Rams would be wise to trade up for Fisher in order to protect their quarterback and give him the tools he needs to succeed.
Seattle Seahawks (No. 25 overall)
Russell Wilson transformed Seattle's offense into a juggernaut that was downright scary in the second half of the 2012 season.
Imagine how dangerous this young offense would be with Patterson at its disposal.
Now that's a terrifying thought for opposing defenses to consider.
Seattle doesn't need to add many more pieces to become a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Heck, this team almost made it with Wilson as a rookie, and if not for a late-season injury to Chris Clemons, who knows what could have happened?
If the Seahawks traded up into the top 10 with either the Arizona Cardinals (No. 7) or Buffalo Bills (No. 8) to pull off a trade for Patterson similar to the one Thomas Dimitroff engineered for Julio Jones two years ago, they would be one of the early favorites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVIII.
San Francisco 49ers (No. 31 overall)
After the trade with the Kansas City Chiefs goes through for Alex Smith (assuming it does), the 49ers will own an astonishing 15 picks in the 2013 NFL draft.
The 49ers were just one play away from a Super Bowl victory this past February, and with so much leverage in this year's draft, the team has a chance to land one of the top players by trading up.
A defensive tackle like Star Lotulelei would be a dynamo on San Francisco's defensive front, and if he's not attainable, the 49ers would be smart to trade up for either cornerback Dee Milliner or Xavier Rhodes. Safety Kenny Vaccaro is another defender that would be ideal, since Dashon Goldson may be gone via free agency (h/t ESPN's Adam Schefter).
Like Seattle, San Francisco could also trade up to land Patterson as a deep threat for Colin Kaepernick in 2013 and beyond.
Full Draft Order (via NFL.com)
|9||New York Jets|
|19||New York Giants|
|22||St. Louis (from Washington)|
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