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Rams general manager Les Snead, who engineered a trade down from No. 2 overall in his first draft with the team, might look to do it again in 2014.
When the St. Louis Rams traded the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, they received four early round selections, including what ultimately became this year’s second overall selection, in return. So it should come as no surprise if the Rams look for a similar package in exchange for this year’s No. 2 selection.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe wrote Feb. 23 that the Rams “would like to trade back for a package of picks.” Peter King wrote in his Monday Morning Quarterback column Feb. 24 that “the Rams certainly will have a chance to trade the second pick, and will be very interested in doing so.”
Asked at this year's NFL Scouting Combine whether the Rams will look to trade the pick, St. Louis general manager Les Snead told reports, per 101 ESPN, that doing so is "definitely an option."
"That's a nice asset," Snead said during the press conference. "As an organization, we need to make the best of that asset.
"We'll evaluate and analyze all situations," Snead added.
It would only be a revelation if the Rams were not interested in trading away the second pick. Trading that pick in 2012 for three first-round picks and a second-round pick has resulted in a significant increase in value for St. Louis, and it gives the team a firm asking price for any suitors who might be interested in moving up this year.
As the Rams are unlikely to draft a quarterback this year and are already set at defensive end, they would likely use the No. 2 overall pick to select one of this draft’s top offensive tackles, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews or Auburn’s Greg Robinson.
If they trade down, they might still have a chance to draft one of those two, or another very good player like Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins or Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, at a much better value. Therefore, the Rams shouldn’t hesitate to move down the draft board if they can lure a team seeking a quarterback or Clowney to trade as much as the Redskins did in 2012.