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The Rams may be able to move down and still land a top offensive tackle like Greg Robinson.
The St. Louis Rams have two picks in the first round, but there may be multiple teams willing to trade up to No. 2 to take Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack or Sammy Watkins. The Rams could use Watkins, but it’s also a deep draft at wide receiver, and the Rams can still get a good one with the 13th overall pick.
A bidding war may mean that trading down is just too good a deal to pass up.
By trading down, the Rams could end up with a franchise left tackle, an elite wide receiver and other valuable picks in one of the deepest drafts in many years. If the Rams are going to contend in the NFC West, they need as much talent as they can get.
General manager Les Snead has shown a willingness to trade first-round draft picks in the past. In 2012, Snead moved from No. 2 to No. 6 and then down to No. 14 in two separate trades that netted the Rams first-round picks in 2013 and 2014, plus two second-round picks that year.
The Rams used the pick equity from those trades to move up from No. 16 to No. 8 last year to select wide receiver Tavon Austin. The Rams also moved down from No. 22 to No. 30 last year and added two extra picks.
Snead was less than particular when speaking with Kevin Patra of NFL.com, but his comments certainly indicate the Rams could be open to making a move or two this year as well:
I like to say you make the best decision long term because the short term is by definition short -- it won't last as long. But I think you make a good point. Because we're in 2014, this draft is really good, it's a good chance for us to take some shots with picks in this draft to improve the team. Not only tomorrow and opening day, but also four and five years down the road.
Since the Rams don’t have much room to trade up in this particular draft, don’t rule out another trade down.