2010 NFL Draft: The Rams Should Trade Down to No. 3

Robert WayerskiCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 30:  Ndamukong Suh #93 of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers rushes to the line of scrimmage during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against University of Arizona Wildcats on December 30, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Cornhuskers defeated the Wildcats 33-0. (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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If the Rams are intent on taking Sam Bradford, as many believe, there is no reason for them to stay at No. 1 overall. So, they should ignore the trade charts and make a move with Tampa Bay to trade first-round picks.

There are a few reasons that this would make sense for both teams. The Rams want Bradford and he will not be taken at the second spot because that is owned by the Lions, who drafted a QB last year.

Tampa Bay would be willing to make the move because it has been reported that they prefer Ndamukong Suh over Gerald McCoy. There would be some difference in the money payed to the first pick over the third, but it would not be significant. Tyson Jackson, No. 3 in last year's draft, was payed $57 million over five years while 2008 No. 1 Jake Long got $57.5 million over the same. 

Even accounting for an increase this year it would only be a difference of $4 to $5 million over a five-year contract to take Suh at No. 1 instead of McCoy or Russell Okung at No. 3.

Whether the Rams take Bradford first or third he will still be the highest paid player in the draft, so they might as well take an extra pick or player from the Buccaneers. The key to pulling off a trade like this would be the compensation asked for. 

The Rams need to decide not to be greedy and take a third- or fourth-round pick and move down two spots. A middle-round pick would be worth it to the Bucs to ensure getting the player that they want. 

The only dilemma that could arise is if another team jumped up to NO. 2 and drafted Bradford. That would make this move seem bad, but the Rams would still be left the consolation prize of either Russell Okung, Gerald McCoy, or even Eric Berry if they wanted him.

This trade would make sense for both teams but is unlikely to happen because most NFL executives still adhere to the outdated trade chart.