Patrick Crayton on the Trading Block: Why the St. Louis Rams Should Consider Him

David LeonCorrespondent IApril 26, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 25:   Patrick Crayton #84 of the Dallas Cowboys runs for a touchdown past Michael Koenen #9 of the Atlanta Falcons at Cowboys Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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According to the website, Jerry Jones has given Patrick Crayton's agent permission to seek a trade deal.

The Cowboys' selection of Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant has made Crayton officially expendable.

Crayton was the Cowboys' seventh round selection (15th in the round) in 2004. Crayton hails from tiny Northwestern Oklahoma State. From these humble beginnings, he emerged to become the Cowboys No. 2 receiver in 2007.

Crayton has caught 196 passes for 2,888 yards over the past three seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. His per-catch average is 14.7 yards. Crayton is now 31 years old and entering his seventh year.

Whilst not a premier threat, Crayton is a competent and steady pro who could give the Rams some help at a position of weakness.

When reviewing the Rams' 2010 draft and present roster, former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said, "They still have a major, major, major—and I say major based on experience—need at the wide receiver and tight end positions. They don't have receivers who can scare you, and they don't have a tight end who can scare you. They need to provide Sam Bradford with those targets."

As a head coach scheming against the Rams in 2009, Mora had no fear of our receiver corps. Should he have more respect for our receiver corps?

Not if you look at the results of those two games. The Rams were shut out 28-0 by the Seahawks in Week One of the 2010 NFL season. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 27-17 in Week 12. Danny Amendola was the Rams' leading receiver in that game, catching seven passes for a total of 55 yards.

Clearly, Mora's complete lack of fear was justified by empirical fact.

Did the Rams get those receivers in the draft? Not if you ask Mora. When asked who flunked the grade on day three of the draft, Mora answered "The Rams: They needed receivers and tight ends, and then didn't get 'em."

Whilst we all hope Mardy Gilyard will turn out to the new Isaac Bruce, a single receiver won't do it for the Rams. Certainly, the selection of Arizona basketball forward Fendi Onobun as a tight end must rankle.  

Acquiring Patrick Crayton for future considerations is one positive step the Rams can take towards improving their toothless receiver corps.