Steve Smith or Lee Evans to the Rams? Why This Would Be a Mistake for St. Louis

Casey CrailCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 19:  Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a 62-yard touchdown reception during the second quarter of their game against the St. Louis Rams on November 19, 2006 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers defeated the Rams 15-0.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted earlier today that the Rams' No. 1 wide receiver, Mark Clayton, is done for the season after tearing his patella tendon Sunday versus the Lions. Clayton who was acquired in the end of the offseason had grown to be rookie quarterback Sam Bradford's favorite target, catching 23 passes for 306 yards and two TDs.

Since this news has come to the NFL universe, rumors have speculated that the Rams may attempt to trade for either Carolina's Steve Smith or Buffalo's Lee Evans. Both have been speculated over the last few weeks as to be on the trade block.

Both veteran receivers could be brought in to help any team, but the reason the Rams should not bring either in is because I am not sure St. Louis' focus is entirely on winning the NFC West this year...maybe three years from now, winning for three or four years in a row, but not in 2010.

With multiple first-round talents in this year's draft, the Rams should look to the draft to get Bradford's partner for the passing game of the future. Georgia's AJ Green would be a very good pick that could shake up the NFC West if he meets the expectations being compared to Detroit's Calvin Johnson and Minnesota's Randy Moss.

By getting one of these two veterans, the Rams will be better for the remainder of this season, but even if the Rams were to make the playoffs after acquiring one of these two veterans, a run is extremely far-fetched as there are too many question marks circulating on defense. Instead, drafting is the way to go so your young QB can grow with your young receiver.

An asking price from either Carolina or Buffalo has not yet been speculated, so unless either receiver talks his way out of the team, the Rams would have to give up minimally a third-round pick. If they can get a bargain if either team is already trying to look to the draft for all their answers, then maybe the Rams should invest in one of these players.