Donovan McNabb To Be Pursued by St. Louis Rams Before NFL Draft?

Adam HankinsCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws the ball in the second half against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Rumors are swirling that the Philadelphia Eagles are in talks to trade Donovan McNabb. Among the likely candidates for the trade is St. Louis, owner of the first pick in the upcoming draft.

If the Rams did trade for McNabb, what might be the compensation? More than likely, it would involve the Rams' second-round pick along with a player. (Maybe Adam Carriker?) It is highly doubtful that such a trade would involve their first-round pick.

If such a trade materialized, it would definitely change the complexion of the top of the draft.

Having McNabb at quarterback would mean the Rams would no longer consider Sam Bradford with the first pick. Instead, the Rams would probably be locked in on signing Ndamukong Suh. In McNabb and Suh, the Rams would have taken care of their two biggest needs with two very good players.

It would also have a ripple effect on every other team inside the top five or 10 picks of the first round. If Bradford is still on the board after the Rams pick, he may be scooped up by the Redskins at No. 4. Or another team might consider trading up to get him before the Redskins have the chance.

Are the Rams seriously considering a trade for McNabb? On the surface it makes sense for them.

After a terrible year in 2009, the Rams really don't want to take a risk on a rookie quarterback. This would ensure another year with minimal improvement in terms of wins, and highly drafted quarterbacks are a major risk. There are no guarantees that Bradford will turn out to be the next great quarterback.

Also, as a defensive-minded coach, Steve Spagnuolo would surely prefer Suh over Bradford. Suh seems to be the closest to a "sure thing" in the draft, and he would have an immediate impact on the Rams defense.

There is still plenty of time before the draft for the Rams to consider trading for a quarterback. If they can't get McNabb, they may even inquire about the Washington Redskins' Jason Campbell.

With so many different scenarios, only one thing is for certain. The decisions made by the Rams will determine the draft-day decisions of almost every other team inside the top 10.


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