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Trade Down Scenario Gives Rams 'Wild Card"
The Rams have lots of picks after round four to add practically any need they have, and no doubt they may package late picks to move up, as they did to get Zac Stacy.
However, the top five picks seem locked into a tackle, free safety, cornerback, linebacker and guard.
Those needs are so great that even if a rasty player at another position with less need, like, say a quarterback, it would be hard to take that guy in the top three round for sure.
There are 12 to 14 passers with top three round grades, so in round four, the Rams should have one there.
However, adding a second round pick or a high third rounder, could put the ams in play for a better tier of passers.
So if the Rams trade down and add a second, it leaves that extra pick or their own pick at 44 open to really look hard at a Mettenberger or Garopollo or McCarron with that "Wild Card pick".
If the Rams don't get a shot at those three second rier guys with those second rounders, or there are guys too good to pass up to fill th needs first, it still leaves the early third rounder open to look at that next tier, guys like Logan Thomas, David Fales, Tom Savage, Aaron Murray, or Taj Boyd, who most likely will be gone by the Rams fourth round pick.
GMs like to look at added picks as a chance to really take a chance on a player with big upseide, like Janoris Jenkins was. You will see top teams taking some of these passers no later than round three, knowing they may get a first rounder for that guy in a couple years, if they don't need a QB then.
With the Rams having so many later picks to use on guys like that, extra picks in the top 90 might go for that QB, or a WR, RB, or DT, positions that seem unlikely to be taken early now.
The only question is, whether adding this "WIld Card" scenario is worth a drop from the #2 player to , say the 6th best, or from the 13th to the 20th.
Last edited by Barry Waller; -04-16-2014 at 02:19 AM.
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