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Monday, February 27, 2012 / 11:12 AM

Options, Options, And More Options For the St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams have plenty of options with the second overall pick in April’s NFL draft. What the Rams will do with that pick was a hot topic at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis over the weekend.

The first question that Rams head coach Jeff Fisher was asked at Friday's press conference was about the No. 2 pick. “It’s a great opportunity,” he said, “and it will define the immediate and hopefully the long-term future of this franchise. We have a lot of options, and we’re going to be prepared to do whatever..."

The Rams could keep the pick and select the player the team likes most—whether that's Oklahoma State University wide receiver Justin Blackmon or University of Southern California offensive tackle Matt Kalil. What's more likely is that the Rams will trade with one of several teams hoping to nab Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who had one of the all-time best combines and won the Heisman Trophy last December.

Fisher was asked eight times about the team’s plan with the No. 2 pick. Later that afternoon, new general manager Les Snead fielded four more questions about the pick. Snead also said there is “no bottom floor” for how far the Rams would trade down to stockpile more picks.

So who could be St. Louis’ dance partner for a trade? Again, there are plenty of options. After the Indianapolis Colts, which hold the top pick and will likely select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, there are seven others teams in the top 13 picks that could be looking to draft a quarterback: Arizona (13), Seattle (12), Kansas City (11), Buffalo (10), Miami (8), Washington (6), and Cleveland (4). Of those teams, Cleveland seems the most likely to trade with the Rams. Browns head coach Pat Shurmur was St. Louis’ offensive coordinator for two seasons but, more importantly, the Browns have two first-round picks and that would make dealing both of them—and maybe a fourth-rounder—easy to pull the trigger. Shurmur said Thursday that he's open to moving up.

That No. 2 pick is a highly coveted spot this year—maybe more so than in any other year. That’s not lost on Fisher or Snead, who both had some fun when asked about it.

“It’s probably unlikely that we go up,” Fisher joked. “So we’ve got opportunities below us. And it really depends on people’s value and people’s needs.”

A few hours later, Snead facetiously remarked, “I've definitely heard, it seems like there's a rumor, that there's two good quarterbacks in this draft. We’re going to be prepared for all options...”

And there's no shortage of them.

 

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