Sunday, December 29, 2013
Rams seal second pick from Redskins
By Nick Wagoner
When St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher arrived as head coach after the 2011 season, he made a promise to Rams fans everywhere that his team would not hold the second pick in the NFL draft again under his watch.
That’s a promise Fisher will be happy to break after his team added the No. 2 selection in the 2014 NFL draft to the ever-growing haul it received from the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
The Redskins’ 20-6 loss to the New York Giants dropped them to 3-13 on the year, the second worst record in the NFL and wrapped up the second spot in the pecking order.
Of course, it’s a pick Washington now must hand over to the Rams as the final piece of the 2012 pre-draft trade that sent the No. 2 overall pick to Washington in exchange for a package of picks, including the Redskins’ first-round choice in 2014.
While the Rams have a chance to finish the season 8-8 with a win against Seattle on Sunday, they already have a big victory in the form of that pick from Washington.
Since the Rams were officially eliminated from playoff contention early this month, the speculation about what they’ll do in the draft began in earnest. Now, the four-plus month silly season can really begin.
There are a lot of things that have to play out between now and the draft in May but it’s probably safe to assume that Rams general manager Les Snead and Fisher will look to turn the last pick of a big trade into another big haul that can continue to perpetuate itself for the next few years.
What isn’t known at this point is whether there will be enough interest in the No. 2 pick to make another big deal. It’s unlikely there will be a player of as much interest as Robert Griffin III was before the 2012 draft and thus the Rams probably won’t be able to get three first-round picks and a second-rounder out of prospective trade partners.
That doesn’t mean the Rams won’t find interest. A top quarterback or possibly South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney could draw a nice return for the Rams which could allow them to slide down a few spots, pick up some more picks and still land a player at a position of need such as Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews or Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins.
Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of time to go through the many options and permutations that await between now and the draft.
For now, the Rams and their fans can be happy that they’ll be drafting second overall for the fourth time in eight years but this time they won’t have suffered through the monumental losing to acquire the pick.