EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Considering that we have way too much time on our hands between now and the actual start of the NFL draft, we've long-since examined the six teams directly behind the St. Louis Rams in the draft order as potential trade partners.
We focused our attention on those teams, laying out the case for why they would or wouldn't be a fit for the Rams and the No. 2 overall pick. The premise being that the Rams probably wouldn't want to trade down much further than Minnesota at No. 8 so as not to miss out on the top tackles or wide receivers.
But there always exists the possibility of a team lower on the list making an offer that might be too good for the Rams to turn down.
Last week, rumors and speculation (the norm at this time of year) pointed to a new potential suitor further down the draft order. In this case, it's the Detroit Lions with rumors indicating that they would like to pursue Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins.
Lions reporter Michael Rothstein offered some good insight into why Detroit's apparently growing infatuation with Watkins is a risky game, especially if it means making a bold move from its spot at No. 10 all the way up to No. 2 for a shot at him. To complement that, ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder also provided some thoughts on the Lions' offseason plans.
Meanwhile, a team that has proved unafraid to make big moves doesn't appear to be a potential trade partner for the Rams. The Dallas Cowboys, who pulled off a draft-day deal with St. Louis in 2012 to move from No. 14 to No. 6, aren't likely to make another big move according to Cowboys reporter Calvin Watkins.
From the Rams' perspective, the idea of making a trade with a team as far down the order as Detroit doesn't seem like a wise one. While general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher haven't hesitated to make bold moves, an eight-spot drop would almost certainly take them out of the mix for the draft's elite players. Perhaps Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan slips to that spot but a move to 10 would probably eliminate the team from landing Jadeveon Clowney, Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson, Watkins, Mike Evans or Khalil Mack.
That would be an easier pill to swallow if the Rams got a monster package close to what they got from Washington for the chance at Robert Griffin III but it's unlikely Detroit would be willing to approach that price. Making the move to simply pick up a second-round choice or thereabouts would be a waste of a chance at an elite player.
A roundup of Monday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we began with a look at how the Rams approach searching for small-school talent. ... Next, we completed our draft review series with a (way-too-early) look back at the 2013 draft class. ... From there, we examined the Rams' lack of activity in free agency and how it compared to other teams around the league. ... We closed the day with some belated thoughts on the team's preseason schedule.
At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas reports that cornerback Greg Reid is now out of jail after violation of probation.
Stlouisrams.com takes a look at Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard.
Tony Softli of 101sports.com says the Rams hold the cards with the second pick in the draft.
At CBSSports.com, Jason La Canfora wonders whether the Rams should pursue trading quarterback Sam Bradford.