NFL: St. Louis Rams will trade their No. 2 pick in 2012 Draft

Posted Feb 28, 2012 by Sean Fraser
The St. Louis Rams hold the highly coveted second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and on Monday, the Rams CEO announced that they will be dealing the pick away.
ESPN reports that CEO Kevin Demoff is open to trading the pick, if the offer is right. Demoff said that head coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead are on board with the idea, and were told to "keep an open mind" during the combine.
The Rams have reportedly already contacted the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, and the Miami Dolphins regarding the trade idea. All three teams have picks in the top ten of the draft.
Stanford's Andrew Luck is already a lock for Indianapolis at the number one pick, but experts are predicting Baylor's QB Robert Griffin III will go second. The Rams are already invested in QB Sam Bradford, so trading the pick would be beneficial to a team that needs a quarterback.
Anthony Blake of states that the Rams could be compensated similarly to the San Diego Chargers back in 2004, when they traded away a disgruntled Eli Manning (whom they chose with the first pick in the draft) to the Giants and got two draft picks in return (which were spent on Shawne Merriman and Nick Kaeding).
The bidding war for the pick could turn out more beneficial for the Rams, as they are in dire need of defensive help and weapons for Sam Bradford to throw to. According to the ESPN article, Fisher attributed the team's poor performance last season to too many injuries to the offensive line and the lack of time to get accustomed to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel's scheme, due to the lockout.