I've been reading posts and at least once, mostly more than once, someone chimes in w/a trade scenerio. I thought, "RM1979, who could trade with us?". First, let me tell you my methodology [so to speak]. Let's face it, at this point there will not be a new CBA in place for this season. This does two things: less vet players available than normal and the ones that are available will be offered more money than would be normally offered. Teams in bigger markets will see the need to pay these players, but will the Rams? I doubt it. There are lots of older vet available, but this does us no good. That leaves trades and DP's to grow teams. Only a handful of teams have so few needs they can afford to make a deal that includes their normal DP's. This is their main means to upgrade positions on their team this year. Let's take a look at some of the possible scenerios:
DET: who thinks DET wants to trade up for the #1? They don't have extra draft picks to make a deal with us and continue to grow as a team. IMO they need more than one player to help change their program around. I see this as a no trade team.
TB: they have as many holes to fill as us and they have the luxury of two 2nd rounders. Still, too many holes and not enough DP's. They could give us a player and DP's, but who do we want vs who do they want to give us? Not the best roster IMO. Plus they are shopping their pick around.
WAS: sure they want a QB and are currently shopping Campbell around, but they also need a RB & S help. They can stay where they are and get one of their needs filled. I don't see this team moving from their spot unless it's to trade back for more picks.
OK, after the top three we have picks 4-15 that really anything is possible, but this year makes less possible.
KC, SET, CLE, OAK, JAC, DEN, & MIA all have a multitude of needs. The question is, who in this draft is worth multiple picks and which team needs him? KC, DEN, & MIA don't need QB's [tho DEN does have Orton, enough said] and have lots of holes to fill. Do they trade up? NIMO. None of them can afford to give up what they don't have so they stay put. SET, CLE, OAK, & JAC have many needs, just not as much as the top 3 do. SET & CLE [new coach could mean Quinn or Anderson leave or both leave] have QB needs, but SET has multiple draft picks. Does SET trade up with us or someone like TB to get their guy? They can fill any need with the pick behind us and at the same time not give in to our needs [extra picks] which will allow us to get better. Who wants to face a good Rams team twice a year? OK, back to CLE. This looks to be an interesting scenerio. The team has needs at WR, TE, OL, DL [3-4] and possible QB and they have extra picks. I think they'll keep Quinn and try and get talent around him. Translation, no need to move up when we will have talent where we are at. Do we think Anderson would be good for a year or two? This would be a bargaining chip for CLE, but w/so many other needs they'll stay put. OAK & JAC...what do they have to offer? Players only as they don't have extra picks that are worthy of a trade, but who knows what that crazy a$$ Al Davis will do.
A question, anything beyond pick 15 should we entertain offers? I truly believe we will find impactful players lower in the first and enough in the 2nd and 3rd we'd come away an even younger team of starters. One team that has draft picks up the a$$ is NE. The thing is, they have the draft picks to stay put and fill all their needs. They can even gamble on a pick or two. One thing Belichick & his staff does well is evaluate talent. I just don't see them moving up unless they fell in love w/the top pick. Anyone else? ARI needs a QB bad, but unless they trade DP's and Boldin it'd be nuts to move that far back. What way do others see this?