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Do Not Trade Down. A Historical Perspective

Lifelong Rams fan out here in the left coast. There has been a lot of talk about trading down and stockpiling picks but if you look at our draft history over the last 25 years and compare the players we drafted in the top 10 of the draft with players drafted outside the top 10 there is a huge difference.

Top Ten Picks

2010 Sam Bradford QB, 2009 Jason Smith OL, 2008 Chris Long DE, 1999 Torry Holt WR, Grant Wistrom DE,1997 Orlando Pace OT, 1996 Lawrence Philips RB, 1995 Kevin Carter DE, 1993 Jerome Bettis RB, 1992 Sean Gilbert DT, 1991 Todd Lyght CB

Outside The Top Ten

2011 Robert Quinn DE, 2007 Adam Carriker DL, 2006 Tye Hill CB, 2005 Alex Barron OT, 2004 Stephen Jackson RB, 2003 Jimmy Kennedy DT, 2002 Robert Thomas LB, 2001 Damione Lewis DT, Adam Archuletta S, Ryan Pickett DT, 2000 Trung Candidate RB, 1994 Wayne Gandy OT, 1990 Bern Brostek C, 1989 Bill Hawkins DL, Cleveland Gary RB, 1988 Gaston Green RB, Aaron Cox WR, 1986 Mike Schad OL

There are some obvious outliers (Philips 96' & Jackson 04') and the works in progress (Smith 09' and Quinn 11') I'd take the top group in a heartbeat.

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