I'm a Bills fan, and there's an interview Buddy Nix (Bills GM) gave not to long ago I thought might interest a few Rams fans. He said there were two teams that contacted the Bills prior to the draft that wanted to trade down for Buffalo's spot. Those same two teams both called back when they were on the clock and again made an offer to trade.
Now there were nine teams picking ahead of the Bills. We can rule out Indianapolis, Washington, Cleveland, and Jacksonville from having made an offer. All of them either having already committed to their player, or having traded up prior to their turn. It's unlikely the Dolphins or Panthers would have been making the offer either. It would be a trade with a division rival for Miami, and it would be odd to be so eager to trade down only 1-2 spots when their were rumors of the Bills' interest in both teams' selected players.
That leaves three teams for two offers, and I believe the Rams are the most likely team to have made one of them. They ended up trading down even further, so they'd obviously have been willing to drop, but they may have preferred not to go quite so far as 14. So, what would have happened if Nix had said yes? There's a couple of different ways the trade could have gone. Maybe the Rams would have received the Bills 3rd and one of their 4th round picks in addition to their first, but I'll stick to a scenario that makes for easy comparison.
Bills' picks at 10 and 41 for Rams at 6 and 96. Given the Bills went CB, it's reasonable to assume Claiborne would have still gone at 6 leaving the top 9 picks in the same order. In essence the Rams would have been giving up the Chris Givens selection to pick 4 spots earlier in both the first and second round (3rd second round pick.)
You guys cans speculate far better than I what those actual selections would have been. Just thought I'd share since I love these sorts of what if scenarios myself. I'll even throw up a poll after the jump for if you'd have preferred this trade to the one with Dallas.
Would you have preferred to throw in pick 96 to get picks 10 and 41 over 14 and 45?
Yes, I really liked some of the players picked right before us. (23 votes)
No, our picks were solid. I'll stick with them and Givens. (109 votes)
What are you even doing here? Go back to the Buffalo forums. (22 votes)
154 total votes