What Would Rodger Saffold Be Worth in a Trade?

Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

For the sake of discussion, let's assume St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold has been quietly placed on the trading block...

... What would he be worth in the current offensive tackle starved NFL? After watching the video you're about to see, I couldn't help but think this is a sellers market for teams wanting to ship out a player. While I have no idea if Saffold has ended his recent "nutty" after the Jake Long signing, it does bare exploring.

When Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews decided to return to school - instead of entering the 2013 NFL Draft - they may have set in motion a draft "demand vs supply" problem. NFL teams like San Diego, who are tackle starved, could have stood pat at their #11 overall first round pick, and landed a high caliber starter for their offensive line. That isn't the case now. More and more, NFL teams are scrambling to fill a potential void at both left, and right tackle. The draft day stock of players like North Carolina's Brennan Williams is rising. If Williams had been a prospect in 2012, I'm not sure he would've rated anything more than a 4th round consideration. In 2013, he could very well end up a 2nd round pick.

This brings to mind Rodger Saffold, an established - though unremarkable - left tackle for the St. Louis Rams. While not a free agent this year, he will be in 2014. If he were shopped in the current "tackle friendly" NFL market, what kind of draft pick(s) could Jeff Fisher and Les Snead wrangle out of a possible trade partner? I mentioned Williams earlier for a reason. Saffold, being an NFL starter, would garner at least the same round consideration, right? Wrong? Let me know what you think in the comments.


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