I was sitting at work, listening to people complain about the cost of tv service (I work for DirecTV, in the retention department, so it's not anything unusual) and while doing this I was contemplating what I would be doing on Saturday (which I'm sure you all have very similar plans) and it hit me: for the first time in year's outside of maybe--MAYBE-- the top two picks, this draft doesn't see a huge dropoff in talent until the later part of round 3 (in my opinion).
That means that this draft is deep, with playmakers available in every single round. Playmakers available particularly at arguably the two biggest needs the Rams have, namely wide receiver and safety. You could make the argument that the Rams need an offensive lineman, but with the addition of Jake Long, there's no denying that the line is excellent as is, and knowing Fisher's proclivity to avoid first round offensive linemen, they're really looking for rough projects that can be coached up.
So I pose the question: should the opportunity arise to trade either the #16 or the #22 pick for a team desperate for players this year (the Browns come to mind) for a 3rd rounder this year and a first rounder next year (future picks are always worth less on draft day than current picks) do you pull the trigger?
If the Browns called Les Snead with the Rams are on the clock at #16, Warmack, Cooper and Austin are there, and offer a 3rd this year and their first next year, does Les Snead pull the trigger?
I would have to say yes. A first round pick next year, bringing the total to 3, and a 3rd round pick this year, would undoubtedly be a better gamble than say, Austin, at #16. I like Austin, and I think he'll be a game changer if he ends up on the right team, and I would love to have him on the Rams, but next year a prospect with a similar build, similar speed, and similar utilization will be available. As a matter of fact, two of them will be: Oregon's DeAnthony Thomas (or DAT as he is referred to) and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, will both more than likely make the jump to the NFL. Thomas due to the current situation at Oregon, Cooks due to the fact that he probably doesn't gain anything by staying in Corvallis if he puts up good numbers this season.
With players like Marquise Lee, Jadaveon Clowney, Taylor Lewan, Jake Matthews and Jordan Matthews available next year, in addition to the guys mentioned above, it seems worth it to me to have some ammunition to trade way up in the draft, or have three high value picks available for that class of players rather than the players that will be available this year.
If a trade like that presents itself, I have to say, I pull the trigger, plug some holes this year, hope the Redskins and whoever we trade with have terrible seasons, and risk possibly missing the playoffs, to have three first round picks to play with in a rather top heavy draft next season. I don't want to win for a year and sink back to mediocrity. I want to DOMINATE for the next 10 years after getting future all pros in a deep draft class.