Most the talk in Rams Nation regarding potential draft-day trades has been about trading down from the #2 overall pick in order to stockpile more overall picks later in the draft. But what if we kept the #2 overall pick and traded up from #13 instead?
What if we picked Clowney with the #2 pick, and then traded up to between #4 and #6 overall to select Watkins, and then selected offensive linemen, safeties, and corners the rest of the draft? I think even Rams fans dead set on drafting an offensive lineman in the 1st round would be willing to give up on that dream if we could get Clowney and Watkins.
Last year we traded up from 16th overall to #8, so shouldn't it also be possible to trade up from #13 to around #5? That's the same number of spots, eight. I have no doubt it would be harder to get into the top five or six picks compared to the top eight last year, but it may still be possible, and if the reward is Clowney and Watkins, I would be looking at any way within reason, as long as the price isn't completely absurd, to get it done.
Of course, I'm starting to have some doubts that Clowney will even be available at #2. Personally I would be happy if this team drafted Manziel, but I've given up talking about that so right now the focus is on Clowney and Watkins for me, while some others are also interested in Matthews.
So let's say Clowney isn't available at #2. What if we did a combination of trading up and down? What if traded down from the #2 pick to the #4 or #5 pick, and then used some of the extra 2nd and/or 3rd round draft picks from that trade to also move up from #13 to #5 or #6? Then we could take Watkins at #4 or #5, the pick we traded down to get from our #2 selection, and then we could take, say, Matthews with the pick we traded up to get from our #13 selection?
Of course I personally don't want to take an offensive lineman with either of our 1st round picks, but I'm just spitballing here. Either way it goes, we could have our pick of two of the very top rated players in the draft if we executed either of these two scenarios I've outlined. With the first scenario, we could get Clowney and Watkins (or Clowney and Matthews but I'm not excited about that. Or Clowney and Manziel which would be great but I'd be just as happy with Watkins and no one else seems to want Manziel but me). With the second scenario, we could get Watkins and either Matthews or Manziel.
Bottom line, we could get two players out of the following four: Clowney, Watkins, Matthews, Manziel. And I think that's really the best anyone could hope for. I think if we stand pat with our picks, we will only be able to get one of those players. I think if we trade down from our #2 overall selection, but stand pat with our 13th overall pick, we will only be able to get one of these players. But as long as we can find a way to trade up from #13, even if it means we also have to trade down from #2, we can get two of these players. Now, if Clowney is still there at #2, I'd probably take him, especially if I knew I could still get Watkins at #4 or #5 by trading up from #13. But if Clowney isn't available, then I'd definitely be willing to trade down a couple picks from #2 if it means moving up from #13 to around #5 (even if we have to add an extra pick of our own in to make that happen), because I don't think we'd be losing anything moving down from #2 to #4 or #5 anyway assuming Clowney is already lost. Unless Manziel is who we want after all, or unless Watkins is gone by #4 or #5. But otherwise, I think this idea might have some potential.
What do you guys think?