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Report: LA Rams Among Four Teams "In Play" To Trade For #1 Overall Pick In 2016 NFL Draft

Time to ramp up the rumor mill...

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Here we go.

Robert Klemko of SI's MMQB is reporting the Los Angeles Rams are among four teams including the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles "in play" to trade up for the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft:

At the moment, there are four teams in play to trade up to the No. 1 spot: Cleveland (as insurance against losing their preference of [Cal QB Jared] Goff or [North Dakota St. QB Carson] Wentz), San Francisco (No. 7), Philadelphia (No. 13) and Los Angeles (No. 15). And I don’t believe it will take the "king’s ransom" Titans GM Jon Robinson says a team will have to give up to move to No. 1. (Robinson later clarified his remarks, saying he did not want to give the impression the Titans were unwilling to move down). My hunch is that the deal will land somewhere south of the legitimate king’s ransom Washington paid for the right to draft Robert Griffin III—basically, three first-rounders and a second-round pick.

Now there's no real sense of Klemko's sources here, so let's set out two aspects here outright.

1.) If true, this would indicate the Rams front office aren't as comfortable with Case Keenum as their 2016 Week 1 starter as they have intimated all offseason.

2.) If true, they're so uncomfortable with the current QB trio of Keenum, Nick Foles and Sean Mannion that they're entertaining to some degree the idea of trading from the 15th overall pick to the first pick in the draft. Now Klemko's note at the end of that quote may refer to the cost to the teams ahead of the Rams interested...because moving from #15 to #1 would be...well, just no.

Here's the baseline. It's March 25. There's no reason to let this give you the tradesweats. Instead, this is just a benchmark report we can bounce the next month of rumors off of, because they're going to be coming hot and heavy soon.