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2016 NFL Draft: The Los Angeles Rams And The "Foles and 4th Round Pick" Gambit

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Tonight, the Los Angeles Rams' GM Les Snead's hair can all but relax. The first round pick - #1 overall appears to be headed toward one of these two quarterback: Cal's Jared Goff, or NDSU's Carson Wentz. If so, the Rams' NFL Draft night should be done in the blink of an eye...

There's a problem though, in that Los Angeles has genuine needs at wide receiver, and no early draft capital to spend on the position, right? Maybe not... Don't be so fast to exclude the opportunity for Snead to swing a deal to move back into the second round on Day 2. The Rams have someone on the roster who still intrigues more than a few NFL coaches: Nick Foles...

If Goff or Wentz are picked, the Rams will have four quarterbacks on their roster. Young Sean Mannion looks like he'll be a cut candidate, but will the Rams keep Foles around to wallow on the bench at his salary? Case Keenum may draw some trade talks, but I think head coach Jeff Fisher has him locked in as his back up QB after either Goff or Wentz take over under center in the near future. All this is to say, there may very well be an opportunity to make a move if the right team can be found to make a draft night trade. Enter the Denver Broncos...

To be clear, I think the 2016 NFL Draft class is one of the weakest I've seen - at most positions - in quite some time. Yet, while I believe many game changing prospects aren't really there in this class, there's decent value to be had on Day 2 of the NFL Draft that won't be there when the Rams' select on Day 3. To move up in the draft, Snead is going to have to make a series of jumps, with Nick Foles and a 4th rounder being the first step. Denver has a boat load of picks - 10 - they can use to find a guy who isn't famous for butt fumbling. Mark Sanchez isn't going to take the Broncos back to the Super Bowl.

If the Broncos' John Elway could be enticed to part with their second round pick  for Foles and a Rams 4th rounder, the game is on for a move up even further. The range the Rams need to be in is the middle of the second round, where Ohio State WR Michael Thomas, or Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard could be hanging around. Both have - at the very least - #2 wide receiver potential, and should make to Day 2.

It's going to take some wheeling an dealing by Les Snead, and hopefully he doesn't dip into any remaining future draft capital to force a trade up. The Rams' still have a second-round pick in 2017 to play with, but it makes me edgy to even think throwing it into a trade...

Honestly, I'm not all that sure what Nick Foles' actual trade value could be? Thoughts? Give me some scenarios for the Rams to move up into the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The brave among you may want to throw in a player other than Foles. If so, who would it be?