Well, the inevitable has arrived. According to Adam Schefter, the Los Angeles Rams have already received calls for the 31st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft from numerous interested teams:
At No. 31, the Rams already have received calls from teams interested in trading into the back of the first round, per sources. Teams value getting the fifth-year option in the contract’s of first-round picks, and the back of the draft tonight is likely to be fluid and busy.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2019
This should come as a shock to nobody as General Manager Les Snead has always been a player when it comes to draft-day trades. Like Schefter mentioned, teams value the fifth-year option on rookie contracts, and only first-round picks have the option on their contracts.
What does this mean for the Rams?
Well, it means their draft will suddenly include more players — if they trade back. The Rams currently lack a second-round pick due to the trade for CB Marcus Peters last offseason, though it’s a possibility they could recoup that pick (or something later) if the decision to trade back comes to fruition.
As it stands, here’s the Rams’ current crop of draft selections:
2019 NFL Draft LA Rams Order
|2||61||29||Via Chiefs||Taylor Rapp||S||Washington|
|3||70||6||Via Buccaneers||Darrell Henderson||RB||Memphis|
|3||79||15||Via Falcons||David Long||CB||Michigan|
|3||97||33||Via Patriots||Bobby Evans||OL||Oklahoma|
|4||134||32||Via Patriots||Greg Gaines||DT||Washington|
|5||169||31||Rams pick||David Edwards||OT||Wisconsin|
|7||243||29||Via Patriots||Nick Scott||S||Penn State|
|7||251||37||Comp pick||Dakota Allen||LB||Texas Tech|
If history is any indication, don’t expect the Rams to stay put and make a draft selection tonight. Happy draft day!
Teams I’m told have shown the most interest in trading down: #Jets (3), #Lions (8), #Dolphins (13), #Seahawks (21/29), #Rams (31).— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 25, 2019
NFL.com’s Peter Schrager released his final mock draft of the season today, and he has the Rams trading pick #31 to the Denver Broncos for pick #41 and a third-rounder (#72).
Benjamin Allbright also did the same:
31. DEN (trade up with LAR) - Dalton Reisner— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) April 25, 2019
32. NE - Irv Smith
That’s two incredibly plugged-in people projecting the same outcome. The Rams trading with the Broncos could be a distinct possibility.
Charles Robinson of Yahoo is now reporting a similar trend:
3. In terms of pick movement, top candidates to move up appear to be the #Redskins at 15 and #Texans at 23. Top candidates to move down, #Jets at 3 and #Lions at 8. The “move up and get your QB’s fifth year option” trade target at the end of the first, appears to be #Rams at 31.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) April 25, 2019