Robert Griffin III's impressive showing at the Combine has made the No. 2 draft position the big story of the draft, and the Rams have reportedly already begun trade discussions.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Rams have had trade discussions with the Browns, Redskins and Dolphins, teams that have the No. 4, No. 6 and No. 8 picks in April's draft, respectively.
At the Combine, new GM Les Snead was asked about trading down.
"I've definitely heard there's a rumor that there's two good quarterbacks in this draft. I've heard that," he said. "We're going to be prepared for all options, especially if multiple teams think there are two good quarterbacks and one goes first. We're going to be prepared for all those options. If there's no option at all, then we'll have to pick there and we'll do that."
Per the ESPN report, the Rams are looking for a deal similar to what the Chargers received for the rights to Eli Manning, the 2004 No. 1 pick. The Giants sent San Diego 2004 first-round pick QB Philip Rivers, a first-round pick in 2005, a third-rounder in '04 and a fifth-round choice in '05 for Manning.
It's expected that the Colts will select Andrew Luck with the first overall pick. The Rams, who used the No. 1 pick to draft Sam Bradford in 2010, are set at quarterback. The Browns, Redskins and Dolphins are all teams seeking a franchise signalcaller.
The way we see it
It's not a surprise that the Rams will be shopping the No. 2 pick, and with a new rookie wage scale, teams don't have to break the bank for a pick that high, which could generate more lucrative trade offers to move up. Two dominoes must fall first, though, before we have a better idea of which teams are most likely to move up — Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. The teams that sign those two players, assuming Manning becomes available, will be out of the running for Griffin.