Much of the NFL draft attention has centered around the Houston Texans–and deservedly so–as they own the top pick in next month’s draft, but the real intrigue lies with the St. Louis Rams who own the second and 13th pick and could field offers for their first of two first round picks.
The Rams have traded back in each of the last two first rounds and have few glaring holes compared to most teams picking near the top of the draft and that has led Rams general manager Les Snead to say he’s had some flirtatious calls about moving the pick.
“We have had some conversations with multiple teams,” Snead tells Greg Bedard of MMQB.com on Sunday night. “They’re more flirtatious calls than anything. We have numbers 2 and 13, but Houston has number one. Nobody can really seriously chat with us until they are happy with at least two players. I think what might happen as we get closer to the draft, maybe it comes to fruition what Houston is going to do, maybe it doesn’t, you have more serious talks probably the week of the draft going, ‘Hey, if our player is there at 2, this is what we’re going to offer.’ I think it will get more serious.”
The loose translation to this is as follows: If Jadeveon Clowney is on the board at No. 2, expect those calls to be more than flirtatious and get hot and heavy.
If the Texans take Clowney with the top pick, the interest of teams picking below the Rams may not be as flirtatious, and in that case look for the Rams to take an offensive tackle, likely Auburn’s Greg Robinson or Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews, whose father Bruce was coached by Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.