NFL Trade Rumors: St. Louis Rams Top Pick Traded To Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons or Jaguars Before April?

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Jan 28, 2014 01:25 PM EST
St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens
St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens (10) throws the ball during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Seattle won 27-9. (Photo : Reuters) "

The NFL trade rumor mill will start spinning for the St. Louis Rams as it gets closer to the NFL draft and teams like the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars all could be in the mix if they want to jump up to select someone like Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel, as the Rams top pick is at number two after the Redskins deal a couple years ago.

The Rams are in a very interesting position, as they have a quarterback coming off of major knee surgery and they are a young team with a veteran head coach in Jeff Fisher. The club has been smart about its draft picks over the past couple seasons and after making the deal with the Redskins two years ago so that Washington could take Robert Griffin, that deal is the gift that keeps on giving. Apart from the picks that the Rams originally got in the deal that season, the Washington pick this year is at number two and puts St. Louis in position to take a high impact player. Fisher is not opposed to trading the pick and the Rams have already said that they will listen to offers for the number two overall pick, which is the same spot they were in when they originally traded it to Washington.

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The Rams never thought they would be getting a pick this high, especially after the Redskins made the playoffs in the first season under Griffin, but things in the NFL often do not work out as expected and now they are looking at a number two pick again. The recovery of Sam Bradford will be integral to the process, as he will be making a ton of money over the next two seasons and that could get the Rams to take a young star to groom under him or they could cut Bradford and save the money on his massive six year deal from when he was drafted for someone like Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater.

Kellen Clemens jumped in for Bradford when he was injured, but that's not a long term solution and the team also has Chris Long coming off surgery and they will have to pay Robert Quinn as well and that could dictate what the team does in the draft.

The Falcons are not a team looking for a quarterback, but their GM traded up in the draft to get Julio Jones and there is a chance they could move up again to take someone like Jake Matthews on the offensive line. The Cleveland Browns, Vikings and Jaguars all could move up for a quarterback depending on how thing play out, especially if the Texans bypass one of the big names with the number one pick.

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