In breaking news that should come as no surprise to The Sports Rockers and other prognosticators
, the St. Louis Rams have decided to trade down
in the 2012 NFL draft on April 26th. It should have been obvious to anyone watching St. Louis chase the #1 draft pick in December and January, the Rams were doing everything to get the top pick just short of refusing to take the field. And Minnesota was no slouch either; the Vikings did their best to stink it up all the way to the top.
From the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes, vol VII
Meanwhile, the Vikings and Rams keep losing. They're not stupid, they know what's at stake: you think Minnesota wouldn't love to plug Andrew Luck into a backfield with Adrian Peterson?
When the season ended, however, the Rams had come up one loss short so there was zero chance of getting Luck. What about Griffin III? He had a pretty good combine
, why not him? Well, there was always Sam Bradford, the overall #1 just a few years ago, taking a spot on the roster. You might bench him for Luck, a once-in-a-generation QB prospect, but maybe you don't have faith that RGIII's talent will translate to the pro game. Or maybe the Rams would have traded the #1 pick too?
Either way, it now looks like a surefire Luck-RGIII 1-2 with maybe Cleveland moving up to take Griffin. I'm not as sold on Griffin at the #2 as others; it feels a bit high, like a Vince Young or Tim Tebow Redux. Where does that leave the #3 Vikings then? SWP (Stuck with Ponder). However the Vikings too are looking to move down
. That doesn't make sense either -- your star receiver
last year was Percy Harvin
with less than 1000 yards and all of six touchdowns? And you've got the chance to take Justin Blackmon. Why pass that up?
We've still got two months until the draft and there will be countless rumors and deals between now and then. I don't trust any of it until I see the guy walk across the stage and shake the commissioner's hand. The only "for certain" deal I'd bet on right now is Luck to the Colts (with Manning gone by early March). The rest, the endless draft boards and Kiper-esque prognostications, are just guesses to fill air time.