Back in 2012, the St. Louis Rams agreed to trade the second overall pick in the draft for a trio of first-round picks plus a second-round pick from Washington, a move that would allow Washington to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III out of Baylor.
The Rams had used the first overall pick just two years prior to take quarterback Sam Bradford out of Oklahoma, who would go on to win AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2010. The Rams had enough belief in Bradford, and the compensation was so significant, that the deal was too good to pass up. St. Louis would parlay those four picks into a total of eight selections, the last of which was made this past May in the 2014 draft.
The Rams, 6-7 this season, would pick 12th in the 2015 draft if the regular season ended today. It doesn't end today, but a top-five pick is already a mathematical impossibility, with five teams already at 11 losses. The likelihood is that St. Louis will fall into the draft range where the very best quarterbacks will be long gone (call it picks 12-18, depending on their final three games).
But with a glaring need for a long-term solution, a collection of young talent, an already dominant defense (they've posted consecutive shutouts) and the chance to ascend in the NFC West, St. Louis needs to trade up in the draft and find their signal-caller of the future. Let's take a look at why the move is necessary, and how the Rams can pull it off.