It's a really good year to have the No. 2 overall pick, especially if you already have a franchise quarterback like the St. Louis Rams. Stanford's Andrew Luck is expected to be selected first overall by the Indianapolis Colts, and regardless of which team ends up with the second overall pick when all is said and done, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is expected to be picked next. This leaves the in an interesting position.
With Sam Bradford already considered a franchise quarterback, the Rams don't have any need to draft Griffin III. As a result, it's already being reported that the second overall pick will for sure be traded.
Rams will trade No. 2 pick. Only question is where. Chargers once got two 1s, a 3 and a 5 for Eli Manning. Rams likely to get similar deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2012
The good news for the Rams is that with multiple teams in the top 10 having a need at quarterback, it's possible a bidding war could happen over the No. 2 pick. What's more, with the new rookie salary structure, teams may be willing to give up more to move up than in the past.
Right now, I'd guess that either the Browns or Redskins will end up with the No. 2 overall pick. Cleveland currently is set to pick fourth overall, and they have a nice package of picks (including the 22nd overall pick) thanks to trading down with the Atlanta Falcons a year ago. The Redskins are two spots down at No. 6 overall, and owner Daniel Snyder strikes me as the kind of guy who would have no problem giving away future drafts to move up and get RGIII.
One of the more underlooked aspects of all this is that the Minnesota Vikings will get to select the top non-quarterback at No. 3 overall. I'm not sold on Christian Ponder by any means, but for better or worse, he is their franchise quarterback going forward. This means that with Luck and Griffin III set to go No. 1 and No. 2, the Vikings will have their choice of the top players in the draft at other positions. That's a pretty good spot to be in and sort of reminds me of the Lions' situation in 2010. Ndamukong Suh seemed like he had more talent than Bradford, but because the Rams needed a QB, Suh fell to the Lions at No. 2 overall.
If you were in the Rams' shoes, what kind of haul would you be looking for to move down from the second pick?