The Rams will drive a hard bargain bargain for the second overall pick in the draft, and that’s because many think it will end up being QB Robert Griffin III.
Cleveland (fourth overall pick), Washington (sixth) and Miami (eighth) will be in the derby to move up; Seattle (12) and a couple of mystery teams could be too.
Add the fact that the money involved (four years, about $22 million) is likely to be less than the money paid to the top (current) free agent Matt Flynn, and the market for Griffin will be hopping.
“The whole paradigm has changed in several ways,” Rams COO Kevin Demoff told Peter King of SI.com Saturday night. “Griffin could be cheaper than Flynn. The fact that you can get a potential franchise quarterback for what the top picks are paid now makes it easier to justify trading a lot for it.”
Demoff thinks there will be three distinct windows to get a deal done. The first, and I think most unlikely, is before the free agency period opens March 13th; before Griffin gets hotter at his March 21 Pro Day, a team may choose to try to blow the Rams out of the water with an offer. The second would be after the Pro Day, when all the teams’ decision-makers are in one spot, Palm Beach, Fla., at the March 24-28 league meetings. The third: in the days or hours before the April 26 first round.
“You can’t tell what the musical chairs will do,” said Demoff. “Maybe someone will get left out and need Griffin. You don’t know.”
The Rams have to hope that two top-10 teams in the first round want to compete for the pick. Without that, they won’t be able to maximize value. The Rams will trade the pick, for sure. But the size of the ransom will depend on the seriousness of the competition.