Heading into the 2021 NFL draft, the Los Angeles Rams are equipped with six picks. They lack first- and fifth-rounders, but they do have two picks in the third round.
With a lack of draft capital, general manager Les Snead could opt to trade down from the Rams’ first pick at No. 57, a strategy he’s used numerous times before.
Using the trade value chart, we came up with eight realistic trades the Rams could make if they want to move down slightly in the second round or possibly trade out of Round 2 altogether.
Trade down to 62 overall
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Rams trade: No. 57 (330 points) Packers trade: Nos. 62, 135 and 214 (326.7 points) The Packers are stockpiled with two picks in each of the fourth through sixth rounds. This is only a minor move up for Green Bay, which is why the Rams only get a fourth- and sixth-rounder in return for sliding back five spots. By doing this, the Rams would then have five picks in the top 135, which would give them plenty of ammo to add starters at key spots.
Trade down to 63 overall
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Rams trade: No. 57 (330 points) Chiefs trade: Nos. 63, 144 and 181 (327.4 points) This is a similar trade to the one above with Green Bay, dropping the Rams six spots while netting them an extra fourth- and fifth-round pick. They don’t currently have a fifth-rounder, so this would bridge the gap between their current picks at No. 141 and 209. They would then pick at Nos. 141, 144, 181 and 209.
Trade down to 65 overall
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Rams trade: Nos. 57 and 209 (336.2 points) Jaguars trade: Nos. 65, 130 and 145 (340 points) Jacksonville has 10 picks, with two each in the first, second, fourth and fifth rounds. They can more than afford to move up from the top pick in the third round if there’s a player they covet at No. 57. By doing this deal, the Rams would pick at 65, 88, 103, 130, 141 and 145. Again, plenty of draft capital to plug their many holes.
Trade down to 66 overall
Rams trade: Nos. 57 and 209 (336.2 points) Jets trade: Nos. 66 and 107 (340 points) Only the Eagles have more picks than the Jets, who have two picks in the first, third, fifth and sixth rounds. Les Snead loves sixth-rounders so giving up 209 may not be his preferred move, but by moving back six spots from No. 57, the Rams essentially jump 102 spots from 209 to 107.
Trade down to 70 overall
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Rams trade: No. 57 (330 points) Eagles trade: Nos. 70, 123 and 150 (318.8 points) This is where the move back becomes a bit more drastic. Sliding 13 spots may not be something Rams fans want their team to do, but stockpiling top-150 picks would be a good move for them. It’s unlikely the Eagles would give up Nos. 70 and 84 (410 points) for No. 57, but that could be a starting point for the Rams in this negotiation, with LA possibly kicking in No. 141 to add 35.5 points to the formula.
Trade down to 72 overall
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Rams trade: No. 57 (330 points) Lions trade: Nos. 72 and 101 (326 points) The Lions aren’t positioned to move up in the draft with only six picks, but they could package their two third-rounders to go up and get a player they like in the second round. Brad Holmes and Snead clearly have a strong connection, having made two trades already this offseason, so watch for Detroit as a potential trade partner. But again, with only six picks, it’s unlikely the Lions move up.
Trade down to 78 overall
Rams trade: Nos. 57 and 209 (336.2 points) Vikings trade: Nos. 78 and 90 (340 points) If the Rams get on the clock at No. 57 and there are a bunch of players they really like with second-round grades, they could choose to move way down to No. 78. It wouldn’t be an unprecedented move back by L.A. after it traded down multiple times in 2019 from No. 31 to 61 where it drafted Taylor Rapp, so a 21-spot fall is possible. In this scenario, they pick up two third-rounders, giving them four total. They could conceivably find four starters at No. 78, 88, 90 and 103.
Trade down to 79 overall
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Rams trade: Nos. 57, 141 and 2022 5th-rounder (365.5 points) Raiders trade: Nos. 79 and 80 (385 points) Let’s get a little crazy with this one. The Raiders have back-to-back picks in Round 3 and have eight total selections. They could package those two third-rounders to move up to No. 57 if someone they really like begins to slide. The Rams would have to give up their fourth-rounder, at the very least, and likely a future pick to make this happen. But having all those third-rounders would set the Rams up to fill their biggest holes at center, corner, linebacker and edge rusher.
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