The draft starts tonight and the rumors are flowing. The latest: the St. Louis Rams want to trade down from their 22nd overall pick.
Rams' second-first round pick, No. 22 overall, clearly is for sale. STL looking to deal out of 22.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2013
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold no first-round pick and would like to trade back into the first round. Reportedly they're interested in cornerback D.J. Hayden and tight end Tyler Eifert. Eifert is unlikely to be available at the Rams' pick, but D.J. Hayden might be. The Bucs may make a play for Hayden if he falls to number 22.
One more factor making this a little more intriguing: the Rams have a need for a running back, and the Buccaneers want to trade Legarrette Blount. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher signed Blount out of college as an undrafted free agent and may still hold some interest. The running back wouldn't be worth much, but he might be the last piece that could get a deal done.
If we look at this trade machine, the three modern, evidence-based draft value charts suggest that the Bucs could give the Rams a fourth-rounder in an equitable trade. It may take more, though, because the Bucs will face competition and most recent trades have favored the team trading down.
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