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St. Louis Rams hint No. 2 overall pick could be had via trade

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Rams GM Les Snead signaled he's willing to listen to NFL teams interested in St. Louis' No. 2 overall pick.

Is history about to repeat itself? The St. Louis Rams traded the No. 2 overall draft pick to a team desperate for a franchise quarterback before the 2012 draft. Now, the Rams again have the No. 2 overall draft pick, the result of that trade with the Washington Redskins, and general manager Les Snead hinted he is open to moving that pick once again.

"There are going to be some teams that want to pick a quarterback, and that could increase the value of our pick," Snead told Peter King of Sports Illustrated. "I have told people I'm not sure I know how to draft without multiple first-round picks, so I'm always going to be interested when it comes to making sure I can continue to do that."

A trade would make sense, as the Rams do not have a glaring need that could be filled by one of the players likely to be at the top of the 2014 NFL Draft board. The franchise still seems committed to quarterback Sam Bradford for the time being, taking Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Derek Carr of Fresno State out of the equation.

Robert Quinn and Chris Long have emerged as premier edge rushers, so there is no huge need to take South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr.

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah lists the offensive line and wide receiver as the team's two biggest needs, but the draft class should be loaded at both positions, so a trade down would allow the Rams to still add a major talent later in the first round.

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But it takes a willing partner to make a deal, and that would mean a team willing to unload a similar haul to what the Rams received in 2012. That deal saw the Redskins surrender three first-round picks and a second-round pick to draft Robert Griffin III. There might not be a similar elite prospect that would prompt a team like the Cleveland Browns to give up multiple early-round selections.

If there is a talent of that caliber -- Bridgewater, Clowney, Barr and Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews would be the obvious names -- another team would like to move up to acquire, the Rams would seem to be open to making a deal.

Follow Dan Greenspan on Twitter @DanGreenspan.

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