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2014 NFL Draft Rumors: St. Louis Rams more likely to trade No. 13 if Texans take Jadeveon Clowney

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The St. Louis Rams have always wanted to trade down from the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, as they would be in a bit of  a bind if they are forced to make their pick there. Most of the top prospects don’t fit them there, so the best option for the Rams would be to draft Khalil Mack, who can play DE or OLB for them, at No. 2 if the Houston Texans decide not to take him.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Texans are not expected to trade down, and B/R’s Matt Miller added that they are now expected to pull Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick. The Texans decision to stay put gives the Rams No. 2 pick more value on the trade market for teams still interested in moving up, but that value would most likely dissipate if the Texans do indeed decide to take Clowney first.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rams will likely have a better chance of trading the 13th overall pick than the second overall pick if Clowney is not available at No. 2. The Rams will be crossing their fingers for the Texans to take a quarterback, because that would definitely clear the way for the Rams to either take Mack or trade the pick to a team like the Atlanta Falcons. Drafting Clowney themselves is always an option, but it’s not an option I’m a big fan of.

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