Any team hoping to secure the chance to draft quarterback Robert Griffin, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, likely will have to trade up to acquire the second-overall pick, which the St. Louis Rams currently own.
New Rams coach Jeff Fisher on Friday morning shared with reporters some thoughts about the value of the No. 2 pick and the possibility of trading it.
“From the standpoint of when you’re given a new opportunity, a fresh start, yes, it’s a great opportunity,” Fisher said. “Certainly it will define the immediate, and hopefully the long-term, future of this franchise. We have a lot of options, and we’re going to be prepared to do whatever.”
Fisher believes the rookie wage scale implemented last year will make trading up more attractive to other teams.
“We have options – the option to stay there and take the best player or listen to whoever is willing to talk,” Fisher said. “If we’re in a situation where we’ve got another member club that has expressed interest and the deal is good, it could be done before the draft day. We’ll be prepared.”
Griffin’s height measured over 6-foot-2 on Friday morning, which should at least calm any team’s fear that he is too short. By extension, the value of St. Louis’ No. 2 pick increased a bit.