As he takes over the St. Louis Rams, who enter the NFL Draft with the second overall pick, Jeff Fisher says his team has a “great opportunity,” and that he likes the options at hand.
“It’s a great opportunity. Hopefully it will define the immediate and hopefully the long-term future of this franchise,” Fisher said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We have a lot of options, and we’re going to be prepared to do whatever. . . . We have options: option to stay there and take the best player, or listen to whoever wants to talk.”
The Indianapolis Colts are expected to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck first overall. Then there figures to be a fair amount of interest in the Rams’ pick, particularly from teams looking to move up to land Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, such as the Redskins.
Washington holds the sixth overall pick and needs a quarterback, but sitting at fourth overall is Cleveland, which also needs a quarterback and has a late first-round pick, as well.
In addition to swapping first-round picks this year, the Rams also could receive a second-, third- and/or fourth-round pick in this year’s draft. Or, some analysts have speculated that St. Louis could possibly receive a first-round pick in the 2013 draft as part of a package.
The acquisition of such pieces would enable the Rams to meet multiple needs with quality draft picks.
The Rams have their franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, the first overall pick in 2010. Bradford was selected by the previous regime, but Fisher made it clear that he has no intentions of trading Bradford and starting over with another quarterback.
“That would not be an option,” Fisher said.
Fisher said he has no problem staying at No. 2 to take the player that bests fits his team’s needs if the Rams do not receive an offer to their liking.
“If we’re in a situation where we have another club that expresses an interest, and the deal is good, then the deal could be done before draft day,” Fisher said. “We’ll be prepared.”