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Rams willing to trade down

Pat Shurmur

Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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It’s widely believed that the Colts will pick a quarterback with the first selection in the 2012 draft. It’s also widely believed that the Rams will then auction the ability to take the next quarterback with the second selection in the 2012 draft to the highest bidder.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier today that multiple teams already have had preliminary discussions with the Rams, that the Rams are willing to trade the pick, and that the Rams likely will end up doing so.

The team that makes the most sense is the Browns, given that they hold the fourth overall pick and the 22nd pick, which they acquired as part of the Julio Jones trade. And coach Pat Shurmur left the door open to a possible trade up, telling reporters that the team would not “be hesitant at all” to make a move.

You evaluate everything,” Shurmur said, according to the News-Journal. “I wouldn’t say we’re hesitant to do anything. We’re excited about the fact that we’re going to make our team better with this draft. That’s the way we approach it. We’re not hesitant at all.

“We can just stand pat and take two really fine players, guys that we would hope to be starters for us. Having two first-round picks, you have flexibility if you want to do something.”

Yep. They’re gonna try to trade up. Or, as offensive coordinator Brad Childress would say, the idea of trading up isn’t a programmatic non-fit.