Trade No. 2
Deal guard/center Austin Blythe
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Another valuable asset the Rams could find a decent haul for is offensive lineman Austin Blythe. A 2016 seventh rounder out of Iowa, Blythe has blossomed into a solid NFL starter. Blythe can play both center and guard, which would give another team an immediate starter at either spot.
Our friends over at Ramblin’ Fan suggested the Rams take advantage of the Philadelphia Eagles’ recent misfortune. The Eagles’ starting right guard, Brandon Brooks suffered a torn achilles while in a workout a couple days ago. If they believe they have a shot at the division and a playoff run, they could make an offer for someone like Blythe.
If not Philadelphia, maybe another team in need of a guard would entertain an offer for Blythe, who has started 31 out of 32 games in the past two seasons. A handful of teams which come to mind, like the Miami Dolphins or New York Jets, finished last year as the bottom two teams in overall offensive line grades, per Football Outsiders. Both teams were also atrocious when it came to the middle of the line, and that’s where Blythe does his best work.
What would a possible return look like for Blythe? Considering he is still on the right side of 30, at 28 years old, I would imagine the Rams could fetch a pick somewhere between rounds three and five in exchange for a starting guard.