Tuesday's trade of defensive tackle Adam Carriker to the Washington Redskins (for only a switch of fifth round picks - 135 & 163) suddenly opens up a gaping hole in the middle of the Rams' defense that could be filled by either Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy with the first pick.
Previously it had been believed that the Rams could not or would not take either of the defensive tackles with the first pick of the draft due simply to the fact that they'd placed so many dollars already into the defensive line.
By trading Carriker, the former 13th overall selection of the 2007 draft, the Rams, however, don't have the same restrictions.
Though some grade McCoy higher based on his athletic potential, Suh's greater strength, consistency and overall production makes him the logical candidate for the Rams, should they elect to ignore Sam Bradford with the first overall pick.
The move also is intriguing on the Washington end. Carriker's 6-5 frame and great upper body strength make him a natural candidate to play end in the Redskins' new 3-4 alignment.