For now, I want to be the voice of reason, because the Rams did a great job even before the 2012 NFL draft started. They shopped the second overall pick to the Washington Redskins for the sixth overall pick, receiving the Redskins’ 2013 and 2014 first-round picks and a second in 2012, collecting real estate for the future.

Yesterday, most Rams fans were asking why the team’s new regime had allowed other organizations to leapfrog them. How could receivers Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd, and arguably the best defensive lineman in Fletcher Cox, have been allowed to get away? While the Rams brass won’t admit it, they got beat on those players. Some things are simply not in your control in the whacky world of the NFL draft.

I feel after Blackmon was taken, trading back was the best thing to do. Taking Floyd, with his variety of off-the-field issues, was a true risk and there is no value in that. After they surveyed their board and found several players still very intriguing, another trade partner emerged: the Dallas Cowboys. Swapping picks moved the Rams down the board to No. 14, and they acquired the Cowboys’ 45th pick in the second round. Rams fans need to enjoy the art of drafting; it was in high fashion and extremely productive. I love the plan of trading down and drafting a starter who fills a need. That is how you build a roster, quickly, and become competitive in a division that is not waiting around for you to get better.

General manager Les Snead said of the trade, “I’m not going to name the players but there were multiple players that we really liked at that pick (No. 6), but we also had a plan that we talked about all week. If they didn’t fall there then we would try to move back and pick up another pick, and the goal was to pick up another second so that we could spread the pick and get more and also get a player we wanted.”

With that being said, the Rams drafted a player who was ranked in my top 10. I watched seven tapes on Michael Brockers – not because it took me that long to evaluate him, but because I enjoyed every snap.

“He was one of our top rated players on the board,” Snead said. “We felt like we have two young, good to very good ends and we signed (DT) Kendall Langford, so being one of our better players on the board, not only do we get one of the players we wanted, but we made the defensive line unit one of our strongest units on the team.”

When both Snead and Fisher were asked if they regretted missing out on the 2012 draft’s top wide receiver, Snead said, “Not at this point, no. Remember, it’s a seven-round draft and we do have a plan for wide receiver and multiple other positions. We were comfortable in what happened, I can tell you that.”

I know Rams fans are thinking, What’s the plan that Snead is talking about? We have heard that before. Heading into the second round, there are plenty of receivers still on the board who are worthy of picks 33, 39, and 45 (Rueben Randle, Alshon Jeffery, Stephen Hill, Brain Quick, Marvin McNutt, Mohamed Sanu) and would help Sam Bradford and the Rams’ offense immediately, not to mention other options that would solidify the offensive line, linebacking corps, cornerback position and more. While I believe the Rams will trade down again early in the second round to grab an extra third-round pick, this is not the time to panic, jump off the ship or even throw your hands in the air with disgust.

I believe in the new regime and the direction this franchise is headed. Nonetheless, they must continue to help themselves by drafting starters like Brockers. Filling needs with the best available players on the board remains the key to building a championship foundation.