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Assessing the Rams' chances of getting the first pick

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- As the St. Louis Rams traveled to Minnesota to play the Vikings little more than a month ago, there was genuine hope that they'd turned the corner and were going to make a run at the postseason.

The Rams narrowly lost that game and haven't won any of the three they've played since. Which has turned the conversation from 'Can the Rams actually make a run at the playoffs?' to 'Where will they draft?' Of course, there are plenty of other questions about the team, but stick with me here for a moment.

On Wednesday, ESPN NFL Nation columnist Kevin Seifert took a look at the 10 teams still at least sort of in the race for the No. 1 overall pick.

The Rams made the list, but not by much, checking in at No. 9. According to the Football Power Index, that means the Rams have a 0.2 percent chance of landing the top pick. With eight teams between them and the spot, even losing out might not be enough to get the Rams to the top pick. The FPI odds of landing a top-five pick are better, coming in at 15.2 percent.

With four wins, the Rams might already be out of the mix for the top spot, but they have a clear need for a franchise quarterback. We'll see if they are once again not good enough to make the postseason and too good to not land a pick that can give them some help at the game's most important position.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of Wednesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... We started the day by previewing Wednesday's owners meetings in Dallas from a Rams' perspective. ... The Ram-blings looked at new Cleveland starting quarterback Austin Davis. ... Rams kicker Zach Hocker had quite a whirlwind in becoming the team's kicker over the weekend. ... Defensive end Chris Long is the team's nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. ... We wrapped things up with Wednesday's injury report. ... The best and worst case scenarios for all 32 NFL teams over the final five weeks. ...

Elsewhere:

Here's the rundown of candidates for the Payton award.

NFL owners gave the go-ahead to trading compensatory picks in the future.

Brown reporter Pat McManamon offers five things to know about Davis.

At 101sports.com, Anthony Stalter writes that the Rams and Eagles have problems that run much deeper than their offseason swap of quarterbacks.

Bernie Miklasz examines the state of readiness of rookie quarterback Sean Mannion.

At stltoday.com, David Hunn writes that Rams owner Stan Kroenke is willing to partner with another team in Los Angeles.

Hunn also offered an update on how the NFL views the St. Louis stadium proposal.