It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick them. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. Ok, let’s get into it. The St. Louis Rams are on the clock.
The Rams continue to benefit from the 2012 RG3 trade. Despite finishing 7-9 this past season, the Rams own the No. 2 and No. 13 overall picks. In a perfect world they’d be able to make a similar move and trade down to acquire a bounty of picks. Because this draft is so deep, finding a trade partner could be a steep challenge.
While quarterback Sam Bradford continues to rehabilitate from a torn ACL, which ended his season in Week 7, the Rams should do everything they can to help their franchise QB.
They also could continue to add to a defense which racked up the third-most sacks (53.0) in the NFL in 2013.
Clemson WR Sammy Watkins
For years the Rams have been looking to add an elite wide receiver. While they’ve spent top 33 draft picks on Tavon Austin and Brian Quick the last two seasons, adding Watkins could be a real game changer. Watkins displayed his exceptional speed in Indianapolis. The 6-foot-1, 211-pounder ran a sub-4.4. in the 40-yard dash. He’s a highlight waiting to happen and will give Bradford and Co. a consistent weapon on the outside.
Auburn OT Greg Robinson
The Rams were able to keep Rodger Saffold, who has the versatility to play multiple positions on the offensive line. Left tackle Jake Long is coming off a catastrophic torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. Should the Rams select Robinson, who has the most upside at the offensive tackle position in this class, they’d be adding a mountain of a man who measures in at 6-foot-5, 332 pounds. Don’t be fooled by his size, though. The former Auburn Tiger is light on his feet and can effortlessly handle a wide array of speed rushers.
Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews
If the Rams are looking to play it safe, they should opt for Matthews. After playing four seasons in College Station, the 6-foot-5, 308-pound tackle appears to be the most steady selection at No. 2 overall. On top of that he’s a natural athlete, coming from the Matthews bloodline. While he might not have the measurables of Robinson, Matthews is a very fluid athlete and has a lot of room to grow.
Buffalo LB Khalil Mack
While the Rams are loaded with pass-rushing artists such as Chris Long, Robert Quinn and Alec Ogletree, you just can’t have enough people who can get to the quarterback. Mack could be an intriguing option. Some draft analysts have tabbed Mack as the most gifted player in the draft, but because he played against lower competition, he doesn’t garner the same type of respect as other players.
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
Manziel isn’t necessarily addressing a permeating need for the Rams, but he would be solid insurance behind Bradford. Hell, who are we kidding? This selection would create a full-blown quarterback battle, which would likely result in the Rams turning the page on The Sam Bradford Era. The former Heisman Trophy winner would bring life and excitement to St. Louis, but must prove he can throw from the pocket.