Alright, so after the McNabb trade and the Marshall rumors I decided that I wanted to create my own 5 round run of who the Rams should draft in 3 weeks. Using the general draft position of walterfootball.com, here is my opinion on who the Rams draft in the first 5 rounds!
1. Sam Bradford: University of Oklahoma (thank you Mel Kiper)
At this point with little to no indication that another team is going to make a move to the first pick for Bradford, I think the Rams go ahead and draft their future franchise QB. Now this is going to cost roughly 70 million but who else would the Rams spend that money on than a past Heisman winner and one of the most accurate QB's in college football history. In an ideal world, I would love to see Bradford in a workout against his former teammate Gerald McCoy and face some real pressure before throwing a truck of money at him, but sadly that is not an option. Go with the highest potential QB in the draft (sorry Jimmy Clausen) and spend your money where it is most needed (Goodbye King Suh).
2. Everson Griffen: USC
OK, I don't actually really like this pick, but based on WalterFootball, and the rest of the draft I am shooting DE with the 2nd pick. Griffen has all the tools needed to be a phenomenal DE in the NFL, but I doubt that non-stop drive is there to make him a Dwight Freeney type player, quick to get off the ball and able to use that quickness to make large unmovable linemen stumble and fall all over themselves. BUT! If the desire is there and can be harnessed the Rams D-Line makes a MAJOR improvement and QBs will actually have to be worried about pass protection when dealing with the Rams.
3. Navorro Bowman: Penn State
The second/third pick is where I have a little trouble. I thought going Sergio Kindle in the second round to address OLB, and probably like that pick more than Griffen, but with Bowman most likely available here I had to take Griffen instead. Bowman is a first round talent, he just has to never step outside his house when not playing football. Two prior probations will make any team quiver, but in the third round, this could be one of the great steals of the draft. Now the real question becomes does Spags draft him knowing his past and the dedication to the pillars concept. I hope that due to the true talent of this kid that the Rams will make the jump and pick up a steal at this point.
4. Toby Gerhart: Stanford
We have Steven Jackson. He hurts people when he hits them. We, as Rams fans, are then happy. Nothing changes with Gerhart as the backup. Defenses no longer get breaks from hurting when Jackson steps out for a play or two. Gerhart comes straight in and breaks the backs of OLB and DB's again and again and again. I have never been a fan of change of pace backs. I think they take away from the goal of running the ball: to wear down the other team. Gerhart has a quick first step, and is able to get to the secondary, and then beat them into the ground. That is the kind of backup that I want in the Rams backfield.
5. Zane Beadles University of Utah
At this point, Walter argues WR, I still think the Rams have enough mid-quality WRs on the roster, and nobody left in this draft screams awesome talent hidden at the seams, so I argue go for depth at O-Line. Beadles is limited at Tackle where he played at college, but could transfer well as a Guard at the NFL level. He zone blocks better than getting to the edge, and shows the physical skills need to succeed. He just needs to learn how to use his body and skills to make the fluid movements need to stick to his blocks indefinitely, but two or three years from now could definitely be a solid starter on the O-Line.
5. Tony Moeaki (2nd pick)
I know many people here have decided that the TE's in this draft exist only with Jermaine Gresham, but according to Walter he is gone before the second round. I personally think that Moeaki is actually a solid choice here in the fifth round. The best blocking TE in the country in college, and has shown the ability to be a solid option in the passing game. Although he needs to improve his ability to get off of the initial block on the line, once he breaks, he is a weapon in the secondary. I mean, look at that pic. Just ripped past that LB without much effort. Would be a great option for Bradford as a release valve. And despite a past full of injury concerns, it is the 5th round and you take a gamble on good players.
So there is my ideal Rams draft. We address QB, OLB, and DE with 1st round talent, which would dramatically improve the Rams total team effort. DT is still an area of concern but with the picks available I didn't see anyone I liked to move into the rotation or take a starting spot. If Brian Price falls in the second, I think that the Rams take him, but probably not likely to happen with New Orleans inability to stop the run.
Tell me what you think!