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Full 7-Round Mock Draft with Explanations & Alternate Scenarios for Each Rams Pick (12/21/12)




Last night I couldn't sleep. No, not because the thought of Brian Schottenheimer bolting and causing Sam to learn under a 4th OC in as many years was giving me the heebie-jeebies (although it kinda does), it was just one of those nights where I couldn't get any rest. To be honest, taking swigs out of a homemade energy drink that I was feeding to be inebriated friends when they randomly showed up at my house at about 11 didn't help all that much. But hey, enough about me.

I decided if I wasn't going to get any rest, I might as well be semi-productive. Assuming that my creativity was not at its optimal point, I forewent working on the novel that has been dormant on my laptop's hard drive for a few weeks now, and decided to do a mock draft instead. (Apparently, mockingthedraft no longer allows fanposts, so here we are.) I'll post all the picks, then at the end provide context and give alternatives. I'm not even entirely sold on my own ideas here. (For the record, I don't involve trades, and am not going into assumptions on which underclassmen will return to school.)

Round 1:

1. Chiefs: Geno Smith/QB (West Virginia)

2. Jaguars: Jarvis Jones/OLB (Georgia)

3. Raiders: Star Lotulelei/DT (Utah)

4. Eagles: Luke Joeckel/OT (Texas A&M)

5. Lions: Demontre Moore/DE (Texas A&M)

6. Chargers: Taylor Lewan/OT (Michigan)

7. Bills: Bjoern Werner/DE (Florida State)

8. Browns: Manti Te'o/LB (Notre Dame)

9. Panthers: Jonathan Hankins/DT (Ohio State)

10. Titans: Dee Milliner/CB (Alabama)

11. Cardinals: Matt Barkley/QB (USC)

12. Buccaneers: Johnathan Banks/CB (Mississippi State)

13. Dolphins: Jake Matthews/OT (Texas A&M)

14. Jets: Sam Montgomery/OLB (LSU)

15. Saints: Sheldon Richardson/DT (Missouri)

16. Rams: Eric Fisher/OT (Central Michigan)

17. Steelers: Dion Jordan/OLB (Oregon)

18. Cowboys: John Jenkins/NT (Georgia)

19. Bears: Tyler Eifert/TE (Notre Dame)

20. Giants: Alec Ogletree/ILB (Georgia)

21. Bengals: Giovani Bernard/RB (UNC)

22. Rams (from Redskins): Chance Warmack/G (Alabama)

23. Vikings: Keenan Allen/WR (Cal)

24. Colts: Barkevious Mingo/OLB (LSU)

25. Ravens: Kenny Vaccaro/S (Texas)

26. Seahawks: Justin Hunter/WR (Tennessee)

27. Packers: Terrance Williams/WR (Baylor)

28. Patriots: Tavon Austin/WR (West Virginia)

29. 49ers: Xavier Rhodes/CB (Florida St.)

30. Broncos: C.J. Mosley/LB (Alabama)

31. Falcons: Barrett Jones/C/G/OT (Alabama)

32. Texans: DeAndre Hopkins/WR (Clemson)

Round 2:

33. Jaguars: Tyler Wilson/QB (Arkansas)

34. Chiefs: Robert Woods/WR (USC)

35. Eagles: Logan Ryan/CB (Rutgers)

36. Lions: Matt Elam/S (Florida)

37. Bengals (from Raiders): Alex Okafor/DE (Texas)

38. Bills: Mike Glennon/QB (N.C. St.)

39. Panthers: Jordan Poyer/CB (Oregon St.)

40. Titans: Ezekiel Ansah/DE (BYU)

41. Cardinals: D.J. Fluker/OT/G (Alabama)

42. Chargers: David Amerson/CB (N.C. St.)

43. Dolphins: Jesse Williams/DT (Alabama)

44. Jets: Cordarelle Patterson/WR (Tennessee)

45. Bucs: Kawann Short/DT(Purdue)

46. Rams: Tony Jefferson/S (Oklahoma)

47. Steelers: Eddie Lacy/RB (Alabama)

48. Bears: Kevin Minter/ILB (LSU)

49. Giants: Zach Ertz/TE (Stanford)

50. Cowboys: Dallas Thomas/G/OT(Tennessee)

51. Redskins: Eric Reid/S (LSU)

52. Vikings: Louis Nix/DT (Notre Dame)

53. Bengals: T.J. McDonald/S (USC)

54. Dolphins: Da'Rick Rogers/WR (Tennessee Tech)

55. Seahawks: Lane Johnson/OT (Oklahoma)

56. Ravens: Shayne Skov/ILB (Stanford)]

57. Patriots: Jonathan Cooper/G/C (UNC)

58. Packers: Andre Ellington/RB (Clemson)

59. 49ers: Brandon Jenkins/OLB (Florida St.)

60. Broncos: Shariff Floyd/DT (Florida)

61. Falcons: Stepfan Taylor/RB (Stanford)

62. Texans: Brennan Williams/OT (UNC)

Round 3:

63. Chiefs: Desmond Trufant/CB (Washington)

64. Jaguars: Larry Warford/G (Kentucky)

65. Lions: Khaled Holmes/C (USC)

66. Raiders: Oday Aboushi/OT (Virginia)

67. Eagles: Tajh Boyd/QB (Clemson)

68. Browns: Tank Carradine/DE (Florida St.)

69. 49ers (from Panthers): Quinton Patton/WR(Louisiana Tech)

70. Ttans: Sylvester Williams/DT (UNC)

71. Cardinals: Corey Lemonier/OLB (Auburn)

72. Chargers: Joseph Randle/RB (Oklahoma St.)

73. Bills: Cobi Hamilton/WR (Arkansas)

74. Jets: Landry Jones/QB (Oklahoma)

75. Saints: John Simon/DE (Ohio State)

76. Bucs: Khaseem Greene/LB (Rutgers)

77. Dolphins: Jordan Reed/TE (Florida)

78. Rams: Joseph Fauria/TE (UCLA)

79. Steelers: Markus Wheaton/WR (Oregon St.)

80. Giants: Ricky Wagner/OT (Wisconsin)

81. Cowboys: Jackson Jeffcoat/OLB (Texas)

82. Dolphins (from Bears): Anthony Barr/OLB(UCLA)

83. Vikings: Travis Frederick/C/G (Wisconsin)

84. Bengals: Chase Thomas/OLB (Stanford)

85. Redskins: Bradley Roby/CB (Ohion St.)

86. Colts: Bennie Logan/DL (LSU)

87. Ravens: Mario Benavides/C (Louisville)

88. Seahawks: Gerald Hodges/LB (Penn St.)

89. Packers: Xavier Nixon/OT (Miami)

90. Pats: Robert Lester/S (Alabama)

91. 49ers: Bacarri Rambo/S (Georgia)

92. Broncos: Marcus Lattimore/RB (South Carolina)

93. Falcons: William Gholston/DE (Michigan St.)

94. Texans: Kevin Reddick/LB (UNC)

Round 4:

95. Jaguars: Montee Ball/RB (Wisconsin)

96. Chiefs: Shawn Williams/S (Georgia)

97. Raiders: Sean Porter/OLB (Texas A&M)

98. Eagles: Will Davis/CB (Utah St.)

99. Vikings (from Lions): Datone Jones/DE (UCLA)

100. Panthers: Alex Hurst/OT (LSU)

101. Titans: Gabe Jackson/G (Mississippi St.)

102. Cardinals: Stedman Bailey/WR (West Virginia)

103: Chargers: Tyler Bray/QB (Tennessee)

104. Bills: Will Sutton/DT (Arizona St,)

105. Browns: Arthur Brown/LB (Kansas St.)

106. Saints: Aaron Colvin/CB (Oklahoma)

107. Bucs: Margus Hunt/DE (SMU)

108. Dolphins: Carrington Byndom/CB (Texas)

109. Jets: Mike Gillislee/RB (Florida)

110. Rams: Jonathan Brown/OLB (Illinois)

111. Steelers: Akeem Spence/NT(Illinois)

112. Cowboys: Aaron Murray/QB (Georgia)

113. Bears: Kyle Long/OT (Oregon)

114. Giants: Morgan Breslin/DE (USC)

115. Bengals: Jon Bostic/LB (Florida)

116. Redskins: Travis Long/OLB (Washington St.)

117. Vikings: Nico Johnson/LB (Alabama)

118. Colts: Blidi Wreh-Wilson/CB (UConn)

119. Seahawks: Dion Sims/TE (Michigan St.)

120. Ravens: Ryan Swope/WR (Texas A&M)

121. Bucs (from Pats): Adrian Bushell/CB (Louisville)]

122. Packers: Levine Toilolo/TE (Stanford)

123. 49ers: E.J. Manuel/QB (Florida St.)

124. Broncos: Phillip Thomas/S (Fresno St.)

125. Falcons: Alvin Bailey/G (Arkansas)

126. Texans: Leon McFadden/CB (San Diego St.)

Round 5:

127. Chiefs: Chris Faulk/OT (LSU)

128. Jaguars: Quanterus Smith/DE (Western Kentucky)

129. Eagles: Cassius Marsh/DT (UCLA)

130. Lions: Kiko Alonso/LB (Oregon)

131. Raiders; Michael Buchanan/DE (Illinois)

132. Titans: Braxston Cave/C (Notre Dame)

133. Cardinals: Omoregie Uzzi/G (Georgia Tech)

134. Chargers: Aaron Dobson/WR (Marshall)

135. Bills: Andrew Jackson/LB (Western Kentucky)

136. Browns: Terry Hawthorne/CB (Illinois)

137. Panthers: Duke Williams/S (Nevada)

138. Bucs: Zac Dysert/QB (Miami-OH)

139. Dolphins: Kenny Stills/WR (Oklahoma)

140. Jets: Cyril Richardson/G (Baylor)

141. Saints: David Yankey/OT (Stanford)

142. Rams: Jordan Hill/DT (Penn St.)

143. Steelers: John Boyett/S (Oregon)

144. Bears: Kwame Geathers/DT (Georgia)

145. Giants: Baker Steinkuhler/DT (Nebraska)

146. Cowboys: Marquess Wilson/WR (Washington St.)

147. Redskins: Jordan Matthews/WR (Vanderbilt)

148. Vikings: Ryan Nassib/QB (Syracuse)

149. Bengals: Justin Pugh/OT (Syracuse)

150. 49ers (from Colts): Trevardo Williams/OLB (UConn)

151. Ravens: Kyle Fuller/CB (Virginia Tech)

152. Seahawks: Daniel McCullers/DT (Tennessee)

153. Packers: Micah Hyde/CB (Iowa)

154. Redskins (from Pats): Jonathan Franklin/RB (UCLA)

155. 49ers: Graham Pocic/C/G (Illinois)

156. Broncos: Tom Wort/LB (Oklahoma)

157. Falcons: Ryan Otten/TE(San Jose St.)

158. Jawan Jamison/RB (Rutgers)

Round 6:

159. Jaguars: Nickell Roby/CB (USC)

160. Chiefs: Aaron Mellette/WR (Elon)

161. Lions: Jamar Taylor/CB (Boise St.)

162. Raiders: Marc Anthony/CB (Cal)]

163. Eagles: Kenny Ladler/S (Vanderbilt)

164. Cardinals: Kenjon Barner/RB (Oregon)

165. Chargers: Jelani Jenkins/LB (Florida)

166. Bills: Travis Bond/G (UNC)

167. Browns: Logan Thomas/QB (Virginia Tech)

168. Panthers: Jared Abbrederis/WR (Wisconsin)

169. Vikings (from Titans): Jamie Collins/OLB (Southern Miss)

170. 49ers (from Dolphins): Carson York/G (Oregon)

171. Jets: Chris Gragg/TE (Arkansas)

172. Saints: Tavarres King/WR (Georgia)

173. Bucs: Seantrel Henderson/OT (Miami)

174. Rams: Kareem Martin/DE (UNC)

175. Steelers: James Morris/ILB (Iowa)]

176. Giants: Tharold Simon/CB (LSU)

177. Cowboys: Tyrann Mathieu/CB/KR (LSU)

178. Bears: Johnny Adams/CB (Michigan St.)

179. Redskins (from Vikings): Michael Williams/TE (Alabama)

180. Bengals: Dalton Freeman/C (Clemson)

181. Redskins: Sanders Commings/CB (Georgia)

182. Dolphins (from Colts): Christine Michael/RB (Texas A&M)

183. Seahawks: Hakeem Smith/S (Louisville)

184. Ravens: Brian WInters/OT (Kent St.)

185. Bengals (from Pats); Denard Robinson/WR/RB/QB/KR (Michigan)

186. Packers: Gabe Ikard/C/G (Oklahoma)

187. 49ers: Chris Jones/NT (Bowling Green)

188. Broncos: Jake Stoneburner/TE (Ohio St.)

189. Falcons: Branden Smith/CB (Georgia)

190. Texans: Wes Horton/OLB (USC)

Round 7:

191. Chiefs: Bennett Jackson/CB/S (Notre Dame)

192. Jaguars: Trey Burton/FB/TE (Florida)

193. Raiders: Le'Veon Bell/RB (Michigan St.)

194. Eagles: Marcus Davis/WR (Virginia Tech)

195. Lions: Zach Fulton/G (Tennessee)

196. Chargers: Stansly Maponga/DE (TCU)

197. Seahawks (from Bills): Dominique Easley/DL (Florida)

198. Browns: Philip Lutzenkirchen/TE (Auburn)

199. Panthers: Tanner Hawkinson/OT (Kansas)

200. Titans: Josh Evans/S (Florida)

201. Cardinals: Chris Borland/ILB (Wisconsin)

202. Jets: Larry Black, Jr./NT (Indiana)

203. Saints: Michael Clay/LB (Oregon)

204. Pats (from Bucs): Jack Mewhort/OT (Ohio St.)

205. Dolphins: Blaize Foltz/G (TCU)

206. Rams: Derek Carr/QB (Fresno St.)

207. Steelers: Keith Price/QB (Washington)

208. Dolphins (from Cowboys): Erik Highsmith/WR (UNC)

209. Bears: Anthony Steen/G (Alabama)

210. Giants: P.J. Lonergan/C (LSU)

211. 49ers (from Bengals): Darius Slay/CB (Mississippi St.)

212. Redskins: Michael Mauti/ILB (Penn St.)

213. Vikings: Brandon Ford/TE (Clemson)

214. Eagles (from Colts): Ryan Griffin/TE (UConn)

215. Ravens: Collin Klein/QB (Kansas St.)

216. Seahawks: Sio Moore/LB (UConn)

217. Packers: D.J. Swearinger/S (South Carolina)

218. Pats: Brad Sorenson/QB (Southern Utah)

219. 49ers: Dustin Hopkins/K (Florida St.)

220. Broncos: Hugh Thornton/G (Illinois)

221. Falcons: Tevin Reese/WR (Baylor)

222. Texans: Robert Alford/CB (Southeast Louisiana)

Notable undrafted Rams signees:

Rex Burkhead/RB (Nebraska), Ryan Hewitt/FB (Stanford), Brandon Williams/DT (Missouri Southern St.), Larry Webster/DE (Bloomsburg), Jake Johnson/LB (South Alabama), Ty Zimmerman/S (Kansas St.), Greg Reid/CB (Valdosta St.), Keith Lane/OT (Illinois College), Josh Dworaczyk/G (LSU)

Rams Picks:

1st Round: (16) Eric Fisher/OT (Central Michigan) & (22) Chance Warmack/G (Alabama). First, let me say, if things go as planned, one of these picks won't happen. My hope is that the Rams will throw the checkbook at Jake Long, and if that doesn't work, use that $ to sign Andy Levitre. Either way, the plan has to be to address one of the two open OL spots via free agency. It's not that I don't like Rob Turner or Rok Watkins, but I think they are best suited as depth role players. Chris Williams won't be the answer at that guard spot either, most likely. And we all know about the Tackle situation. Eric Fisher is an immensely skilled riser who is likely to find himself going in the top 25. He is a nice consolation prize for being too good to be in position to land Joeckel, Lewan, or Matthews. Now, if we sign a FA to fill one of the spots, we will probably look at a safety or receiver at this spot. 16 would be too high for Kenny Vaccaro, but 22 probably wouldn't. Walter Cherepinsky made a good point about the WR situation: with the way Chris Givens has come on, we may not look at a WR in the first round anymore. Keenan Allen and Justin Hunter will be available, but the FO might see it as a necessity to blow one of these 1st rounders on a receiver anymore. Tyler Eifert should be there if we want to get a weapon via TE this early. Other options: Keenan Allen/WR, Justin Hunter/WR, Kenny Vaccaro/S, Matt Elam/S, C.J. Mosley/LB, Tyler Eifert/TE (Notre Dame)

2nd Round: (46) Tony Jefferson/S (Oklahoma) One of these first 3 picks should and will probably be spent on a safety. The class doesn't have any huge standouts like Mark Barron, but has several safeties who provide solid value in the late 1st-2nd rounds. By pick 46, the top 2 safeties, Kenny Vaccaro and Matt Elam, will likely not be there. This leaves 3 safeties that I give a 2nd round grade: Tony Jefferson, Eric Reid, and T.J. McDonald. I personally like Jefferson the most of the three, but this pick could just as easily be Eric Reid of LSU, whom I'm also very fond of. There will also be quality TEs available if we want to go that route, and some guards that provide nice value if we don't cover that need in FA or the first round. Other options: Eric Reid/S, TJ McDonald/S, Da'Rick Rogers/WR, Quinton Patton/WR, Zach Ertz/TE, Jordan Reed/TE, Dallas Thomas/G, Jonathan Cooper/G, Lane Johnson/OT.

3rd Round: (78) Joseph Fauria/TE (UCLA) I'm not suggesting we give up on Lance Kendricks, but I do think it would be beneficial to everyone if we acquire another tight end to go along with him (we might make an attempt to sign Dustin Keller, especially if Schotty sticks around). This would definitely be the draft to do it, since there are a number of high-end TEs with incredible size and athleticism. Jordan Reed of Florida is one I'm very fond of, but in this mock he goes one pick earlier to Miami. The Rams get their consolation prize here in Fauria, the 6'7" UCLA product with basketball athleticism. The Rams struggle in the red zone, and a massive target like Fauria would make things much easier for Sam Bradford & crew. I would also not be surprised to see the Rams give OLBs Anthony Barr or Chase Thomas a look in this hypothetical. Other options: Levine Toilolo/TE, Anthony Barr/OLB, Chase Thomas/OLB, Travis Frederick/G, Ricky Wagner/OT, Jackson Jeffcoat/DE, Robert Lester/S, Bacarri Rambo/S

4th Round: (110) Jonathan Brown/OLB (Illinois) The FA market for OLB isn't all that great, so I would be disappointed if the Rams don't address the position in the first 4 rounds. Here we wait until round 4 and get a high-upside guy in Jonathan Brown. Brown was considered a potential first rounder at one point but had a quiet year dealing with injury troubles. He has also had some character concerns throughout his college career. For these reasons, he will likely slide to the mid-rounds. However, Fisher & Snead have shown that they are willing to take a gamble on superior talent when character is a concern, and so far it seems to have payed off pretty well. Brown, with some coaching, has the talent to be the answer at OLB across from Dunbar. Other options: Levine Toilolo/TE, Dion Sims/TE, Kyle Long/OT, Akeem Spence/DT, Nico Johnson/LB, Andrew Jackson/LB, Ryan Swope/WR, Phillip Thomas/S, Alvin Bailey/G, Chris Faulk/OT, Kiko Alonso/LB.

5th Round: (142) Jordan Hill/DT (Penn St.) It's no secret that our defensive front is becoming one of the premier lines in the league. There is a concern, however, with depth. If someone goes down, the rotational guys we have would be insufficient to fill in, in my opinion. Trevor Laws will be coming off an injury if he sticks around. Jermelle Cudjo and Matt Conrath are worth keeping on the roster, but shouldn't be the go-to guys. Here, the rams get a steal, as Jordan Hill could have easily gone a round earlier. Spending a 5th-6th rounder on a backup D-lineman makes great sense to me, and with the value Hill provides, I have a hard time imagining the Rams passing him up at 142. Other options: Kwame Geathers/DT, Baker Steinkuhler/DT, John Boyett/S, Justin Pugh/OL, Graham Pocic/G, Tom Wort/LB, Jelani Jenkins/LB, Ryan Otten/TE, Marquess Wilson/WR

6th Round: (174) Kareem Martin/DE (UNC) The above comments about DL depth apply to DE as well, although the need is not as pressing. William Hayes and Eugene Sims are solid rotational guys, but if (knock on wood) something was to happen to Quinn or Long, I think we could do better as far as fill-ins go. Kareem Martin, like Jordan Hill, could have gone earlier, so he provides good value anyway. Not only could he work in the rotation and push Sims, but he could develop behind his former teammate Robert Quinn and be quality insurance in case of injury. Other options: Stansly Maponga/DE, Wes Horton/DE, James Morris/LB, Tyrann Mathieu/CB/KR, Michael Williams/TE, Brian WInters/OT, Trey Burton/FB/TE, Sanders Commings/CB, Hakeem Smith/S, Jake Stoneburner/TE, Denard Robinson/WR/RB/QB

7th Round: (206) Derek Carr/QB (Fresno St.) This pick could be just about anything, because it's hard to go really wrong with a 7th rounder. I have nothing against Kellen Clemens or Austin Davis, but I don't think it would hurt to groom a potential backup for Sam, and several decent QBs fall to the 7th in this mock. Derek Carr is an underrated prospect and had a good year for Fresno State. He loses a lot of credit because some people just see him as David Carr's brother (whichever way you choose to take that). Worst case-scenario: he sucks and we lose out on a mid 7th rounder. Whoopty doo. Moderate success: he grows to be a solid backup/insurance policy for Sam. High ceiling: he is starting quality after a couple years, and we can trade him for future picks. It's hard to go wrong. Like I said, though, this last pick could be for pretty much anything and I wouldn't be upset. Other options: Keith Price/QB, Collin Klein/QB, Michael Mauti/LB, Brandon Ford/TE, Tevin Reese/WR, Erik Highsmith/WR, Anthony Steen/G, Hugh Thornton/G, DJ Swearinger/S, Robert Alford/CB

Undrafted: Just looking for upsides here. Quite a few good RBs don't get drafted in this mock, and if Steven's gone, we might be in the market for some extra depth behind Richardson and Pead. Rex Burkhead is an explosive back that could also be a special teams contributor. Greg Reid was released from Florida State and transferred to Valdosta State. Major character concerns with Reid, but as an undrafted rookie with mid-round talent, Fisher might think he's worth a shot, even as just a special teamer and possible punt returner. Ryan Hewitt is a draftable fullback from a pro-style offense in Stanford that could easily compete for a starting job and special teams playing time. Ty Zimmerman is a productive safety with good intangibles who could be a special teams monster, and could even compete for some playing time as a rotational guy with Darian Stewart and Craig Dahl. Williams, Webster, and Johnson are small-school prospects who could just as well be drafted in the late rounds, and present some upside for depth. Josh Dworaczyk is a quiet producer on the LSU line. He is a low upside guy, but could be a solid camp body or even find his way on the practice squad to develop further. Finally, Keith Lane is a monstrous offensive tackle at tiny D3 Illinois College. He is mostly unknown in the draft scouting world as of now, but has been getting looks from the Bears, so I would expect teams like the Rams, Packers, and Colts to give him a look. He measures in at 6'6", 295, was named a D3 Preseason All-American, and can also play long snapper.

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