Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Taking two offensive linemen in the first round is rare. Could the Rams break the mold?
The season is over. Don't despair. Now, the real fun is set to begin. We'll soon be in the midst of free agency and the draft. To mark the occasion, we have our first 2013 NFL mock draft of the year from the good people over at Mocking the Draft.
Let's jump right in to see what the Rams do in this version of alternate reality.
16. St. Louis Rams - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
This is far from a sexy pick that will excite the Rams fan base. But after closing the season strong, St. Louis would benefit by taking players who are safe but good and reliable. Warmack, the most dominant interior blocker in the SEC in years, is perhaps the most sure thing in the 2013 draft.
I'm not super crazy about interior linemen in the first round of the draft, and I have my doubts about Jeff Fisher using a pick on a guard too. That said, Warmack would make the Rams line a very good unit. Tackle is probably a more pressing need than guard.
21. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
In 2010, the 49ers doubled up on offensive linemen in the first round and it's turned out to be a great move. The Rams may be wise to do the same by adding a high-upside player like Fisher with their second pick in the first round. Fisher has great size for a left tackle and enough foot quickness get to the edge.
I like this pick too. Again, I think picking two offensive linemen in the first round is a big stretch. The Rams have a real need at the skill positions, almost all of them, so I'd keep an eye out for a player that fits the bill in some of those spots. Fisher's teams have had a decided preference for defensive backs in the first round of the draft over the years. Safeties will likely get special consideration.