I do not agree with the notion that a team has to take this player or that player because he is presumed to be or will be a franchise player. The truth is, no one truly knows how any of these players will work out. I do believe that Kalil and Blackmon both have a better than 50% chance of being excellent pros. All I have to validate my opinion is their college performances, measurables, their game preparation( Both have been touted as having an excellent worth ethic), and competitiveness.
Regardless of opinion; every team should do what is in their best interest, and think independently. The Rams have a lot of needs. I hope they look at multiple options. Trading back for additional picks is an option to keep on the table. Trading back for a compensation package that includes players and draft picks is another potential option.
I would choose Blackmon over Kalil b/c IMO; the biggest problem with the O-Line was the offensive scheme. In 2010; The O-Line did not have to concern itself with sustaining blocks for extended periods of time. Bradford did not have to use all those deep step drops. The offensive personnel did not fit the scheme the OC tried to implement.
If you put Saffold in a West Coast Offense and he'll work out well. Free agent possibilities for OT include: Jared Gaither, Chargers, Anthony Collins, Bengals, and Demetrius Bell, Bills. With the extra draft picks; Cordy Glenn, Georgia is a player that should be considered IMO. His versatility to play both OG and OT could prove valuable.
After the jump, I will present a mock draft for The St.Louis Rams. This mock will include FA's based upon a speculative cap of 20 mil. The cap increase comes about as my assumption that a couple of players will be released by March 15, 2012. I will also include a trade with The Washington Redskins for their 6th pick in the 1st round, their 2nd and 3rd rounders, WR Niles Paul, and a 2nd rounder for 2013. My mock draft and FA and UDFA selection will be based on the hypothetical that Brandon Lloyd signed with The Patriots.
My Thanks to Douglas M who encouraged me to write this post.
1.WR Kendall Wright, Baylor 5'10 195.Ability to line up outside and in the slot. Frequently blows by defenders. Dangerous in space. Highly competitive.
2. OLB Zach Brown, N.C. 6'1 236. An OLB with speed. During Senior Bowl week, Brown demonstrated solid coverage ability. He gives The Rams an ideal fit as a weakside OLB in the 4-3 defense.
2.RB Doug Martin, Boise St 5'9 215. A solid all purpose RB. His best quality may be his ability to pick up the blitz. Martin has excellent receiving skills: 28 Receptions for 285 Yards, and 2 TD's. Boise St unleashed Martin's KR skills as well. Against Arizona St, Martin returned a kick 100 yards for a TD
3. CB Cliff Harris, Oregon 5'11 180. One of the best playmaking CB's in the draft. Suspended for the majority of the 2011 season; Harris stilll displayed solid coverage skills. He is a threat while returning punts. His off the field antics make Harris a risky selection. IMO; his skills are worth the gamble.
3 Bobby Wagner, Utah St 6'0 241. Versatile LB capable of playing either outside or in.
4. WR Marvin Jones, Cal 6'2 205. Runs sharp routes. Great hands.
6. Janzen Jackson, McNeese St 6'1 190. Fast DB with excellent coverage skills. Former Tenn Vol who was dismissed from the program following an off-field incident. Instinctive and sure tackler. Makes excellent plays on the ball.
7. DT Akiem Hicks, Regina 6'4 325. LSU transfer that is stout at the POA, powerful in run support. and creates QB pressure.
7. CB Chris Greenwood, Albion 6'1 190. Struggled with off man coverage and zone at Shrine Game practices. Didn't quit. Used difficult moments as training tools. A big CB with 4.39 speed and return ability. With a full off season; Greenwood could be a steal.
OT Matt Reynolds, BYU. 6'5 326
OG/OT Amini Silatolu, Midwestern 6'3 325
OG Brandon Brooks, Miami of Ohio 6'4 335
OT Bobby Massie, Ole Miss 6'6 320
OG Rishaw Johnson, Cal( Pennslyvania) 6'3 350
OG Lonnie Edwards, Texas Tech 6'4 332
WR Tim Benford, Tenn Tech 5'11 200
WR Jordan White, Western Mich 5'11 205
WR Tavon Austin, West Va 5'7 180
WR Jared Green, Southern University 5'11 190
RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati 5'10 200
FB Cody Johnson, Texas,5'11 250
DT Chigbo Anunoby, Morehouse 6'4 324
DT Dominique Hamilton, Mizzou 6'5 320
DT Damon Harrison, "William Penn" 6'2 340
DE/OLB Cordarro Law, Southern Miss 6'2 261
OLB Ronnie Thorton, Southern Miss 6'3 240
OLB/ILB Audie Cole, N.C. St 6'4 250
CB Michael Williams, "Bethune Cookman 6'2 190
CB Micah Pellerin, Hampton 6'1 195
RB Mike Tolbert, Chargers
OT Jared Gaither, Chargers