Fellow Rams fan, we are so close to the draft, and this is an exciting time for us. The Skins loaded us with picks in the near future, and with the right drafting we can do some serious damage. Without further delay, here's how I see our draft unfolding April 26th-28
Round 1, Selection 6 (From the Redskins): Justin Blackmon, Wr, Oklahoma State.
We already know the first two picks will be Luck and RG3, and the third pick will be Matt Kalil. Now the Browns are where we have to worry about Blackmon being selected. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, this pick will either be Richardson or Blackmon. Combine the fact that Holmgren does not select receivers this early with the potential Greg Little has to be a number 1, plus the fact that they let Hillis walk in free agency and Hardesty can't stay healthy, I believe they will select Richardson. With the Bucs signing Vincent Jackson, they will pass on Blackmon, and we will get our guy. Yay!
Round 2, Selection 33: Fletcher Cox, Dt, Mississippi State.
Despite our underrated signing of Kendall Langford, the Rams still need another D tackle desperatley. Cox blew up the combine, and if Poe was not present would've been the most impressive DT there. He possesses a speed and power combination, and would help both against the run and rushing the passer.
Round 2, Selection 39 (From the Redskins): Lavonte David, Olb, Nebraska.
The senior was a monster for Nebraska last year, and would be able to instantly step into our starting lineup. Undersized yet very powerful, the speedy David would fit our scheme perfectly.
Round 3, Selection 66: Bobbie Massie, Ot, Ole Miss.
Considered by many the best right tackle in the draft, Massie has steadily been moving up draft boards. With overpowering strength and underrated athletic ability, Massie could be a very good tackle for the Rams. This pick would also signify the Rams moving Jason Smith inside to guard. Saffold-Smith-Wells-Dahl-Massie would be a huge upgrade over the millions of combinations Spags tried last season.
Round 4, Selection 96: Emmanuel Acho, Olb, Texas.
It should be no surprise to any Rams fan if they double dip in the draft at the position. Acho was the Longhorn's leading tackler, and was also not a liability in coverage. With an aggressive system on defense, this should be very helpful. Acho and David would be an upgrade over Pops and Chamberlain from last year (however I would like to see the Rams re-sign Chamberlain). With Laurinaitis in the middle, the two rooks should be able to pick up the system fast, and help immediatley.
* Round 5 selection was traded for Brandon Lloyd*
Round 6, Selection 160: Robert Turbin, Rb, Utah State.
It is depressing, but SJax can not run for us forever. With that being said, we will find a successor in Turbin. Is it because of his injury history I believe he will last this long. Also, running backs are a dime a dozen these days. Turbin is a physical specimen, and deceptive with his quickness. He also possesses a decent pair of hands, and good yac ability. Turbin will compliment Jackson, until he is needed to take over.
Round 7, Selection 192: Greg Childs, Wr, Arkansas.
Here's a guy who would provide great value for the Rams late. Childs came off a nasty injury last year, and was a shell of his former self. With that being said, it looks like Childs is getting back his form. He looked good during the East-West shrine game, and also ran a 4.39 40 at his pro day. Not a bad gamble to take on a guy who was considered an early day 2 selection.
Round 7, Selection 194 (From Cleveland for John Greco): Winston Guy, S, Kentucky.
Here's a very underrated prospect who could surprise at the next level. Guy is very aggressive, and will lay down massive hits in the box. He also covers a lot of ground. He is a great selection in the seventh round who could help our team.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents:
Demarlo Belcher, Wr, Indiana. Belcher has a huge frame (6"5), and has solid speed. He got kicked off the team at Indiana, but was very productive on a bad team, and a great red-zone target. The Rams should take a chance on him, as it may be beneficial to Sam.
Tashaun Gipson, Cb, Wyoming. Gipson has good size for a corner, and is a solid tackler. He could add depth for the Rams.
Nathan Stupar, Olb, Penn State. Stupar is a reliable, versatile linebacker with the grittiness and heart to provide depth and contribute on special teams.
Korey Williams, Ilb, Southern Miss. Williams was a contributor on the Golden Eagles defense, contributing by making many tackles for loss, as well as sacks. A torn ACL plummeted his stock, and he would help the Rams.
Jeff Demps, Rb, Florida. If Demps does not qualify as an olympic sprinter (although I wish him the best of luck), he would be very good for the Rams, as he would be able to burn everyone in sight, and would be a great third down back.
John Brantley, Qb, Florida. Brantley performed well under Charlie Weis, and can possibly be a solid back up in the NFL.
Free Agent Signings (As of March 18th, 8 P.M)
Amobi Okoye, Dt. This wouldn't be a bad singing for the Rams, as Okoye is still young (25), and would be solid in a rotation.
Phillip Wheeler, LB. Wheeler is an effective run stopper, and would be a solid two-down linebacker at the most.
Joel Dreesen, Te. A solid tight end who does nothing great, but everything good.
Tony Fiametta, Fb. A real road-paver, he would help a lot in the run game.
Let me know what you guys think!