Well we're done with another version of a live mock over at MTD! I know the Blackmon camp is going to burn me in effigy for the decision to take DeCastro over Blackmon. We're out of Kalils range now so he's moot but the fact is, most of you Blackmon guys don't want to take Kalil before Blackmon anyway.
Hear me out.
We need to have the kind of O-line that allows us to do anything we want on offense. It's not, and never was, JUST about the passing game. We have one of the best RBs ever and he's also, been getting his ass kicked right along with Sam. I wasn't ready for us to pick Sam when we did, but we did. Fine. We supposedly had a left tackle worthy of consideration as his protector of the future so the decision at the time wasn't nearly as assnine as I thought, until.....
This happened, then later this happened, causing us to consider this. Now we're actually going to reconsider? To that I say horse shit. But I don't think Snead is going to return any more of my 'friendly' email suggestions than DeVaney did. So he's probably staying. We can't just rely on the chance of the possibility of the potential of Smith maybe improving to the possible point where he might be able to help the O-line out. And we have Saffold and now, Ojinaka on the payroll. We signed a great starting Center and have a rising back up Center on the roster. We have a mauler guard in Dahl and the fact is, we need another one any way. Steven Jackson called me this morning and told me so.
After DeCastro we concentrated on defense with BPAs at position of need. We could have used another OLB but we stuck to our principals, and by sticking to our principals I mean we failed to trade into some more picks. The rules allowed for trading future years picks to beef up the look of each teams draft but we left our future picks alone. Some guys completely mortgaged next years draft to look good in this one. I bitched about it, like I normally do, but it was allowed. Next time it's not allowed and that will level the playing field in favor of those of us who have morals, by those of us who have morals I mean those of us who were unable to trade our future picks so we were stuck with them.
Floyd, Wright, Hill and Jeffry were all gone by the time we picked at #33. So, once again, WR had to take a back seat...........BPA all night all day. Cox, Poe, Still and Brockers all being gone as well, we liked the idea that only 2 CBs had been taken. So at #33 we went with #3 on our CB list, 6' Stephon Gilmore, and figured we'd get either a DT or a WR with the #39 pick. Sanu got picked at #34 which got a groan out of me, but Worthy made it to our next pick and the top WRs left were Criner, Streeter, Randle and Dwight and Marvin Jones. We wanted a good DT so Worthy it was.
Throughout the second round, all those WRs got picked except Dwight Jones, and not one of us was real impressed with him at #66. We still needed an OLB and our choices were LaVonte David, Emanuel Acho, Keenan Robinson, Terrell Manning, and a bunch of ILBs or 3-4 OLBs. Position of need still commanded this decision. Guys we passed up on included recent TST darling, Ryan Broyles, Marvin McNutt, and several decent O-linemen including OTs Mitchell Schwartz and Zebrie Sanders. David was the highest rated guy so we got him. At #97 Dwight Jones was still there so we went for it, realizing our decision to pass him up was a good one.
At the first pick of the 6th round I nearly didn't get to the draft in time, I logged on just in time to see that we were on the clock for a round that only allowed 2 minutes per pick. I could say I was trying to capture my inner DeVaney and it nearly worked. My only regret was that Derinda had nothing to do with my tardiness. Anyway I pulled a rabbit out of my ass and remembered how fast Chris Owusu was in his latest 40 yard dash. So in fond memory of Al Davis, I made an executive decision. Actually I watched a lot of Owusu back in 2010 when watching Stanford was something only Pac-10 fans did. He was great back then so what the hell?
We were now down to one pick left, and I and Will threw out names for who we thought was needed. We were sure we needed a RB. Will said he liked Daniel Herron from Ohio St. I agreed or at least pretended to agree, then right before the pick came up, I tricked him. I got him to agree to Jeff Fuller and he went for it. That's how it went. Honest.
Will was so pissed off that he went to Roger Goodell and filed a grievance. He got Jeremy Shockey to write up an affidavit stating that I had set him up for the trick because of a bounty Doug M put on drafting DeCastro instead of Blackmon. I guess there was something about sending a message to some unruly bloggers. Then Will stated that I furthered the deception by throwing the last 4 rounds of the draft in an effort to deceive the Rams and their affiliates. Little did I know that he'd paid Derinda off to get me to talk in my sleep, and recorded it. It was a complete and detailed outline of my plan, to play back for Goodell.
In the noble move of relieving the franchise of the burden of dragging all our names through the mud, I've decided to enter a plea of guilty and accept my sentence. Yep. I'm being suspended indefinitely from mock drafting. Goodell will wait until next April and review my case. As restitution for Will, the Rams have to play in London now once a year. After each game they all go to Wills house and sing God save the Queen on his front lawn. At least Long and JL have to. I leave the mocking in good hands now and will lurk in the shadows and offer support
Anyway there you have it. We got DeCastro, in addition to some pretty good WR prospects in the last 3 picks. I want to rid our WR corps of it's entire lineup with 2 exceptions: Danny Amendola, and either Pettis or Salas, not both. I think our defensive additions are top notch on all 3 accounts and will all start. So here's what we got.
But before I go let me just say this....Just as it has been in the past, this was a team effort. The team consisted of Buckeye, now known by the nickname, Josh Wehrle, UK who Willnotbedefeated, Jim Morrison and myself. Jim couldn't be there so he sent his brother, resulting in having dueling Dougies on the team. Now I feel like I'm introducing the members of a band.
After the jump you'll see what I posted as a comment on the Live Mock recap, be gentle.....The Rams Draft
- David DeCastro
- Jerel Worthy
- Stephon Gilmore
- LaVonte David
- Dwight Jones
- Chris Owusu
- Jeff Fuller
Well to start out with, we watched in horror as Matt Kalil dropped closer and closer to our pick at #6. There was no way in hell he was supposed to come that close. I thought about giving up a 4 to 6th rounder to the bucs to not take him, but I unfortunately didn’t come up with that idea until today at about 6:40pm. The groaning we heard as a result of the DeCastro pick was worth every bit of it. Blackmons not gonna win the SB so we felt we needed to grab a guy who would be part of an eventual offensive juggernaut. DeCastro will make probowls in probably every year he’s healthy enough to play 15 games.
Worthy was simply the best DT left when we picked next, it’s a position we’ve neglected long enough. We just signed Langford otherwise we’d need 2 of these guys.
We also just signed Cortland Finnegan so the drafting of Gilmore finishes off what anyone might perceive to be a weakness in defensive secondary. This draft was about knocking out needs for next years draft at this point.
Line backer is one position I wish we could have addressed more but we got BPA and we couldn’t address all of our needs in this draft. So with this pick we went on a tear in the area of damage control.
WRs…yes we’ll take 3 please. All 3 are possible booms or busts. I’m of the opinion that we need more than 1 decent WR to help our corps out. Jones is an enigma who’s been stereotyped as a potential bust in large part because of the school he comes from.
Owusu is an underrated talent who caught everything thrown his way 2 years ago from Luck, while Luck was doing the things that brought him the fame and fortune he’s enjoyed the last year and a half. He’s also a return guywho’d be better than any one we have, not that that’s saying much. Again it all depends on his health so that’s obviously a big IF.
Jeff Fuller is another guy who is much lower on all accounts and draft boards this year than he was last year. In the 7th he’s not much of a risk. You may think we should have gone after other positions bu it’s the 7th. I think with these 3 and what we already have on the roster we won’t be needing WR again next year.
It’s different but it’s a strategy and we did this again as a democracy. We also kept our extra first round picks in the next 2 drafts. Those will be the ones that we use to top off our needs. 6 picks in the first 2 rounds of each should do it with the right planning. BPA all day.
Wolf. Wolfgang Wolf