In this mock I've tried to address most of the Rams needs. With the 6th pick, we basically get whoever is leftover out of Claiborne, Blackmon and Richardson. I'd prefer Richardson as indicated briefly in the explanation below. I'm just anxious for the 26th to get here so we actually know how the first round will turn out. This is my first mock, let me know what you guys think...
1.6 – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (5’11"/220)
Basically, we’re going to get the last of the "elite 6" unless Cleveland does something stupid. I’d prefer Richardson for a number of reason; Jackson is getting old, in my opinion he’s the best out of Claiborne and Blackmon. While Blackmon might fill a bigger need, he doesn’t impress me and he isn’t the physical specimen like Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald. Richardson would be able to learn from one of the best, and the transition would be smooth, just like Faulk to Jackson.
2.33 – Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina (6’3"/234)
Jeffery would give Sam a go to receiver and is a bigger target than Blackmon. He had a lot of hype about a year ago and didn’t have the best year but with a second round pick he seems worth it to me. Plus with four 1st round picks over the next two years, I’m sure we’d have another opportunity to grab a top WR if it is still a huge need next year.
2.39 – LaVonte David, LB, Nebraska (6’1"/211)
David would be able to replace Chris Chamberlin and team up with Laurinitus to shore up the LB position. According to reports he is an extremely hard worker and has good football intelligence.
3.65 – Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss (6’6"/318)
He probably won’t be available this late but I’m holding out hope… This is one big man and would be able to fill in at RT if and when Smith doesn’t perform, plus he could eventually slide over to LT if Saffold struggles this year. Even if Massie doesn’t start right away, he would give us depth at the line.
4.96 – Mike Martin, DT, Michigan (6’2"/299)
Martin would help fill a big need on our D line and with Langford, Quinn and Long, our D line would be shaping up nicely. This is one position I wanted to address earlier but didn’t know where to fit it in, I also like Jared Crick from Nebraska, but I don’t see him being available this late.
6.171 – Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona St. (6’3"/245)
I think he’d be worth the risk this late in the draft. I’m not sure why he disappeared drastically at the combine and at his pro day but he has a nasty streak that the Ram’s D could use if (and it’s a big if) he could get his act together.
7.209 – Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly (5’10"/188)
He’d give us depth at the CB position and has pretty good speed (ran under a 4.5 for both the combine and his pro day). You can never have too many CB’s as indicated last year with EVERYONE of the Ram’s CB’s going on the IR it seemed.
7.252 – Rob Long, P, Syracuse (6’3"/182)
He has gone through some pretty serious trials in his life which included dealing with a brain tumor that is now gone. He was a captain and an All American at Syracuse and has been battling back to get ready if his name is called on draft day. Plus we lost Donnie Jones to the Texans so he would fill a need.<!--EndFragment-->