(Yahoo.com - Ruben Randle making a big TD catch against Oregon, at LSU there were no cupcake opponents) There is a large pool of talented second tier receivers pegged as late first / early second round picks. I wouldn't be upset if Justin Blackmon is the pick at #6. If he isn't the pick at #6 (or even if he is), I wouldn't mind if the rams explored the second tier of wide receivers that could be available with the 33nd or 39th pick.
I'm obsessed with the Rams getting better offensive playmakers. A year ago I relocated from my home in the St. Louis area to Madison, Wisconsin for a promotion at work. I no longer get to watch my beloved ram's for free, so I had to purchase the NFL sunday ticket to see the games. Sunday's were no fun last year, and I felt ripped off by the brand of football we had to watch. I couldn't imagine how the fans who bought season tickets felt about the offense they paid to watch last year. Going to work with an army of Packer fans celebrating a world championship and a possible undefeated season with an electric offense didn't make it any easier.All other needs aside, can anyone who honestly watched the games the past two years say that there is a bigger need than offensive playmakers (I mean more than 1)? The absence of offensive difference makers is what has kept the rams Offense relatively futile in comparison with most of the good teams in the league. I believe we have a solid team outside of this shortfall (if healthy).
I'll cut to the chase. I wanted to make a case for the drafting of who I believe is the best second tier wide receiver option, Rueben Randle of LSU. In my breif research I believe he is very comporable to another former LSU wide receiver with a similar skill set, Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs. Bowe was drafted on potential and while he didn't instantly pay off for the chiefs, Bowe seems to now be a valuable asset, and an obvious #1 receiver option. I think eveyone would take Dwayne Bowe on the Rams, correct? Below is my case for his value as pick #33 (hopefully he's still available there.)
I see a large group of wide outs in the late first / early second round range. Some I like (Randle obviously, and Stephen Hill), and some I don't like (basically everyone else, Mohammed Sanu, Alshon Jeffery, Brian Quick, even Kendall Wright).
Rueben Randle seems to be a player that isn't discussed in a favorable light as often as some of the more trendy and more hyped wide receiver picks (see, Stephen Hill). The biggest reason could be the 4.55 40 at the combine (everybody has a bad day). He made up for it by running a 4.42 at his pro day. Many have supported the case for Stephen Hill as a pick for the Rams, but not many have stood up for the potential of Rueben Randle. One of the biggest things I see that seperates Randle from a receiver like Alshon Jeffery is the game speed and the ability to stretch the field and seperate from defenders. Alshon Jeffery would be a bigger bodied version of Brandon Gibson. What seperates him from everyone else in the tier is his production this year against the toughest defenses in the toughest conference in the country, with horrible quarterback play and conservative gameplans. Mohamed Sanu was productive but isn't explosive only going for 10.5 yds per catch, sometimes I wonder if people only like him because he has a cool name. Kendall Wright was extremely productive, but the concern is that he's a product of the Baylor system and a great quarterback. Randle guy accounted for well over 40% of his teams receiving yardarge (a team that played for the national championship) as a junior, thats impressive. While he didn't have big games against Alabama (the scores were 9-6 and 21-0, offense wasn't important), he did have huge games against rivals Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, and Tennesse). The guy is an impressive kid and an impressive athlete, he was the #2 ranked high school player (#1 reciever), just 3 years ago out of high school. He won't be 21 years of age when he is drafted in late April. If you looked up potential in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Rueben Randle. He's got the frame 6'3 210, and by all reports the work ethic to be a star in the league.
The Rams need a player that has the speed to stretch the field and potential to do it all as a #1 in the near future. I think Stephen Hill will be long gone by the time the Rams pick at #33, so my hope is Rueben Randle is available. I'm actually talking myself into moving Randle ahead of Stephen Hill as we speak.
I will be disappointed if we come out of the draft without a reciever named Rueben Randle, Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd or Stephen Hill