Barrett Jonesof the Alabama Crimson Tide could be a hot commodity in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The St. Louis Rams have two picks in the 1st round of the next two NFL Drafts. I just like hearing the sound of it. And, since I can't get draft talk out of my veins, I thought it would be worth taking another look at a 2013 NFL Mock Draft from Andrew Perloff at SI.com.
Let's quickly take a look at what he has to say about the Rams' fortunes next April.
9. St. Louis Rams -- Barrett Jones, OT, Alabama
The 2011 Outland Trophy winner for outstanding offensive lineman is 6-5, 302 pounds, and solid. The Rams didn't seem interested in upgrading their offensive line in this year's draft, but left tackle Rodger Saffold is far from elite. Jones has also shown versatility playing at different spots on the line at Alabama. Some have teammate D.J. Fluker rated higher, but Jones is too solid to pass up.
I like Jones ... a lot. He's playing center this season. He played left tackle last season, and guard the year before. He also just so happens to be very good at them. I still wonder whether or not offensive linemen will be high on the list of priorities for the Rams in the 1st round. I have my doubts.
11. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) -- Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Rams turn one of their picks from the Robert Griffin III trade with the Redskins into a productive cornerback. Banks reportedly got a fourth-round grade from the NFL Draft advisory board and decided to return to Starkville. But the advisory board is notoriously stingy. He's a better prospect than that. Banks has had plenty of big plays at Mississippi State, including two pick-6s off Tim Tebow in one game.
Yeah, this is not happening. The Rams signed Cortland Finnegan to a $50 million deal in March. They drafted two very good corners last week. They also have some solid guys, albeit with injury issues, in Bradley Fletcher and Jerome Murphy.
Cal receiver Keenan Allen is on the board in that mock, and the Rams would almost certainly have to think about a playmaker like that.