I know pre-season just got started and I'm probably getting waaaaay ahead of myself here by doing a mock draft in August but I'm home alone and I'm also bored as shit :/ As I was sitting on my love seat (which I turned into a one seat because I'm a big dude lol) watching the infamous show Gangland. I started thinking about my beloved Rams and our horrendous offensive line. An offensive line so bad that Jason "My Head Hurts" Smith is our starting right tackle.... I just lost my train of thought typing in Smith and starting right tackle... Anyways our Oline sucks and I'm hoping for a 7-9 or 8-8 season.. GO RAMS!! Here is what I'm hoping our 2013 draft will look like.. I only did four rounds.. most will hate it because I didn't draft a WR in the 1st but IMO Oline is a bigger issue and I'm really really hoping that Quick and Givens tear it up for us :) I'll leave some notes for each player that I found on Walter Football..
1st: OT Chris Faulk (LT)
Faulk had an excellent sophomore season at left tackle for LSU. He was a good pass blocker and a road grader of a run blocker. Faulk has a lot of athletic ability and the potential to be a special player. He had some issues in pass protection in the National Championship Game against Alabama. His first performance of the year against the Crimson Tide was much better.
Faulk saw his first playing time as a redshirt freshman in 2010, making two starts at right tackle. He competed and won the left tackle starting position leading into the 2011 season. If Faulk can improve his pass protection, he could go early in the first-round next April. There is no reason to think that Faulk won't continue to improve as he gains experience.
1st: T/G/C Barrett Jones (LG)
Jones had a tremendous junior season at left tackle and it has really elevated his draft stock. In his biggest test of 2011, Jones was playing very well against LSU before he sustained an ankle injury in the second half. Early in the evening, Jones was doing a phenomenal job of run blocking for Trent Richardson, and Alabama had a lot of success running behind Jones. He also wasn't getting help with LSU's speed rushers on the edge, and Jones was rock solid not allowing a sack or pressure. He had another good game in the National Championship
Jones moved to left tackle last season after playing guard the previous two years. His transisition was flawless. He did a fabulous job of run blocking for Trent Richardson, and was equally good in pass protection. Jones is an intelligent player who has the physical tools to be effective. Interestingly, Alabama has moved Jones to center for his senior season. He is extremely smart and versatile. It will be interesting to see where Jones plays in the NFL, but he definitely could play guard.
Jones started 14 games at guard in 2009 as a redshirt freshman and Ingram ran his way to a Heisman. Jones stayed at right guard and started 11 games there in 2010. He was named as a First-Team All-SEC selection last season.
2: OLB Sean Porter (SLB)
After the Aggies lost Von Miller to the NFL, Porter was looked at to be a replacement in 2011. In his junior season, Porter did an admirable job of replacing Miller. Porter was a dangerous edge rusher and used his speed to fly around the field. He totaled 79 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
Porter played well against good teams and respectable offensive tackles. He recorded five sacks against Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Baylor. All three of those teams have offensive tackles that are well regarded. Heading into November, Porter had 8.5 sacks and looked poised to compile a total in the teens. However, he had a streak of four games late in the season that he didn't record a sack. In those games, he still was around the ball and had quality tackle totals with four tackles for a loss. He ended the season well against Northwestern with six tackles and a sack.
Porter is a seek-and-destroy defender who flies around the field chasing down ball carriers. His biggest strength is his ability to rush the quarterback off the edge. Porter plays well in space and is not a liability dropping into pass coverage, although he is a much bigger difference-maker rushing the quarterback.
Porter needs to add weight for the NFL. It would be ideal if he could gain 10-20 pounds to hold up on the edge. At times, he can get washed out of plays in run defense when offensive linemen get their hands on him.
3: S Matt Elam (SS)
Elam is an underrated college football player. When watching Florida, he really stands out as a big time presence who is all over the field. Elam was the top recruit in the state of Florida coming out of high school, and he has been validating that standing through his tenure as a Gator.
Elam earned his first playing time as a true freshman and earned even more as the year progressed. Eventually, he started in place of disappointing junior Will Hill. Elam recorded 22 tackles in 2010 with a sack and a pass broken up. He improved in 2011 and was the best player on Florida's defense. He recorded 78 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, seven passes broken up and two forced fumbles.
Elam is a fast, instinctive playmaker defending the pass in the deep part of the field. He also operates well near the line of scrimmage and is a physical run defender. Elam has a high ceiling and could turn into a highly-touted prospect in 2013 or 2014.
4: C Graham Pocic (Back up for Wells and possible starter with the right coaching, not liking what Wells is bringing to the table right now)
Pocic started the past two seasons at center for Illinois. He has some real athleticism. Pocic did a good job of blocking for Mikel Leshoure in 2010. Pocic needs to improve his strength, but he has the height and frame to be able to add more mass.