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The St. Louis Rams are back on the clock for the 2013 NFL Mock Draft, with rounds one and two already in the books. There’s still plenty of work to be done in the draft to ensure that the ‘holes’ have been adequately filled. Jeff Fisher and Les Snead didn’t let you down in 2012. They’ve been locked out of the War Room. Yours truly is calling the shots….
Ok, so in case you missed it, the Rams breezed through rounds one and two yesterday, and in pretty spectacular fashion [if I must say so myself]. The team took great strides between preseason and last week’s season finale. With that being said, the work of a hapless Armchair GM never ends.
I’ve lured Fisher and Snead back out of the War Room with a basket of Vidal Sassoon and switchblade mustache combs. The Rams are on the clock in the 3rd round. Here’s what went down on day one:
1A. (16) Eric Fisher - OT - Central Michgan
- 6’8" - 305 lbs.
- First Team All-MAC
- NFL.com Draft Prospect Grade: 88.3
- NFL Player Comparison: Joe Staley
1B. (22) Tavon Austin - WR - West Virginia
- 5’9" - 174 lbs.
- AP All-American, First Team
- NFL.com Draft Prospect Grade: 80.4
- NFL Player Comparison: Dexter McCluster
2. (48) Eric Reid - S - LSU
- 6’2" - 212 lbs
- AP All-American, Second Team
- Displays instinct and athleticism
- NFL Player Replacing: Craig Dahl
[Thomas] has been selected First Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. Thomas for a second straight year has earned All-Pac-12 honors by leading a Stanford defense with historic accomplishments, including leading the nation in rushing defense and recording three of the school's top 10 performances against the run in three straight weeks. Thomas ranks second on the team in tackles (4.83) while recording 12.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He has forced two fumbles and recovered another fumble for a touchdown at Notre Dame.
Fauria's value lies in his ability as a mismatch in the passing game. While not a speed threat in the Jimmy Graham mold, Fauria shows impressive flexibility and agility as a route-runner, soft hands to make tough catches and the combination of strength, fluidity and leaping ability (see Stanford, 2011) to be a "Bruin" after the catch. With just nine career starts entering the 2012 season, Fauria remains rough around the edges and far from a first round lock but the physical upside is such that he's currently ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's top senior tight end in the country.