Les Snead: Draft Day Alchemist

I never thought I would find a 320 lb man in a mid-rift so attractive, but Chance Warmack somehow pulls it off.



In this mock, centered on bolstering the o-line, and just about every other position through a bevy of trades, I have Chance Warmack coming to the Rams with the 30th pick overall. Say whaaaaa?

Before we actually mock, let’s take a page from Les Snead’s Book of Draft Day Alchemy and turn two first round picks into one later first round pick, two second round picks, and two third round picks.

The first trade is with Kansas City. It is widely speculated that the Chiefs have their sites on Geno Smith. This obviously may or may not happen, but even if it’s not Geno Smith, new HC Andy Reid likely wants to draft his own QB. All of a sudden the Chiefs have a shiny new QB, but without Dwayne Bowe, no one to throw to. Therefore KC takes Snead’s call and trades down to the Rams’ 16th pick to ensure the selection of one of the top receivers in this year’s class; Keenan Allen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Terrance Williams, or Tavon Austin. In exchange for the 16th pick the Rams get (using the NFL Draft Value Chart), KC’s 2nd round pick this year (34th overall), KC’s 3rd round pick this year (63rd overall), and KC’s 2014 2nd round pick.

But that’s not all. New England is also speculated to have its sites on a new WR. Wes Welker isn’t getting any younger. They too may be inclined to take a call from Snead to trade down out of the 30th pick overall (could change) to the Rams’ 22nd pick. To move down eight places, NE would have to give us their 3rd round pick (92nd overall).

That leaves the Rams with the following picks:

First Round: 30th

Second Round: 34th, 46th

Third Round: 63rd, 78th, and 92nd

Then our regular picks for rounds 4, 5, 6, and 7.

That’s a lot of picks and puts the Rams in position to create a VERY solid o-line, address some needs at safety and OLB, as well as take a chance on some players that otherwise may be off limits. Think Janoris Jenkins.

If you don’t have them on already, please put on your moccasins.

Round 1 (30): Chance Warmack, LG. Alabama. He’s fresh in everyone’s mind from the national championship game where he routinely dominated ND’s touted defensive line. All of a sudden he’s projected to go in the top 10. I don’t think so. As with last year’s dominate interior linemen, he will likely fall to the latter part of round 1.

Round 2 (34): Eric Reid, S, LSU. He has the size of a modern safety, with coverage skills to match. He would be a serious upgrade over Dahl.

Round 2 (46): DJ Fluker, RT, Alabama. While still a little raw, he has great size and should fit well into the Rams power-based scheme. He is compared to Cincinatti’s Andre Smith.

Round 3 (63): Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers. Great athlete, who can tackle as well as cover due to his experience as a safety. He impressed in the Russell Athletic Bowl where he was constantly around the ball and even recovered a fumble for a TD.

Round 3 (78): Da’Rick Rogers, WR, TT. Here’s a risky draft pick a la Janoris Jenkins. Rogers has had off the field problems with positive tests for marijuana (I said a la JJ) but is said to possess the talent of a true X receiver and the versatility of a Z. He’s 6’3", 208 lbs and explosive. In my opinion, with all the other picks we have in this mock, he’d be worth the risk.

At this point Snead gets really creative and realizes the Rams could essentially condense their entire draft into the first three rounds. So he calls up the Dolphins who are desperate to build depth and offers the Rams’ 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks for Miami’s 3rd round (82nd pick overall).

Round 3 (82): Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State. He’s a big powerfully built runner with speed. Remind you of anyone? It’s time to start thinking about life after Steven Jackson.

Round 3 (92): Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinatti. He’s 6’5" and 260lbs. He finished his senior season with 45 receptions for 722 yards and 8 TDs. He’d be another weapon for Bradford.

Wheel and dealing ain’t got nothin’ on Snead in this draft scenario. This draft would address all of the key areas of need for the Rams and at the same time builds talented depth in positions such as WR, RB, and TE. Following this draft, the Rams would be a complete team and set up very nicely (assuming 2013 goes relatively well) to be more choosy with the elite talent that will be available in 2014 (The Rams already have two 1sts in 2014, and remember we got KC’s second rounder next year in this scenario).

You can really start to see how the trade with the Redskins (3 first rounders and a second) set St. Louis up to build a highly talented team overall. The Rams will be a force in 2013 and probably unstoppable in 2014.

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