As we all know, this draft class is no where near last years in terms of ability and depth. This draft is heavily defense favored. But, with Jeff Fisher as head coach, it might not be a bad thing. As we have stockpiled picks, we can choose to solidify the defense this year while picking up a few offensive line pieces. This would open up the 2014 draft to be strictly dynamic playmakers all around, while adding depth.
With two linemen in Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews staying in school, the o-line class is hurt terribly. I can see both Luke Joeckel and Chance Warmack being off the board in our case, making focusing on defense a little easier.
With our 4-3 defense, there is a need at strong side backer. There is one player that comes to mind who can fill that void while also taking over the #2 linebacking position in the Nickel package. That is Alec Ogletree from Georgia. He is a former safety and has the size (6'3") and cover skills to line up and cover TEs and RBs. He would be a great pickup for the team in the first round.
ROUND 1, PICK 16 - ALEC OGLETREE, OLB, GEORGIA
Now, addressing the defensive secondary, particularly safety, is what I see the Rams doing next. Every great defense has a strong presence at safety. I see strong safety being addressed first, as the class has one elite playmaker. That is Matt Elam from Florida. He has a nose for the ball and loves to hit... hard. He can bring a presence to the backfield and hawk the seems while coming up in run protection.
ROUND 1, PICK 22 - MATT ELAM, SS, FLORIDA
The offensive line needs some help at LG and RT, I can see the Rams keeping Rob Turner, as he played well last year in a G/C role, for another year to help out the line. But, looking for a RT is a must. But, there will be many great tackles in the draft next year. So, adding a G/T prospect in the second round can let us play him at RT this year and add an elite tackle in the first round next year. This player is Dallas Thomas from Tennessee. He has great quickness and ability to stop rush ends, while mauling in the run game.
ROUND 2, PICK 16 - DALLAS THOMAS, RT, TENNESSEE
Back to defense, which will be a theme here. Quintin Mikell will give the Rams a $9 million dollar cap hit next season, which make him more and more expendable. Freeing up him and Wayne Hunter would give the Rams $14 million to work with. So, we addressed the SS position earlier with Matt Elam, so let's replace Craig Dahl at FS here. Look for Fisher to pick from his alma-mater here, USC. TJ McDonald is a player who has great size and cover ability, but needs work and good coaching. But, that's what the Rams have. (Dark Horse here can be David Amerson, NC State (6'3" cover corner) converted to FS in the NFL).
ROUND 3, PICK 16 - TJ MCDONALD, FS, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ROUND 4, PICK 16 - KWAME GEATHERS, DT, GEORGIA
ROUND 5, PICK 16 - KEVIN REDDICK, ILB, NORTH CAROLINA
ROUND 6, PICK 16 - LEVINE TOILOLO, TE, STANFORD
ROUND 7, PICK 16 - RYAN ALLEN, P, LOUISIANA TECH