Is November too soon to talk about the NFL Draft? Nope, not if you're a St. Louis Rams fan. This season is shaping up like the last ten, with the possible exception of 2012, where draft talk is fair game by the first of November. Seriously, the last time the Rams had a winning season was 2003. No wonder TST readers are among the most educated draft fans in the league.
The guys at Mocking the Draft rolled out a mock of the top 14 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft on their Wednesday night podcast. St. Louis currently has the eighth and 12th picks in the draft and one more shot to really make over the roster.
Unfortunately, another year of busted expectations has revealed a surprisingly extensive list of needs for the Rams. Cornerback, safety, defensive tackle, offensive linemen ... there's barely a spot on the roster, outside of linebacker and defensive end that couldn't use an influx of talent.
And for some, that includes quarterback.
Dan and Matthew at MtD went signal caller for the Rams eighth pick, taking UCLA's Brett Hundley. You should head over and listen to their discussion of the pick, because it reflects a lot of what's going on nationally. Closer to home, it's about a 50-50 split as to whether the Rams should move on from Sam Bradford. There are very rational arguments to be made both ways ... none of which will appear in the comments section of this post.
If the Rams did draft a guy like Hundley, assuming the red shirt sophomore comes out, it would make sense to keep Bradford around while the prospect spends a year developing, even if that means taking one more year of the massive cap hit that comes with Bradford's contract.
With the 12th pick, the MtD grab Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix. He'd be a perfect pairing with T.J. McDonald, settling the Rams needs at safety for years to come.
Alright, head over and give their podcast a listen before you start spewing invective in the comments.