You may be wondering why Sam Bradford is so shocked.. Well it's because were kicking this draft off with someone to keep him off his back!
1a. Chance Warmack, OG
NFL.com Grade: 95.9
Why - I hear a lot of Rams fans bring up the argument that Fisher rarely drafts O-Line man in the first round but if Warmack falls to us at 16 i think he is just too dominate to pass up. He is big, mean, and a mauler to boot. He will make our offensive line, better he will make our running backs look better, and he will protect Sam. As boring as picking O-line can be, this game is won in the trenches and with this pick we get the best lineman from the best team in college football.
Chance Warmack vs LSU 2012 (via JPDraftJedi)
1b. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR
NFL.com Grade: 90.6
Why - He is a play-maker! If the ball is in his hands good things happen. Patterson has great speed and size as a WR but what may make him even more special is his ability to make something out of nothing in the open field. He is a good fit for the Rams due to his versatility. He can fix our receiver problem along with our problem in the return game. I can't remember the last time the Rams had a decent return man. At Tennessee he played WR but also took time in the back field where he averaged 12.3 yards per carry. With him in the backfield the rams will be able to create a lot of mismatches. Some see him as too raw but with how versatile he is he WILL be on the field.
Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson 2012 Highlights ᴴᴰ (via CollegeFootballLive)
2. Jonathan Cyprien , S
NFL.com Grade: 84.6
Why - The NFL is pass driven league. This man may not be quite the ball hawk that Phillip Thomas is but he showed that he can keep up with some of the better receivers in college football. This man comes from a small school and is just now jumping on to peoples radar due to his performance at the senior bowl. With a strong combine he could increase his stock even more. He is a hard hitter and can play in the box as a strong safety solution if needed.
3. Menelik Watson, OT
NFL.com Grade: 76.0
Why - This man is a freak. For an O-line man they don't get much more athletic. Again the Rams need to protect Sam. This man is an NFL ready right tackle and an instant upgrade over Richardson. Jeff fissure takes line man and turns them into stars. With the amount of potential in Watson he could be a great addition and solidify the Rams line. With time some say he has the foot speed and athleticism to make a move to left tackle is well.
4. D.J. Swearinger, S
NFL.com Grade: 81.4
Why - To get rid of Craig Dahl... Besides that this man is a hard hitter. He will let his presence be felt in a game. He has good instincts which help make up for some of his lapses in coverage and would be an instant starter for the Rams unless someone else is brought in during free agency. Im surprised that he is not higher on many peoples radar but if he falls to the rams in the 4th he would be a steal.
DJ swearinger aka JungleBoi (via swagg36)
5. Zaviar Gooden, OLB
NFL.com Grade: 70.0
Why - The rams are weak at outside linebacker and this man while raw is extremely gifted athletically. He could be a linebacker who could start as role player and work his way to the first string. He has every tool anyone could ask for. One of the most positive aspects of drafting him would be the fact that he is able to stick to bigger TE's and some WRs in coverage over the middle. He made a nice pick in the senior bowl but is still seen as more of a project at this point in his football career.
2013 NFL Draft Profile: Missouri - Zaviar Gooden (via Erick Ward)
6. Michael Williams, TE
NFL.com Grade: 68.9
Why - This man is big and a great blocker. He won a national title with Alabama this year. Yet scouts are not high on him because the NFL is a passes driven league and as a main blocker for a team that liked to run the ball he didn't get his fair share of chances. In the Senior bowl he showed flashes of receiving potential. If he could develop his receiving skills to go along with blocking skills he could end up as a starter for the Rams by years end.
7. Tj Moe, WR
NFL.com Grade: 60.0
Why - Danny is a free agent, young is a risk. We need someone who can the slot. TJ had a great year a Mizzou catching passes from Gabbert. After Franklin took over production slowed. He still has the talent he was missing the Quarterback. At practices for the Texas vs the Nation bowl he was a standout and even compared to Danny as a slot receiver.