It's that time of the year ladies and gents. Now it may not mean anything special to anyone who doesn't love the NFL, but special nonetheless. Mock Draft season is in full effect, so that means that everyday someone's pulling out a new mock from everywhere possible. Even their ass you would say from watching some of these things.
Ever read the comments of a mock and see the generic ratings that sometimes span from, "good draft" to "Horrible!! WTF were you thinking you clown??". What does it truly take to mock a good draft? I ask because I love reading them and will post my very own first 7round Mock Draft for my Rams ever and would like to know what you guys think of it.
I make my decisions based on a few offseason moves that I believe the team will make prior to the draft.
-First- We let SJ39 and Gibson go, then cut Mikell, H. Dahl, W. Hunter for cap room and a couple others but those are some of the more major names.
-Second- Amendola is signed for around 6-8 mill a year with stipulations for health concerns. I understand some think he doesn't deserve that much but he's very productive when healthy and he's Sam's obvious favorite target. The one thing Sam has lacked is continuity and to take away both of his top target in DA and Gibson would be Cheddar Bob.
-Thirdly- In free agency we may be very active but we may only come out with one or two FAs one being at Tackle with either Ryan Clady or Andre Smith.
-Fourth- We trade away our 22nd pick for the two picks that the Bengals hold in the 2nd round plus a 6th. My reasoning behind this would be that the Bengals are most likely in the mindset that they are maybe one or two pieces away from getting over that wildcard hump of the playoffs and competing for a SuperBowl so what's better than getting those two pieces with the 21st and 22nd picks of the first round.
So that leaves us with a grand total of ten picks. One 1st rounder, three 2nd rounders, one 3rd, one 4th, one 5th, two 6th, and one in the 7th. And with that said, Here Goes Nothing.
1st- SS Matt Elam, Florida. This guy may not be the first on most of the you guys' safety wish lists but I believe after the combine he becomes the best prospect at the Strong Safety position. Gets to the ball, Good Tackler, Hard hitting.
2nd- OT Dallas Thomas, Tennessee. Though I said we will grab one in FA I still believe we draft a Tackle because one thing we lack is quality depth, something all the top teams have. He may be the best at the position come time for the first of our two picks from Cincinnati, unless D.J Fluker is still around then we'd grab him.
2nd- DT Kawann Short, Purdue. Langford didn't have the affect that he we were hoping for when we signed him but will remain our starter and Short will be another quality depth player till his time comes up to take over next to Brockers.
2nd- WR Justin Hunter, Tennesee. This kid has a lot of potential. Good route runner, size, and speed. Sam Bradford gets a new toy.
3rd- OLB Khaseem Green, Rutgers. Finally some help on the outside so JL can play in the box more.
4th- FS Phillip Thomas, Fresno State. He led the nation with 8 interceptions. Need I say more. He is a huge upgrade from C. Dahl. Sound tackler and is very good in coverage.
5th- OG Brian Winters, Kent State. More depth and another mound of clay for coach Boudreau to work his magic on.
6th- RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina. Some think he might go sooner some think he may be an UDFA but I don't think teams will take the risk due to that injury.
6th- WR Ace Sanders, South Carolina. One word. Speed. Could be an asset in Special Team.
7th- OLB Michael Clay, Oregon. Led his team in tackles and can be another asset with the Special Teams unit.
Wallah!! And the 2013-14 St. Louis Rams go on to win SuperBowl 48. Okay, that last part is just a bit of wishful thinking but let me know what you guys think. Remember it's my first time, be gentle. Lol.