Any football savvy fan understands the three hardest positions to make the college to pro transition are the following: CB, DE, WR. This trend leads to the following theory in my personal opinion. Do not touch a WR in this draft class! I know I am going to get tore down for this by most of the Ram fans on this site but, let me offer another perspective. We have the potential in this draft class to set ourselves up for instant success. If we draft solid chug-n-plug players at positions that are not glamorous we might benefit more than one would think.
I will use two examples of where drafting players that are not, flashy picks, have set this team up for long term greatness. Three players come to mind from last year: Brockers, Legatron, Hekker. Brockers was not flashy, but, this pick will probably show the most promise over the next decade. This dude is raw, but he is so damn talented and strong that most people cannot even see what this kid can be. Next year will be monsterous for this kid, he will become the scariest defensive tackle on either side of the Mississippi. Then there are the two special teamers. These two unflashy picks are the types that go unoticed. Ya, we know they both can boom the fooseball, but do we really understand how much they determine games? Greg struggled a bit, but this kid is a weapon from mid-field in. JHekker as we all know can boom just like his other heavy footed friend. Johnny's leg puts teams in terrible field position and adds another dimension to our defense, letting them play with more confidence knowing that the opposition is pinned deap.
Point being is that all three of these kids were not the ones we talked about post draft in April, but will have the heaviest impact long term. With that being said, who are these chug-n-plug guys we can look at? I offer the following names:
Arthur Brown (LB): immediate impact player who can play sideline to sideline and is not a liability
in pass coverage. (This might let JL55 play more downhill and scrape off of big Mike)
Chance Warmack (G): No explanation needed
Johnathon Cooper (G): See above
Lane Johnson (T): Athletic RT, this is the answer to the Aldon Smith
Kenny Vaccarro (S): Dude is a natural in coverage and is big enough to help in run suppport.
Alec Ogletree (LB): Not the best linebacker on his team, but Jarvis doesnt fit our scheme. Though he is second tier in comparision to Jarvis, he is one of the most sound tacklers I have seen in along time.
These are a few first round possibilities that I feel would make us instantly better. None are flashy and cause the instant excitement that all of us are yearning for but, these dudes will help produce wins NOW. I know they are common names in most mock drafts but, I wanted to offer an opinion for the anti-WR crowds out there. Post mid round guys could also include Swearinger/Rambo or even a DT (I actually would not be surpised if we did not go another DT in the first). Okay it is late and I am babbling, point being, keep Sam upright, play good D and know that special teams will be the key to winning the West in 13'. Go Rams