I'm not a big fan of mock drafts. While they can be fun and create conversation they have gotten way out of control. The mock monster started showing its ugly face around here in October...fuckin OCTOBER! So with this in mind I've created some personal rules to follow when I do my one and only mock draft of the year:
1. Wait until after free agency starts.
That's it. Just the one rule...one rule to rule them all!
With my elitist bullshit out of the way here is my mock.
I had a few things in mind while creating this mock, Fisher said he wants a big back. The Rams are still projecting short of the cap space to sign their draft picks so they need to make some more room. Mocking trades is impossible so I'm staying away from it.
16 - Alec Ogletree OLB - Ogletree might be the most impressive athlete in the draft pool this year. While Dunbar played well above expectation the Rams need a dominate presence on the outside. They will face Kapernick and Wilson 4 times in 2013 and for the foreseeable future, Ogletree would provide a huge piece in stopping the read-option and Fish knows this.
22- DeAndre Hopkins WR - In my view Hopkins is the most complete receiver in the draft this year. While the play making ability of Patterson and Austin is enticing I see to many negatives with each (experience, size, durability). With the addition of Cook the Rams have their presence in the slot and giving Quick and Givens a year to develop they have two outside threats. When I watch film of Hopkins I can't help but see Tory Holt, he has great hands and runs smooth routes at full speed and would be a nice compliment to the receiving corps.
46 -Larry Warford OG - Warford is a Fisher kind of pick. He is a big body guard who plays strong and is a mauler. If the Rams make this pick I see them releasing Harvey Dahl. His 4 million dollar salary is high and there are some concerns about his health moving forward. This frees up the needed cap space and opens the door for Rok to step up.
78 - DJ Swearinger FS - I like Swearinger a lot, enough that I considered him in the second. He has all the tools you want in a safety. He has plus cover skills and is a true thumper. He plays with attitude and is an easy day one starter on the Rams' defense. Teamed up with Stewart the Rams' secondary is going to write some checks.
113 - Le'Veon Bell RB - Bell is just an impressive back with his mix of size and speed. He adds the thunder to the Rams' backfield.
149 - Kwame Geathers DT - Geathers is a huge man at 6'6 and 340. He had an impressive pro day and shows to be the type of player who Waufle can mold into Langfords replacement.
184 - Micah Hyde CB - Hyde has good size for a corner and isn't afraid to hit. He also has a knack for the ball picking off 8 passes in his junior and senior years.
222 - Marquess Wilson WR - Wilson has more red flags than any player in the draft, but he also has a mountain of talent. While he could stand to add a few pounds he has blazing speed and play making ability. And with a 7th rounder there is no risk if he doesn't pan out.
I think a draft like this addresses needs and helps the Rams win in 2013 and sets them up in 2014 to use their two first rounders for luxury players and not fill pressing needs.