If Tavon Austin or Chance Warmack are not available for the 16th pick I don't believe there is anyone else worthy of that pick (including Cordarelle Patterson) and therefore, the Rams should seek a trade partner to compile some extra picks. Who should we turn too for that trade you ask?
I think the Atlanta Falcons would be the ideal candidate. They have the 30th pick in the draft and two 4th rounders this year. The Falcons have been known to trade up over the last couple of years to get players they are aiming for. In 2011, they traded up to the sixth pick to nab Julio Jones right from under our nose. I believe it was that same season that they traded with us in the 5th round so they could go after Jaquizz Rodgers.
Last season the Falcons were a few minutes away from winning the NFC Championship and advancing to the Super Bowl. They have resigned Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez for one more season and brought in Steven Jackson to give themselves another run at the Super Bowl. They are the type of team that might feel they are one player away from accomplishing that. Besides Gonzalez, the Falcons don't appear too have too much behind him at the tight end position and I would imagine they are salivating at the idea of adding someone like Tyler Eifert to give themselves a two tight end look with Jackson in the backfield and Roddy White and Julio Jones on the wings. That could be a scary offense for Matt Ryan to orchestrate.
Looking at the trade value chart, the Rams' 16th pick has a value of 1000 points. For the Falcons to move down from the 30th spot, they would also have to give up a second rounder and one of their 4th rounders to make it somewhat even. The Falcons would be able to secure Tyler Eifert with the 16th pick and still have a 3rd and 4th rounder to address other areas of need.
By gaining those extra picks, the Rams would then have the 22nd and 30th picks in the first round, the 46th and 60th picks in the second round, the 78th pick in the third round, the 113th and 127th picks in the fourth round and then their own 5th, 6th and 7th round picks. If that were the case this is how my draft would come together:
Round One 16th pick - Keenan Allen wide receiver California. Allen is the type of receiver who will be ready to put on the pads and start running the type of routes that the Rams have missed since the GSOT days. To add him to a receiver corps that includes Chris Givens, Brian Quick, Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks and Austin Pettis with the occasional screen out of the backfield will provide Sam Bradford with one more weapon to make our offense just that much better. We will need to add another receiver into the mix and that will come later in the draft.
Round One 30th pick - Matt Elam safety Florida. Elam is just the type of enforcer we need in the secondary to help take down the QB's in the NFC West trying to run their Pistol offenses and also cover some of the tight ends and receivers running crossing routes in front of him.
Round Two 46th pick - Larry Warford Offensive Guard Kentucky. After signing Jake Long to man the left tackle position and moving Roger Saffold to right tackle, the area of glaring need on the offensive line is at left guard. Warford is just the guy we need to help pound open some holes for our running game and make life easier for Sam Bradford and his play action passes.
Round Two 60th pick - Khaseem Greene OLB Rutgers. By adding Greene to a linebacking unit which already has James Laurinaitis and JoLonn Dunbar, we now have the speed and tackling ability on the outside to be another weapon against the running games of the NFC West. We will finally be set at the linebacker position.
Round Three 78th pick - Stedman Bailey wide receiver West Virginia. Here is the OTHER wideout that I referred to earlier. Bailey is another receiver who understands route running and has a steady pair of hands that will round out the WR Corps and give Bradford another weapon to make our offense one of the more formidable units in the league.
Round Four 113th pick - Tyrone Mattheiu cornerback LSU. The Fisher Effect kicks in. We take a chance on the skill set of the Honey Badger and add another top shelf corner to our secondary to help out in nickle packages and add depth in case of injury to any of the starters. Talk about a cornerback unit with swag!
Round Four 127th pick - LeVeon Bell running back Michigan State. We get the bellcow back that we knew we were going to need once Steven Jackson took off for Atlanta. With the upgraded offensive line and the "Donner und Blitzen" of Bell, Pead and Richardson, we will be able to slow down the pass rush of our NFC West foes and grind out the clock whenever we need to. Once again, this will work wonders for Sam Bradford and his play action game.
Round Five 149th pick - Duke Williams safety Nevada. I'm taking a little bit of a chance hoping Williams will still be available at this juncture. Adding Williams to the safety mix gives us another speedy, hard hitting ballhawk who will complete the secondary and just about complete the defense.
Round Six 184th pick - Sam Schwartzstein center Stanford. We add some depth to the interior of the line and a backup for Scott Wells. Schwartzstein (damn that's hard to spell) is a smart center who used to snap to Andrew Luck and worked together with David DeCastro to blow open holes for Stepfan Taylor. He will be a solid addition to the offensive line.
Round Seven 222nd pick - Cory Grissom defensive tackle South Florida. A big body to add depth to the defensive tackle rotation. At 6-2 315 lbs, Grissom drew a lot of double teams in a 4-3 set and still managed to make plays.
I believe this draft addresses all the holes that are apparent on our current roster and will make the 2013 NFL season very interesting for Rams fans. Let me know what you think. I am open to constructive critiscm. Go Rams!!