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Food For Thought - 4 Round Mock

As we all know, we're well into the draft season and everyone has their thoughts of what the Rams should do with their draft picks, but none are thought more of then their first rounds picks. Everyone has their favorite penciled in to those spots, while most fell that the Rams should trade their second pick in the first to the highest and therefore the most desperate team that sees a player that they just find too enticing to slide any further, but I ask you, is it possible that we trade the first, first round draft pick? With players flying up draft boards with the likes of Tavon Austin and Corrdarelle Patterson even doubtful to make it to the Rams now, is it possible that a team in the 20's have fallen in love with the though of one of these players? I would have to think so for this upcoming draft scenario. Tell me what you think?

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With the 16th pick in the 2013 draft, the St. Louis Rams Trade to the Minnesota Vikings for their 1st and 3rd rounds picks.

The Minnesota Vikings recently lost Percy Harvin to our rivals (Seahawks) and they are looking for his replacement. That replacement could come in 5'9 do it all receiver from West Virginia by the name of Tavon Austin. I imagine the first Wide Receiver to come off the board will be Corrdarelle Patterson before the Rams even have the chance to think about selecting him. I don't see Tavon going before the 16 spot because of his worrisome stature and skepticism about whether he can have longevity in the NFL due to it, but this shouldn't stop teams from completely falling out of love with him before he is the most electrifying player in this upcoming draft and has all the skillset to step in right away and contribute. Bottom line for the Vikings, they need to get help for Adrian Peterson, because while he is the best Running back ( and arguably the best player in the NFL), he also can't do it by himself. Look for the Vikiings to make a splash in the draft, in the scenario, they make it by trading up with us.

With the 22nd pick in the 2013 draft, the St. Louis Rams select, DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson

DeAndre Hopkins is getting some love from later first round teams in the 20s who fell in love with him during his interviews at the Combine. I highly doubt he makes it out of the first round with his talent and potential in the future. I believe when it comes to route running and catching, Hopkins is one of the best if not the best Wide Receiver in this upcoming draft. Add that to the fact he adjusts well to the ball in the air and uses his physicality to his advantage and he could be a great weapon for Sam. The only knock that I can find in Hopkins' game is the fact that he doesn't have the speed that Austin or maybe Patterson has, but none the less he still fine a way to get separation. He is a football player plain and simple. I believe Hopkins could start right away with the Rams and take advantage of the attention that Givens will undoubtedly receiving this season.

This is the game that sold me on him, he straight up came up with clutch catch after catch against one of the better defenses in the nation. Stat Line:

13 Catches

191 Yards

2 Touchdowns

Clemson vs LSU 2012 Chick Fil A Bowl Highlights HD (via goclemsontigers81)

With the 23rd pick in the 2013 draft, the St. Louis Rams select, Eddie Lacy, Running Back, Alabama

This might not be the favorite pick for most people, but Fisher has shown a tendency to draft his running backs in the first two rounds. In the matter of just 3 drafts from 2006-2008, he draft a running back in the first 2 rounds all 3 years. Like I've said before, I don't believe that drafting a Running Back in the first round is good value for a team in a pass first NFL, but if you've learned anything from the past Superbowl winners, you will see that all of the teams that won had some kind of sufficient running game. If we are going to mix in the running games, I don't trust Pead and Richardson to head that attack by themselves. I can't see either as a three down back nor can I see it being very successful if they did. Lacy is seen as the best Running Back in the draft (by default) and he could the power back that we trust for years to come.

Eddie Lacy Highlights 2012 (via Alec Berger)

With the 46th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams select, Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State

He is a great tackler who wraps up and rarely ever misses his tackles. Has the power to push around players and uses his hands very well. He has the speed to disrupt plays in the back field along with quick burst which allows him to get around anyone that looks to stop him quick. He is good in coverage and once again his speed is a great asset in coverage. He is sounds when it comes to his game and is a very dedicated player.

Arthur Brown 2012 Highlights ᴴᴰ (via ThatHighlightChannel)

With the 78th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams select, Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee

Whether Thomas will be here is up to you to judge, but I think he will have a chance to be. I think there will be a run on Guards and Tackles early so with that makes there be a bigger possibility of him being here for the Rams to snag. He has no glimpse of struggle in his game when it comes to run blocking and pass protection. His fit in the NFL seems to be at Left Guard where are need right now is on the line in most people's opinion. If we do get Thomas, this line could be shored up for years to come.

Dallas Thomas vs. Alabama (2012) (via Mario Clavel)

With the 83rd pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams select, Bacarri Rambo, Safety, Georgia

Rambo was suspended for the first 4 games of the season, but when he came back he was a baller. He is great in pass protection and solid when it comes to the run game. His instincts are above average when it comes to pass protection, but he can be a bit of a gambler. His off the field issues with drugs should scare some teams off to whether he can keep his head on the game, but as we saw Fisher has no problem with taking chances on players with playing ability which Rambo does have. He has 16 interceptions in 4 season which is good. He has great hands for his position and can be very versatile when it comes to playing in the Free Safety or Strong Safety positions. Also has the ability to either play zone or man coverage. Although we are getting him in the 3rd round he has the ability to start quick on a defense and make an immediate impact. It's seriously crazy how deep this draft class is with talent at the Safety position.

Bacarri Rambo vs Auburn (2012) (via Aaron Aloysius)

With the 113th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams select, Aaron Dobson, Wide Receiver, Marshall

I could explain this pick, but Doug did a great job on an article about him early last month .

http://www.turfshowtimes.com/2013/3/3/4060008/2013-nfl-draft-aaron-dobson-is-worth-a-hard-look

Bottom line, he has great stature with his build and he has great hands. Has great ability to track the ball while it's in the air and uses his body to his advantage. The big knock is that it will probably take him some time to progress into the NFL game when he hasn't faced very good competition. I've seen comparisons to Green and Rice among some others. Will he be that right now, no, but he does have potential.

Aaron Dobson Career Highlights (via Zach Marshall)

What do you think? Would you be happy with this draft?

Thanks for reading..

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