Now that the dust has settled on the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, it is time to look at what the Rams will try to accomplish in the remaining rounds. A couple of big needs were filled in the first round with the additions of WR Tavon Austin and OLB Alec Ogletree. In my estimation, the Rams still have the following holes in the roster that need to be addressed: RB, OL, SS, FS and DT depth. At this point, I don't believe the Rams should attempt to trade up into the second round. The draft is deep enough that most of their needs can be addressed with the remaining picks.
|4.113||Le'Veon Bell||RB||Michigan State|
|5.149||Earl Watford||G||James Madison|
|6.184||Zeke Motta||SS||Notre Dame|
|6.198||Josh Boyd||DT||Mississippi State|
Rambo - Favourably compares to Dashon Goldson. Falls to the third round due to character concerns.
Jones - Versatile, underrated lineman who will compete immediately for a starting guard position and provide depth across the entire line.
Bell - A smaller version of Steven Jackson in many ways. The power running back for the Rams committee backfield.
Watford - Small school prospect, athletic with good upside. A fifth round version of Jonathan Cooper.
Motta - Impressive build and size. Aggressive run defender with upside.
Boyd - Consistent run defender who needs to develop in the area of pass rushing. A sleeper prospect with a nice upside.
The following is an alternate mock that I also like and can see transpiring:
|3.92||Terron Armstead||OT||Arkansas Pine-Bluff|
|5.149||Earl Watford||G||James Madison|
|6.198||David Bass||DE||Missouri Western State|
This second mock draft is composed of players that the Rams have shown interest in during the pre-draft process.
In many ways, I actually like this one better than the first one! I would truly have loved to mock D.J. Swearinger to the Rams in the third round. I just can't envision him being there at #71. I believe he will be chosen in the second round. He would be my first choice of any players available if he makes it to our selection at #71. An additional wide receiver was not considered in either mock. I believe that the Rams do not need to draft another one, and can pick up a fifth receiver as a UDFA, assuming the Rams do not have Raymond Radway or Nick Johnson in their future plans. Quick, Pettis, Austin, Givens, Kendricks and Cook should give the Rams and Sam Bradford plenty of weapons to work with.
Well, I managed to mock Alec Ogletree correctly in the first round (although not at 30). Let's see how my luck fares in the remaining two days of the draft. Go Rams!!!
The big winner in the first round???? By a landslide, the New England Patriots. Parlaying the #29 pick into second, third, fourth and seventh round picks was a stroke of genius, especially given the composition of this draft.
Contest Update: There are three contestants currently in the lead. Two picked Ogletree and one picked Austin. Still a long way to go though!
As a footnote, the wildcard for the Rams as we move into the later rounds is running back Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore is difficult to project because he can be selected anywhere from the second through the fourth rounds. The Rams will be giving Lattimore serious consideration, depending on his availability.
April 26, 2013 Update: the second and third rounds are now complete. Going into the third day, the Rams remaining needs are as follows: FS/DB, DT depth, OL and running back. With the Rams 4 remaining picks, I believe that these needs can be addressed. Bell and Armstead are the only players that have been selected from the two mocks presented in this post. I believe some of our remaining picks will come from the players still not taken in the two mocks. My favourites for the fourth round are FS Bacarri Rambo, CB/S Sanders Commings, RB Johnathan Franklin, FS Phillip Thomas, G Alvin Bailey, OT Chris Faulk and OL Barrett Jones. For the fifth round: G Earl Watford, OT Xavier Nixon and DE David Bass. For the sixth round: RB Spencer Ware and DT Josh Boyd.
Potential selections in the next four rounds:
My remaining picks would be: Round 4 - Bacarri Rambo, Round 5 - Earl Watford, Round 6 - David Bass, Round 6 - Spencer Ware. If Barrett Jones miraculously makes it that far, he would be my first choice in the fourth....don't think he makes it there.