So I want to play devil's advocate here. I will back whatever decision Fisher and Snead make, but what players could the Rams have received if they didn't trade up for Tavon Austin? In this scenario, I kept the trade down in the first with Atlanta and also the trade up to get Zac Stacy in the 5th. I wanted to keep this scenario as close to what actually happened just minus the trade up in the first.
|Real Draft||Alternate Draft|
|Pick No.||Player||Pick No.||Player|
|8||Tavon Austin WR, WVU||16||DeAndre Hopkins WR, Clemson|
|30||Alec Ogletree OLB, UGA||30||Alec Ogletree OLB, UGA|
|71||TJ McDonald SS, USC||46||DJ Swearinger SS, Scar|
|92||Stedman Bailey WR, WVU||78||Markus Wheaton WR Oregon St|
|113||Barret Jones OL, Bama||92||Phillip Thomas FS, SDSU|
|149||Brandon McGee CB, Miami||113||Barret Jones OL, Bama|
|160||Zac Stacy RB, Vandy||149||Brandon McGee CB, Miami|
|160||Zac Stacy RB, Vandy|
|222||Reid Fragel OT, OSU|
In this alternative, the Rams sacrifice the ultimate dynamo in Austin, but get another receiver they really like in Hopkins and a great slot receiver and returner in Wheaton. The safety situation shakes out much better in my opinion with Swearinger and P. Thomas. Also, the Rams add a little OT depth with Fragel.
Keep in mind, this is all done in hindsight. I knew what prospects went where, while Snead and Fisher did not, so I had a definitive advantage. What do you think? Would you trade Austin, McDonald, and Bailey for Hopkins, Swearinger, Wheaton, Thomas, and Fragel? I'd appreciate your feedback.