this draft is done under the premise that finnegan, wells and dahl have been cut. and they let saffold walk due to demanding too high of a salary.
with the 2nd overall pick, the rams wanted to trade down, they almost have to. the titans come calling, they offer their 1st, 2nd and next years first to move up to second overall to draft Clowney. thought process here for the rams is building draft capital for next season is imperative and dropping to 11 may take them out of the running for some targets but not all. they hope g robinson falls, but if he doesnt there is a good chance watkins does, if both are picked up they can look at top CBs now that finnegan is gone.
at pick 13 clinton dix and pryor are still on the board. dallas comes calling, the rams know they want haha. so its a bit of a gamble to make the deal if the bears are also going to draft one of the top FS's...but at this point the rams could still draft one of the top CBs or DTs if they trade back. and seeing more needs and great depth in this draft, snead pulls the trigger with the cowboys. cowboys give up their 1st 2nd and 3rd to move up 4 spots and the rams still land their target for their pick in Pryor.
Round 1 Pick 11 (TENN): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (A)
Round 1 Pick 17 (DAL): Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville (A)
Round 2 Pick 10 (TENN): Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA (A-)
Round 2 Pick 12: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota (A)
Round 2 Pick 16 (DAL): Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State (B)
Round 3 Pick 11: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young (A)
Round 3 Pick 15 (DAL): Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada (B-)
Round 4 Pick 10: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU (A)
Round 5 Pick 13: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU (A)
Round 6 Pick 12: Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State (A)
Round 7 Pick 11: Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado State (D+)
an accumulation of picks like this is certainly not out of consideration for the rams this year. they lack any glaring needs to be filled with the #2 pick. Larsen will battle Barnes and Jones for the starting OC spot. most likely winning out and moving Jones back to his utility role on the line. bitonio is the backup LT but will probably play RG most of the season with Sua-Filo playing LG as he is more athletic and will be better at pulling than Bitonio. Hageman joins the DT rotation and gives the rams the best front 4 in the league while the addition of Van Noy (in the 3rd somehow) gives the rams the best front 7 in the league. Mettenberger brings in some (much anticipated for some) competition for Bradford, solid arm and capable of running a pro offense. the addition of a RB marks the end of a short run for I Pead, its time the rams just cut bait with him and J Hill can be brought in as a short yardage back and current project for rams coaches. he has the talent to be a feature back, just not sure if he has the head. this is a low risk high reward pick here for the rams, hopefully having his leader from his college offense on the team can help his maturity. Gillmore isnt exciting, but he has produced at the college level, he can come in on special teams and be some depth at TE.