Don't get me wrong, I am a big Tavon supporter, and I feel that he will be a huge playmaker for us in the near future. I was thinking over last year's draft a little bit last night and I came away with two strong takeaways. First, using 20/20 hindsight I really wish we would've double dipped at safety last year. I fear the Rams are going to get goated into taking a safety (Calvin Pryor?) too early in the draft due to this year's relatively weak safety class (i.e. Bucs-Mark Barron). However, at what point would we have drafted a safety? I for one, was a fan of Phillip Thomas, but unfortunately he was sidelined this whole year with an injury. I think that he will come back strong next year, and that he learned from his year off. We could've grabbed him in the 4th round at the expense of Barrett Jones. I believe Jones can be solid, but I would've preferred a ball-hawking safety, which is a bigger need IMO. Also I think Thomas and McDonald would've formed a very formidable safety tandem.
As you know... The Rams made a trade with the Bills for the number 8 pick and the 71st pick, in exchange for picks 16, 46, 78, and 222. The Rams jump up to get Tavon, while the Bills select EJ Manuel at 16. What if the Rams didn't make this trade though?
Lets say that the Rams stay on the receiver route and at 16 they take.... DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins would be available at 16, and this allows the Rams to keep their 2nd rounder. Hopkins had a productive rookie year, and would fit in well for the Rams. However, he doesn't have the same playmaking ability as Tavon, and he doesn't have the superstar return ability that Tavon possesses. In the 2nd round, we snag Larry Warford. Warford was a guard that the Ram's front office coveted, and Fischer said that he would've drafted him at 30 if Ogeltree would've been picked. Warford had a really good year for the Lions, and he was instrumental (along with Bush of course) in the Lion's improved running game.
You may be asking yourself, if we wouldn't have swapped 3rd rounders with the Bills then we wouldn't have been able to draft McDonald, however, I respectfully disagree. McDonald's pick at 71 was seen by many to be reach, and I definitely think that he would've been available at 78.
After this draft we retain the same players as our draft last year, with Warford and Hopkins replacing Austin. What do you guys think?
Warford and Hopkins or Tavon?