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Complete Round by Round Selections for the Rams in the 2014 Draft

This mock draft was taken from a blog that I just started. If you want to check that out, then you can here: http://jrmizzou14.sportsblog.com/.

Round 1, Pick 2 (from Washington):

TRADE -- No Pick

Thanks to the Washington Redskins for tanking this season, the Rams will have the pleasure of picking at number two overall..... or will they? The only viable option for the front office here is to TRADE THE PICK! I know everyone is saying, "Take Clowney!" while the experts are saying to pick Jake Matthews from Texas A&M. However, both would be incredibly stupid with the prospects they could get from trading it. The Rams drafting Clowney would be like the Colts taking a QB in the first round. Robert Quinn is coming off his best season and he's only 24 years old while Chris Long is a seasoned veteran, at the age of 28, and is locked up through 2016. They have no need for a DE and Matthews will be still available after the first five teams. The Falcons NEED and WANT Clowney, so the Rams make a trade for the Falcons 6th overall pick in this year's draft, their 3rd round selection this year and their first round pick in 2015.

Round 1, Pick 6:

Jake Matthews -- OT, Texas A&M

This selection is pretty easy. The Rams' left tackle Jake Long went down on Dec. 22 with a torn ACL and likely won't be ready for the season opener and Rodger Saffold, the team's right tackle, may not be back next year because of free agency. Although Barksdale did a good job at filling a reserve tackle role when needed, the Rams need someone going forward and that person is Matthews.

Round 1, Pick 13:

Mike Evans -- WR, Texas A&M

The Rams turn heads by taking a pair of Aggies in the first round. Year after year the Rams take a gamble on young receivers in the draft and most turn out to be a disappointment. The Brian Quick experiment has been a bust, Chris Givens had zero touchdowns in 2013 and while I believe that Tavon Austin will be a star in the future, he simply cannot be relied upon to stay healthy. Plus who is the Rams' go to target in the redzone aside from Jared Cook or another tight end such as Harkey or Kendricks? Evans will add strength and physicality to the Rams receiving corps. Show me a secondary in this league that will have the courage to muster the strength of Evans and Cook with the speed of Austin and Bailey. No? That's what I thought.

Round 2, Pick 12:

Deone Bucannon -- S, Washington State

For the most part, the Rams' defense is complete except for an aging Cortland Finnegan and below average free safeties Rodney McLeod and Darian Stewart. Bucannon solves that free safety problem. With a glance at his highlight reel one can tell that he hits like a linebacker and moves like a wide receiver. He can provide the Rams with a complete package at safety with his pass coverage and run-stopping abilities.

Round 3, Pick 4 (from Atlanta):

Yarwin Smallwood -- ILB, Connecticut

Aside from James Laurinaitis, the Rams have zero middle/inside linebackers and that is where Smallwood comes into play. Many draft experts rate him as the second best ILB in the draft behind Alabama's C.J. Mosely, but with so much other talent available in the draft it is likely that he will fall to the late second or early third round. Smallwood stands at a stocky 6'3" and 235 pounds and has a nose for the ball as he finished 22nd in the nation in tackles with 118, so he could provide James with some rest on those long defensive stands.

Round 3, Pick 11:

Dakota Dozier -- OG, Furman

After adding missing links to their defense with the last two picks, the Rams decide to add more depth to their offensive line by adding a speedy Dozier. Dozier flew under most people's radar because he played tackle and only weighs 312 pounds, but surprised scouts when he made the transition to guard at the Senior Bowl and played excellent. Rams' right guard Harvey Dahl seems to be injured when the team needs him most, only starting nine games this season. Dozier can come in and start right away or play a reserve role like Shelley Smith has done in the past.

Round 4, Pick 10:

E.J. Gaines -- CB, Missouri

This may be wishful thinking, as I am a soon-to-be Mizzou alum, but this pick makes perfect sense barring he is left when the Rams' are on the clock in the fourth round. As I said before, Cortland Finnegan is aging and may not start next season. St. Louis lacks a true coverage corner, as Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson are ball hawks, and Gaines fits that role perfectly. He led Mizzou with 5 interceptions this season and even held Mike Evans to four receptions and eight yards receiving when he was clearly undersized. Sounds like he's just what the Rams need.

Round 5, Pick 13:

Connor Shaw -- QB, South Carolina

Whoa! No one saw this coming did they? Well the move makes perfect sense for the Rams. They have covered needs throughout the draft and can pick up a tough and mobile quarterback in Connor Shaw in the fifth round. Throughout his career at South Carolina he showed his toughness by battling through injuries to continue to lead his team on the ground and through the air. Although he is tough, Shaw has a history of nagging injuries, but drafting him this late can give the Rams leverage to work out a cheap contract for what could be a future franchise quarterback. The organization says they are committed to Sam Bradford, but with an UNAPPEALING TRACK RECORD the fans are ready to move on and Shaw just may be the answer.

Round 6, Pick 12:

Rajion Neal -- RB, Tennesee

To put it plain and simple, Isaiah Pead is a bust and Dayrl Richardson showed his true colors last season, that he isn't an NFL running back. Zac Stacy is clearly the man heading forward, but Neal adds a nice burst of speed for screen plays and options when Stacy isn't in and Cunningham isn't in on short yardage situations.

Round 7, Pick 11:

Jonathan Brown -- OLB, Illinois

The Rams are pretty set at outside linebacker with Alec Ogletree having a breakout rookie season, veteran Jo-Lonn Dunbar on the other side and Will Witherspoon providing solid reps off the bench, but both could play somewhere else next season as they are free agents. Experts are predicting Brown to fall to the last round, but I believe he will impress at the combine and move up the ladder, so getting him here would be huge for the Rams. Brown finished second in the Big 10 in tackles with 119 and third in the Big 10 in tackles for loss with 15, so just like Smallwood he has a nose for the ball and could make an impact immediately.

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