You are the Rams, you were planning all along to trade #2. You had discussions and legitimate interest from the Browns, Jags, Falcons, Vikings leading up to the draft. But in the end, they were all just f@%&ing with you and come draft day they are not calling or picking up their phones.
So there you sit, staring at your draft board...pondering...you have no other choice but to pull the trigger. Who do you take?
Jadeveon Clowney - DE South Carolina 6'5'' 274 lbs
The prolific pass rusher of the draft. You have two studs already. Can you have too much of a good thing? Is he committed to football? Will he be committed to the Rams? He is most likely the top rated player on the board but he might not be your fit and is he that much ahead of someone who is a fit? These are questions running through your mind as your defensive staff is day dreaming about the different looks they can set up and what they can now do with 3 stud pass rushers.
Jake Matthews - OT Texas A&M 6'5'' 305 lbs
You trust in his ability as a blocker on either side of the line. But...is Jake Long healthy and how much longer will he last? Is Barksdale the answer at RT? He will be a FA after the season too. Can Matthews move inside for a season and play the backup OT role as a rookie? Can you spend the #2 overall pick on a guy you are sticking at OG and who may not kick outside for a few years? You want to build the line, that is certainly a priority.
Greg Robinson - OT Auburn 6'5'' 320 lbs
You know he excels at run blocking and that is your game. You know he can handle playing at OG while you polish his pass blocking to become your future replacement for Jake Long. But again you fall back to the same questions you had with Matthews, what does the future hold for Long and Barksdale at OT? Boudreau has given Fisher faith in drafting OL later in the draft and coaching them up, but now he is in your ear, he wants one of these OT's to build around.
Sammy Watkins - Clemson 6'1'' 205 lbs
The ever elusive #1 WR, the Rams can't seem to quench the thirst their fans have for one. Is Watkins that player? You certainly like what he brings to the table, in a vacuum. But you are loaded with young receivers that may just need some room to develop. Is more seed what is needed to make this crop grow? You did just trade up last draft to get, who you thought was, the top WR available. If you do take Watkins, does he just join the crowd looking for the necessary time and coaching to finally be that player? Do you have to cut one of your other budding WRs? Only one of them was not brought in by you.
Johnny Manziel - QB Texas A&M 6'0'' 210 lbs (or sub in any other QB here, Bortles/Bridgewater)
You do believe in Sam and his abilities. But when will be the next time you get a shot at a franchise QB if you don't take it now? You are missing out on trading down this pick for 2015 draft capital. So another mediocre season puts you out of reach of the top guys next year. And can Bradford stay healthy? All of a sudden the public's concerns for his health are starting to weigh on you. Does drafting one of these guys mean the end for Bradford or can you give them a clipboard for a season? What sort of message does this send to the locker room after all of the public support you gave your QB? If you do pick a QB here can you trade Bradford? He has a heck of contract to take on, could you hope to get a 3rd rounder for him? But drafting a new QB gives you a chance to rebrand your franchise, may even buy you a year or two with the fans as you "rebuild". Perhaps Stan even hinted at a move like this to shake things up if such a predicament were to arise...
These are the questions and concerns and in some instances excitement you have running through your head while you watch the clock tick and listen to your coaches and scouts scramble to convince everyone to take their "guy". You hear them talking but you aren't listening, you are only listening for that damn phone to ring. With each second that ticks, the clock's second hand seems to get louder....sweat dripping down your brow while you try to keep your cool. You don't want anyone to think you are rattled, but you are. This is not the way things were supposed to go. You were so confident, just 10 minutes ago you were thinking about the haul you would be offered by waiting until you are on the clock. Certainly Atlanta was going to come back offering everything for Clowney and at a minimum Cleveland would offer an extra 2nd for Manziel.
With the clock under your final minute you fidget with your phone a bit and set it down. As if you just got done sending an email to a pal about next weekends plans. Everyone looks at you and you get up to make the pick.