With the NFL offseason offically underway, ive started to really assess where I think the Rams should focus the top part of their draft towards. My stance has shifted with the newly hired (or rehired) Greg Williams. I say we let our young offense develop, and focus on creating the best defense in the league. In my opinion we are only a few pieces away, in addition to adding some depth. In this scenario i'm avoiding trading the 2nd overall pick, because at this point it's hard to see what we can get out of it, or who we would trade with. Unless we get somewhere close to the RG3 bounty, or at least a deal we can't pass up, i say we stay put and take the BPA.
Round 1 (2)-Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina
This man is too good of a player that it is impossible to pass up, unless we see a trade we can't turn down. I know people think that we can't have Long, Quinn, and Clowney, but the fact is Fisher and Williams will figure out how to have the best people out on the field as much as possible. We already do some 3 DE looks anyways,and with Clowney we can do it a lot more. I was not sold on him at the beginning but he is just a freak, and you can't have too many freaks or pass rushers on your team. I know he is a player many people are either for or against on here, so just know im ok with trading the pick, but only for the right trade. If we keep this pick, we have to go Clowney. There will be another Watkins and Matthews, but Clowney is a caliber player of a different breed.
Round 1 (13)-Calvin Pryor S, Louisville
First off, i really don't like this guy's analysis, but it is the best set of Pryor highlights I can find. Calvin Pryor needs to be the Rams starting FS. This dude is a ballhawk and can lay ferocious hits that will make him a favorite of Greg Williams. We need a player of this caliber, and just like Clowney I see his hit power and speed and cant help but think of the damgage these two can do from day one in a Greg Williams "punch them in the mouth" style of football. He needs to work on tackling and wrapping up, but the upside to this guy is off the charts. He reminds me a lot of Earl Thomas, and we all know the kind of things Earl Thomas can do. With Pryor and McDonald, we will finally have a respecatble safety duo that will make opposing QB's think twice about trying the rams deep. This is the first step towards our own legion of boom. The next step is drafting this guy in the second round.
Round 2 (44)-Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB, Nebraska
This guy is a big physical CB, that at 6'3'' would add great size to our current CB depth, with only Trumaine Johnson being close in size. As we have seen in Seattle, these big athletic CB's create nightmares for opposing receiver's. He's a big hitter, and would again fit with the hard hitting culture that Greg Williams will spread during training camp. Although i prefer Gilbert at CB there is no way he falls out of the 1st round. The more i watch of this guy, the more I want to see him in horns.
Now I know we have other areas that need to be addressed besides defense, but there are just too many great defensive players in the first 2 rounds. I also wouldnt mind going DT with pick 44, but i feel like my top two DT (Hagemann, Donald) will be gone by then, and Pryor is too much of a must need. In the 3rd and 4th round i think Rams go offensive line because of the obvious need there. I like picking O-Line here only because i'm confident that Paul can coach these guys up and have them ready to plug into our starting line up. There is still the re-signing of Rodger Saffold that could play a big role in who and when they draft for the O-Line. I also wouldn't mind a backup QB in this area of the draft as well to get a serviceable QB in the event we lose Bradford again. In terms of skill offensive players, i think the rams can find some quality player later in the draft like we did with Zac Stacy last year. Defense is the big priority in my opinion. Fisher wants a strong aggressive Defense and an Offense that pounds the football and controls the clock. If we can run effectively it will open up the passing game and play action that Bradford did not have prior to his injury last year. If you remember he was on pace for his best season ever without the help of a running game. If Stacy can put up the kind of numbers he did last year, look for Bradford and his receivers to play better, and with a top ten unit defense, the 2014 Rams can win a lot of games.