Alright... take a deep breath. That title was a joke. I didn't want to dull TST members with another post entitled "2014
the city of St. Louis, and the state of Missouri as a whole, so retiring his number is blasphemous. But anyway... onto my
him Left Tackle money and it will be an offer that is too much for him to turn down or the Rams to match. I think that we
will also cut dahl and wells. I believe that we should re-sign Wiliams, as he will provide good depth, and is a, for lack of
a better word, adequate lineman. I also believe that we should cut finnegan due to a combination of his age and his eye
injury. His play not only drastically fell off last year, but in the latter half of his first year in St. Louis his play started to
regress as well. Although I am hopeful that our front office can work out a restructure or paycut with Bradford, I am not
sure of the likelihood of that happening so I will not go into depth about that. I also think we should re-sign Dunbar who
will benefit from familiarity with Williams.
With these cuts, and a potential restructure from Bradford I believe we will clear up some money to add a premier free
agent. I don't want the Rams to go the FA route for offensive line, as I believe success and cohesion is built through the
draft, but I would be on board to add some cheap veteran depth. I think we should target Verner, Byrd, or Mac. A veteran
in the secondary could help expedite the growth of our young DBs, and would help solidify our back end. I think that
Mack will re-sign, and that Byrd will fetch a far heftier price than the Rams are willing to spend on him. My ideal target is
Verner. I think Trumaine Johnson is a great corner, but I prefer him as a nickel corner, and the trio of Verner, JJ, and Tru
would be pretty unstoppable. Couple those 3 with McGee, and a rookie (rounds 3-7) and we suddenly have a very
formidable defensive backfield… well with the exception of a ball-hawking, center fielder for a free safety, but that will
be addressed in my draft.
Onto the draft....
I believe that Jadaveon Clowney is going to tear up the combine and put up unreal numbers. This will launch him into
the #1 pick, and his raw talent and potential will prove to much for the Texans to pass. I know all you Clowney lovers,
myself included, will be disappointed, but Clowney going #1 opens up a lot in terms of trades for the Rams.
I think Manziel will also have a good showing at the combine, and he will be subsequently become the consensus #1
QB. This will create a bidding war between the QB-hungry teams (Jags, Browns, Oakland, Minnesota); with Cleveland
coming out on top. Cleveland will have to give up a king’s ransom: both their first rounders this year plus a 3rd rounder
next year. Idk how this checks out in the trade scale, but I think it would be fairly even. Even if the scale is slightly
skewed in the Rams favor it is not always indicative of fairness due to the fact that GMs draft players not picks.
At #3 the Jaguars select Blake Bortles.
At #4 The Rams…. TRADE the pick to the Jets for a 2nd and 3rd Rounder so they can select Sammy Watkins, helping to
fill the huge void they have at WR.
At #5 the Raiders go BPA and solidify their tackle positions for the long-term with the selection of Greg Robinson.
At #6 the Falcons select Anthony Barr
At #7 the Bucs select Jake Matthews
At #8 the Vikings go Teddy Bridgewater
At #9 Buffalo goes Khalil Mack
At #10 Detroit goes Mike Evans
At #11 Titans lose out on Verner sweepstakes and take Justin Gilbert
At #12 The Giants take CJ mosely
At #13 the Rams take Taylor Lewan
At #18 (Jets Pick) Rams take Rasheed Hageman
At #26 the Rams take Calvin Pryor whose stock falls behind Haha’s after the combine
Onto the second round…
With our pick in the second round the Rams select David Yankey
With the Jets pick we select Austin Sefari- Jenkins
we select with our pick we select Cyril Richardson
And with the Jets pick we pick up Zach Mettenberger.
Honestly I don't know too much about the players in Rounds 4-7, but I would like for us to get another corner, an OLB, and maybe a WR.
This draft leaves us with a vastly improved offensive line and gives us great versatility and depth. Our running game will be improved
immensely, and our team will become the ground-and-pound offense that Fischer has wanted since his arrival. Also the pick of Sefari-
Jenkins gives us 3 dangerous tight ends, and allows us to be very creative with our usage of Cook.. Mettenberger will serve as a
developmental QB, and I believe he has good talent and would be picked much higher if he hadn’t been injured. Our defense will be vastly
improved too. With adding Hageman, Verner, and Pryor we add to what already is the best defensive line in football, and we shore up our
secondary for good. Our roster following this off-season would be.....
QB: Bradford, Mettenberger, Clemens?
RB: Stacy, Cunningham, Richardson, Pead
LT: Jake Long, Lewan
LG: Yankey, Richardson, Williams
C: Barnes, Jones
RG: Barksalde, Richardson, Williams
WR: Givens, Austin, Bailey, Quick, Cook?
TE; Cook, Jenkins, Kendricks, Harkey
RE: Quinn, Hayes
DT: Langford, Hageman
DT: Brockers, Hageman
RE: Long, Hayes
OLB: Dunbar, Ray Ray (4-7 pick)
CB: Verner, JJ, Tru, Mcgee (4th-7th rounder)