This mock draft is a continuation of my article Sam Bradford Haters and Lovers Unite! Sam May be the Lynch Pin in the Rams Greatest Draft Ever! In addition I added in the Rams most probable Supplemental (non tradable) Draft picks and one 7th round pick we got from the Colts for Josh Gordy. Posted underneath my mock draft you can read about the trades I made and the players I picked.
Trading strategy: Rams trade 2 to Jags for 1 and 2nd round...Rams trade 3 to Cleveland for two #1's and 2nd.
Rams trade 4 to Oak for 1 and 2nd round...Rams trade 5 to Falcons for 1st and 2nd round.
Rams trade one 5th, one 6th and two 7th round picks for 1 4th round pick. Can't trade supplemental picks.
As I said in my earlier article, this would a best case scenario trade and draft bonanza. Yet none of these trades surpass the RG3 trade in value. It's incremental move ups that accumulate a treasure trove of 2nd round picks. If you view each trade singularly, you will see that this is not as preposterous as it looks at first glance. All explanations are at the bottom of this article.
6 WR Sammy Watkins 6-1 200 4.40
13 CB Justin Gilbert 6-0 194 4.47
26 DT Louis Nix 6-3 340 5.55
35 OT Antonio Richardson Tennessee 6-6 332 5.31
36 RB KaDeem Carrey Arizona 5-10 196 4.53
37 G Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA 6-5 315 5.10
38. G. Gabe Jackson Mississippi State 6-4 340 5.33
45 S Dion Bailey USC 6-0 210 4.6
77 OLB Carl Bradford Arizona state 6'1 243 4.68
109 CB Keith McGill Utah 6-3 214 4.54
113 QB Jimmy Garoppolo 6-3 222 4.73
S 6 DE Jackson Jeffcoat 6-5 245 4.70
S7 FB Jay Prosch 6-0 260 4.85
S7 TE Jordan Najvar Baylor 6-6 255 4.67
S7 S Kenny Ladler Vanderbuilt 6-0 205 4.58
As of today's Walters Draft ratings, all these players can be selected in the range I picked them. I drafted the Walters Draft site's top rated #1 WR, CB, DT, RB, and Guard! I figure I selected 4-7 first year starters. These include WR Sammy Watkins, Guard Gabe Jackson and Guard Xavier Su'a Filo, CB Justin Gilbert, S Dion Bailey, and I feel Louis Nix would rotate in with Langford and Brockers.
I think OT Antonio Richardson could challenge Barksdale, and at the very least be a great backup OT.
With all those 2nd round picks, I had to pick the best RB in the draft KaDeem Carrey. He will add another dimension to our running back stable. I picked the 2nd highest rated fullback in the draft. If the Rams are going to run more power sets I want a monster blocker to lead the way for Stacy and 260 lbs Jay Prosch is that man, and he's a great special teamer.
I believe OLB Carl Bradford could start by year two at Dunbars position. He's ferocious against the run. I specifically drafted OLB Carl Bradford and DT Louis Nix to give us more run stopping ability.
I selected 2 safeties and 2 cornerbacks to correct Rams passing deficiencies. At 6-3 CB Keith McGill is a long CB in the Seahawk mode. He can also play free safety. I took no chances with the CB's and Safeties. I want a bad ass Defensive backfield to go with our ferocious front seven.
I really like Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He had the 2nd best Senior Bowl (next to Carr) Jimmy is well liked by his teammates and hangs out with his offensive linemen. He's a leader, he interviews well, and I think he could be great someday. I live in Texas, so I saw a lot of DE Jeffcoat. He's undersized, but I was very impressed with his motor. Some scouts think he could make a transition to OLB. I like his attitude. I'm big on attitude. I want every player I have to play chippy and love football. The kind of men who live to play football.
As I said earlier this is a continuation of an article I wrote last week. If you wish to understand my reasoning on WHY Rams and trading partners would make these trades, my strategy is outlined below.
As many of you know Les Snead has let it be known that the Rams #2 is for sale. Some of us (me included) thought it was unwise of Les to go on record saying such a thing. But then I thought Les must have a good reason to say #2 is for sale. Les Snead is smart.
The second variable in this discussion are Quarterback needy teams. Teams like Houston, Jacksonville, Oakland, Cleveland and Minnesota. 5 Quarterback needy teams within the first 8 picks of the Draft. Right?
Yet there are only 3 quarterbacks at this point, who are likely to go within the first 8 picks. There aren't enough quarterbacks to go around.
The Joker in the deck is Jadeveon Clowney. But wait! Defensive End is the Rams strength. Our double Aces. And Sam Bradford is the King of Club!
Houston's owner says he loves Jadeveon Clowney. Why did the owner wax poetically over Clowney? Because he's blowing a smoke screen and he's afraid our Les Snead out trade him. And for good reason!
We can afford to ask for less than Houston! The infamous draft value chart makes Houston's pick 400 more points than ours. That's equivalent to a mid range second round pick! Let Houston be Macy's. We will be Walmart! That means we have more suitors than Houston. It takes Jacksonville #3 pick a total of 800 draft points to move up to Houston's pick. The other teams know the Rams won't draft a QB, and we are loaded at DE. They also know that Houston needs a QB and could draft Clowney. That works to our advantage. Here's how!
No matter what happens with Houston's pick, Les Snead can undercut Houston like Walmart undercut's Macy's. Houston knows it. Les Sneed knows it, and everybody drafting in the top 8 knows it. And deal Houston makes, Les can beat! Les Snead can afford to force Houston to use their #1 pick. Any team that would deal with Houston will deal with Les Snead. And Les Snead is smart enough to discount and undercut Houston on the FIRST trade back. And then for all intents and purposes the number #1 pick belongs to the Rams, and we don't need a QB or Clowney. We don't need no stinking badges!
The best case scenario for the Rams is for Houston to pick Teddy Bridgewater with their first pick. That leaves Cleveland, Jacksonville, Oakland, and Minnesota lusting for Manziel and Bortles. Tampa Bay and Atlanta would love to pick Clowney. All six teams behind us want our pick.
By undercutting Houston Les Snead can control the next several picks. Houston will be forced to use their number 1 pick. I live down in Texas. Houston fans burn Matt Shaub's Jerseys. There are billboards in Houston begging the owner to draft Manziel. I hope Houston uses the choice on Bridgewater. Because Manzeil is more valuable to Cleveland and Jacksonville. Why? Manziel is the most exciting player in college football, and so Cleveland and Jacksonville will not only get a possible franchise QB, but they sell more tickets, and whomever drafts Manziel is sure to get a Monday or Thursday night game too. Would the average football fan be more likely watching a Thursday night game with Bridgewater or Manziel quarterbacking Jacksonville?
Given anything short of an RG3 treasure trove by Cleveland or Minnesota, the Rams should trade with Jacksonville. Less means more later. Now Cleveland is afraid Minnesota will jump over them for Bortles. And Atlanta and Tampa Bay want Clowne. Les wants to trade with Clevelands 4', because the Rams end up with the next pick again! More extra draft picks.
Next Les Snead pits Oakland, Atlanta, Minnesota in a Bidding war for pick 4. The best trading partner is- You guessed it Oakland! And if Oakland picked Bortles, how cool would that be? More extra picks.
Now the Rams have the 5th pick. Minnesota drops out of the Bidding. But Atlanta , Tampa Bay, and maybe a surprise team jumps into another bidding war to grab Clowney! Les takes the best deal, for more draft picks, and,
If Les wants to the Rams can select either Sammy Watkins, Robinson, Barr, Mack, or Mathews at 6. Or he can attempt to trade back again. But that another story, cliffhanger, or sequel. I think you get the general idea by now Ram Fans.
I admit the scenario above is a best case scenario. I know it's a long shot. What would you do if you were Snead? Would you play Walmart to Houstons Macy's? Would you attempt to trade back incrementally down the draft? Or would you satisfied after 1 trade?
I'm sure it's crossed Les Snead's mind. Can you imagine? NFL draft trade history! Lighting strikes twice, thrice! All Snead has to do is take less from Jacksonville on the first trade back to force Houston to use their pick.
Some of you might say the other teams involved would never let the Rams get away with such scenario! Greed and fear are the main motivating factors and emotions when it comes to the NFL draft. Not revenge or spite! Houston is the only team with an agenda to thwart the Rams. And the Rams hold the high cards. After the first two trades, a team like Oakland might be amazed at what Snead and the Rams just did, but that won't stop them from being afraid that Minnesota won't leap over them for a quarterback.