I always laugh at the mock drafts that have us picking a tackle in the first round, especially at #2 overall. So I was wondering, does any fan here actually believe that we need to nab a tackle in the first round? If so, I'd love to hear your side of the story, because I see no reason why we'd need one. Sure, Long tore his ACL and all, but there is a real chance that he could be back for Week 1 next season. Even if he couldn't be, using a top 15 pick (possibly a #2 overall) on someone who is just filling in a few weeks for an injured Pro-Bowl caliber player is a terrible idea. We have much more pressing needs than a stop-gap offensive tackle.
Maybe it has something to do with Saffold probably leaving in Free Agency? If that is the case, I have two problems with this logic too:
1. Joe Barksdale played pretty darn good for Roger when he was at guard.
2. Spending a high first round selection on a right tackle is not a smart move. A solid right tackle can be found in the later rounds of a draft, and (as stated above) there are more pressing needs which make drafting a first round right tackle out of the question.
Drafting tackle for depth is a completely different story. If the Rams trade picks and get multiple second rounders, I wouldn't be mad at all if they nab a tackle in the second round. I'd be happy with a tackle in any round except the first. We have too many needs on this team to draft tackle depth in the first round. Maybe I am wrong, but I really don't think I am. Thoughts?