I couldn't resist yet another mock. This one was on the new and improved version at first-pick.com which makes trades less lucrative than before and also caps the overall number of picks you can obtain. It does make things a bit more realistic than the previous version of the game. Anyway, on to the picks...
This is how the 1st round went down.
Entire 1st Round:
#1 - Texans - Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
#2 - Falcons (from Rams via Redskins) - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
#3 - Jaguars - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
#4 - Browns - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
#5 - Raiders - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
#6 - Rams (from Falcons) - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
#7 - Buccaneers - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
#8 - Vikings - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
#9 - Bills - Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
#10 - Lions - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
#11 - Titans - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
#12 - Giants - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
#13 - Rams - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
#14 - Bears - Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
#15 - Steelers - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
#16 - Cowboys - Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
#17 - Browns (from Ravens) - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
#18 - 49ers (from Jets) - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
#19 - Chargers (from Dolphins) - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
#20 - Cardinals - C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
#21 - Saints (from Packers) - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
#22 - Eagles - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
#23 - Chiefs - Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
#24 - Bengals - Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
#25 - Panthers (from Dolphins via Chargers) - Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame
#26 - Broncos (from Ravens via Browns via Colts) Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
#27 - Packers (from Saints) - Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
#28 - Dolphins (from Panthers) - Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA
#29 - Raiders (from Patriots) - Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California
#30 - Jets (from 49ers) - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
#31 - Ravens (from Broncos) - Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
#32 - Jets (from Seahawks) - Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn
Before I list my picks for the Rams in their entirety, I'll explain the three trades I made:
As we all know, the Rams currently have 12 picks heading into the draft: #2, #13, #44, #75, #110, #153, #188, #214 (comp), #226, #241, #249 (comp), and #250 (comp). Three picks in the first 2 rounds. Nice position to be in.
1. At pick #2, the Falcons offered me pick #6 (1st round), pick #37 (2nd round), and pick #68 (3rd round) to move up. I accepted, and thus gained another 2nd round pick, and an extra 3rd round pick in this draft. With Clowney available, the Falcons jumped to get him in this simulation.
2. At pick #44 (2nd round), the Colts offered me pick #59 (2nd round) and pick #90 (3rd round) to move up. I accepted, and gained another 3rd round pick in this draft.
3. With the Jets on the clock at pick #49, and the Safety I want sitting there, I offered the Jets pick #68 (3rd round), #90 (3rd round), #188 (6th round), #226 (7th round), and #241 (7th round) to move up. They accepted, thus I traded away the two 3rd round picks I gained along with a 6th and two 7th rounders.
So after all the trades my picks looked like this: #6, #13, #37, #49, #59, #75, #110, #153, #214 (comp), #249 (comp), and #250 (comp). I ended up with eleven picks in total, with 5 picks in the first two rounds (the two 1st rounders and three 2nd rounders), plus I got to keep my original 3rd, 4th, and 5th round picks. I would be thrilled if the Rams could do this on draft day.
OK, now on to my picks:
Rd 1, pick #6 - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. Evans will bring to the Rams what Brian Quick is/was supposed to bring. Better hands than Quick will ever have. Doesn't play as fast as his 40 time would indicate, but the Rams have plenty of little fast guys - that role is well-stocked on the roster. He provides the big, sure-handed red zone/downfield target the Rams have been sorely lacking.
Rd 1, pick #13 - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh. The best DT in the draft, and by far the best interior pass rusher in the draft. Donald provides youth, rotational depth, and a pass rush presence for the interior of a stellar D-line. You can never have enough pass rushers.
Rd 2, pick #37 - David Yankey, OG, Stanford. A good fit for the Rams power running scheme. Tough guy that finishes his blocks with nasty intentions. Great football IQ. Better run blocker than pass blocker. Can be a long-term starter on an improving O-line. The O-line gets a much-needed infusion of young talent.
Rd 2, pick #49 - Deone Bucannon, S, Washington St. He's long and fast enough to match up with TE's, has the range to play a centerfielder type role, has really good ball skills, and is excellent in run support. Good match with TJ McDonald.
Rd 2, pick #59 - Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, Washington. ASJ is a vastly superior blocker to Cook, and a better receiving option than Kendricks, who probably won't be back in 2015 anyway. Fluid athlete with good hands. Killer combo with him and Cook on the field.
Rd 3, pick #75 - Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson. This kid has good size and length, and does a good job of using that length to disrupt release in press technique (which is what he is best suited to play). He shows good range, anticipation, and awareness, and he's solid in run support.
Rd 4, pick #110 - Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU. He's a downhill, between the tackles type of runner, which makes him a perfect fit for our power-run offense. I just read that he never lost a fumble in 371 career touches at LSU. He's not going to out-run anybody, or bounce a lot of stuff to the outside, but he's a big kid (only 21) that runs hard and finishes his runs with bad intentions. In our division you need to be able to pound the rock, and a combo of Stacy, Cunningham, and Hill will wear down opposing defenses.
Rd 5, pick #153 - James Hurst, OT, North Carolina. Should be given a look at RT initially, but most likely will end up at Guard in the NFL. Average size with the dreaded "less than ideal arm length" stigma attached to him. Better at run blocking than pass pro (where have we heard that before?) but he is light on his feet and has lateral ability. At a minimum he's another young, versatile player to bolster O-line depth.
Rd 6, pick #214 - Charles Leno, OT, Boise State. Not a real physical player at this point, but he shows good balance and mobility, has long arms, quick feet, shows good lateral movement, and is technically sound in pass pro. He has experience at both RT and LT (1 year at RT, last 2 years at LT) and was a leader on the Boise State O-line. Put him in the weight room with Rock Gullickson and let him work with Paul Boudreau for a bit and this guy could be a real find.
Rd 7, pick #249 - Andrew Jackson, LB, Western Kentucky. A star in the Sun Belt, he was a tackling machine in his college career. Solidly built at 6' and 255 lbs., he's both a big-hitter and a solid tackler. Stout dude that can hold his ground and shed blockers. Not great in space but takes good angles and knows how to play the position.
Rd 7, pick #250 - Aaron Lynch, DE, USF. Questionable attitude, hustle, motivation, and dedication causes him to fall this far. I have read that multiple NFL scouts have voiced their concerns regarding his mental makeup, football character, true commitment to the game, self-discipline and maturity level. I read that he was actually thrown out of one teams' interview for lying! But he has prototypical size for the position, and tons of natural talent that could make him a star if he ever puts it all together. Definitely worth the low risk here.
Thanks for reading and I'm curious to see what you guys think about this draft scenario.