There has been a ton of speculation as to what the Rams will do with the 2nd and 13th pick in this years draft. We have an amazing opportunity to re-establish our franchise and turn things around... for the second straight year. I don't know about you, but this situation reminds me a lot of the Seattle Seahawks reconstruction of 2010. They held the 6th &14th spot and capitalized huge - just look where they are now. That could be us. I'm not saying... I'm just saying.
2010 Seahawks 6th Pick - 2014 Rams 2nd Pick
"With the 6th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Russell Okung," Okung is a Pro Bowl tackle who keeps Russell Wilson upright and plows gaping holes for Marshawn Lynch to bulldoze through - Cue Greg Robinson. Bradford finally has a few sufficient weapons on the offensive side of the ball, assembling an elite offensive line would immediately improve the Rams as a whole. Allowing Bradford enough time to complete a pass will help us manage the clock and give our defense enough rest to make plays on the other side of the ball. If you look at Russel Wilson's numbers, you won't be blown away: Middle of the pack in yards, and above average QB rating. The dude just flat out manages the game, which is all made possible by the Hawks ability to run the ball and protect the QB. Adding Robinson to our line seems like a no brainer. Drafting an O-Lineman with the 2nd overall selection isn't the sexiest pick - cough cough Jason Smith - but Robinson is the real deal. He will provide us with instant security, and if that line stays healthy, we will be dominant up front for the first time in my life.
2010 Seahawks 14th Pick - 2014 Rams 13th Pick
"With the 14th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Earl Thomas." Thomas is the mind and heart, while Sherman is the face and banter of that Seattle defense - Cue HaHa Clinton-Dix. Rated 10th overall and number 1 at safety, if he's available you simply cannot pass on him. Clinton-Dix lead the immaculate 'Bama defense his senior year without batting an eye. He is another player that can immediately impact the Rams at a position that severely lacked in 2013. TJ McDonald proved he can be a solid starter, and the addition of Clinton-Dix would solidify the safety positions for a long time. I understand that there is a glaring need for a lock-down CB and number 1 receiver, but taking the "best available" corner or receiver at 13 would be a stretch, especially if Darqueze Denard and Mike Evans are off the board. Evans would be tough to pass on at this spot, but I highly doubt the Rams will be in a position to make that decision. His draft stock has gone too high for him to fall to 13.
The Rams have the foundation for success. We are closer than we have been in 10+ years. It is time to capitalize on the greatest draft and player swap since the Herschel Walker Trade of 1989. Greg Robinson and Haha Clinton-Dix would fill two great needs with surefire talent -- or as surefire as you can get in the NFL Draft -- and strengthen two necessary positions for the NFC West.