Hello again, TurfShowTimers. It's been a couple of weeks since I posted my second mock draft of the off season. Now, I'd like to give you my third and final mock. I tried to be different with each one (which was the point of doing multiple mocks) to see how the outcome would be received. If you haven't seen or heard of my last mock, just know that Watkins, Mack, Clinton-Dix and Pryor have all been previously selected in the first round, and therefore, will be EXCLUDED from this final mock. So here we go. No pictures...my iPad gets fits when I attempt to.
Pick 1.2: Greg Robinson, OT - The Rams stay put at number two and draft the linemen of the future. Plenty of people, including myself, have previously said that Long will eventually come back and Barrett Jones will move to guard. This is a wasted pick...so on and so forth. However, with Jones still being a question mark, Jake Long coming back from his Andrew Bynum surgery and with the oft injured Saffold at RG, not only will this be insurance and depth, but Robinson could possibly overthrow anyone we have starting as of now.
Pick 1.13: TRADED - We trade this pick to the fucking Patriots. Yes, the fucking Spy Gate-triots. Why? Win-win scenario for both teams. Patriots draft their Hernandez replacement in Eric Ebron, and the Rams grab their 29th, their second pick and for shit sake, an early mid-rounder for next year's draft.
Pick 1.29: Jason Verrett, CB - With Dennard and Gilbert gone way before this pick, Verrett is possibly the next best corner. A case could be made about Fuller or Roby, but Verrett is that speedy and highly aware corner that could easily step into the slot. That's right...no more relying on poor Rodney McLeod to cover people twice as fast as him. Verrett would take over the roll that Fisher had previously wanted Finnegan to handle. Verrett has age, speed and no apparent "eye problem" to take him out of that roll. NOTE: I'm perfectly fine with Roby this spot as well. It all depends on preference.
Pick 2.44: Jimmie Ward, SS - Rams need a safety and this guy fits the mold of what Williams/Fisher likes to work with. He can drop in coverage and has shown a knack for hawking, and he can also play in the box.
Pick 2.62: Jordan Matthews, WR - What? Another receiver? Well, yeah. Matthews is essentially a taller version of Stedman Bailey. Wouldn't it be nice to have more than one pure route runner with reliable hands?
Pick 3.75: Deone Bucannon, SS - While his draft stock has taken some hits within the last couple of weeks, the desire of Rams fans across the nation has not. The Rams are extremely thin at safety and much like Ward, Bucannon is a very versitile player. If this scenario pans out, this could end up forming one of the best safety rotations in the league. Fuck you Seattle.
Pick 4.110: Zach Mettenberger, QB: We need some depth at the QB position in case Bradford catches another fade. The former LSU standout would be an excellent selection.
Pick 5.153: Trai Turner, OG: This is pure guard depth. Ironically, he comes after the man he tried to keep up during their respective LSU tenures. Turner is a more watered down Robinson: a beast in the run game, but unlike Robinson who is so-so against the pass, Turner...for lack of a better term, sucks ass. We have the staff that can coach that up.
Pick 6.188: Anton Exum, CB: This could be a possible steal. Exum's stock took a nose dive after injury and regressive play. However, if he can regain his consistency, we could be looking at another late round bloomer for the Snead campaign.
Pick 6.214: De'Anthony Thomas, RB: With Stacy and Cunningham being the shifty power backs, Thomas would bring that speed to the backfield. Just the very thought of him and Tavon on the field at once would be enough to drive defensive coordinators crazy.
Pick 7.226: Jay Bromley, DT: Project pick with high upside to provide defensive line depth.
Pick 7.241: Trey Millard, FB: I love Cory Harkey and think he plays nicely in this offense. Still, there's no reason to not replace Mike McNeil, who the Rams originally had in mind to play the FB/TE hybrid.
Pick 7.249: Jeremiah Georgr, MLB: Depth at the LB core. Could provide special teams help.
Pick 7.250: L'Damien Washington, WR: Low risk, high reward. Living in Missouri, I saw plenty of games this guy had big plays in. Despite playing in a simple Mizzou offense, his speed and length could earn him a spot on the final roster on special teams...hell, might even fight for a spot on the receiving rotation.
There it is.