The draft is in less than two weeks! And I, myself am here to offer you my readers my first mock draft of the St. Louis Rams. This year's draft is, as you've heard, is the deepest and most talented class ever! This bodes well for the Rams who have 12 picks! With their first pick, the number two overall selection, the Rams have been looking for trade options, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest or willingness from other teams to trade for the #2 pick.
Per @AdamSchefter the Rams chances of trading the No. 2 pick are "not as good as the team would like"— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) April 25, 2014
As you can see, the Rams don't seem likely to trade and therefore will be looking at who lands in their lap. It could be Jadeveon Clowney, but there is another defensive prospect the Rams have been "falling in love" with in the recent weeks.
Walter Football also narrowed down the Rams' choices to Sammy Watkins and Kahlil Mack. But recently the Houston Texans have been said to have some interest. Apparently a friend of Rick Smith, Texans' GM, told Peter King that Smith "preferred" Mack over Clowney with the #1 pick. This could mean that the top player on most, if not all, big boards could fall into the Rams' lap. This could increase the trade value at #2, but it still seems unlikely the Rams get good enough value to warrant a trade. For this reason, with the number 2 pick in the first round, the St. Louis Rams select...
Kahlil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Here is the scouting report from NFL.com on the OLB from Buffalo:
A havoc-wreaking rush linebacker with the burst and acceleration to excel as a right defensive end in a "40" front, Mack has demonstrated the instincts, toughness, athletic ability and explosive power to line up at any linebacker position in an even or odd front and factor readily. Is a four-year starter who made an immediate impact upon his arrival and is well primed for the NFL game. Looks every bit the part, comes from a humble, grounded family and offers the full package to become an impact performer in the pros.
The Rams have added another potential superstar to an already good front seven. Mack's versatility will give Gregg Williams and the Rams a play maker and chess piece to move around the defense.
I believe that the Rams are more likely to trade the 13th pick more so than the 2nd. A team will be looking to move up to grab the last top tackle, dip in the safety class, or for wide receiver Mike Evans. But for the sake of this mock the Rams will not be trading up or down. Some obvious options for the Rams at this pick would be Taylor Lewan, Haha Clinton-Dix, Mike Evans, or insert top CB here, but I am going to go a different route. With the 13th pick in the NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select...
Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
Here is CBS Sports with Martin's scouting report:
Martin lined up at both guard and tackle at the Senior Bowl and routinely stymied the competition with quickness, power and overall technique. Though Martin lacks the prototypical size of a modern NFL tackle, he has exhibited impressive technique and better-than-average strength, and after a strong Senior Bowl showing, many scouts believe he could not only play on the outside at the next level, but could do so very well. He's instinctive, tough and technically sound despite lacking elite athleticism, and his biggest appeal to NFL scouts may be his versatility as many believe he could step in and succeed either at tackle or guard, as a pro.
Again the Rams go with a player with versatility. Martin may not be the top offensive tackle in the draft or the best offensive guard in the draft, but Zack Martin offers the ability to play all over the OL and play it at a high level. Martin and Saffold can compete to start at LT until Jake Long comes back, and then move Martin/Saffold to guard for a stout Oline.
There ya have it! Throwing a curve ball from the usual suspects. Feel free to tell me what you think and would you be fine with the Rams taking these two?