Mel Kiper, Todd McShay mock drafts has Rams double dipping on offensive linemen

Dilip Vishwanat

The smoke has finally cleared from the Johnny Manziel rumors. So who do ESPN's draft gurus think the Rams will take instead?

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay turned in their final 2014 NFL mock drafts. This exciting moment is a touchstone for us as a people, the chance to genuflect on ... okay, let's just get this over with, mmm kay?

First, the Kiper.

No. 2 Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Analysis: This is another trade-down possibility. But if they stay, I think Robinson fits a pretty good balance equation of major talent and major need, and he's a player the Rams have been impressed with when they brought him in. He has the upside of an All-Pro tackle. He has work to do, particularly as he becomes comfortable as a pass protector, but Robinson has the talent and the frame to be special there. The Rams could pass on a need at wide receiver here and still get a good one into Day 3.

No. 13 HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Analysis: I think wide receiver could be a consideration here, but again, that's a deep position in this draft, and given a very clear need at free safety, it would be hard to pass on Clinton-Dix, who will come in ready to be paired at safety with a healthy T.J. McDonald. He gives them added range and the ability to cover in a division where you need safeties with good instincts who can track QBs looking to extend plays.

And now the other guy, McShay.

No. 2 Greg Robinson

Analysis: I'm not buying the Rams' supposed interest in Johnny Manziel at the No. 2 spot; I think that they might just be looking for a team to swap picks so they can move down a few spots and still get the tackle they need. But if they stay put I think Robinson will be the choice here. Sammy Watkins would be tempting, given their need for a true No. 1 receiver, but they have to upgrade their offensive line and Robinson is the top-ranked tackle on my board. He is dominant at the point of attack and has the natural athleticism to develop into a very good pass protector.

No. 13 Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame

Analysis: This might seem far-fetched given that in this scenario the Rams have already selected Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson at No. 2 overall, but Martin is a really good value pick, and by taking both they'd be solidifying their offensive line for years to come with the most physically dominant O-lineman in this draft class (Robinson) and most NFL-ready lineman (Martin). They could potentially play either one at guard as a rookie with the other playing tackle.

Well, I just don't know about that. You can make the case for need, but doubling up on linemen in the first round? A real Jeff Fisher draft would have a defensive tackle and a cornerback in the first round.

But, hey, no more Manziel talk, so that's something. Now the Rams can get back to their exciting brand of mostly anonymous football.

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