Teams and pundits have shuffled their draft boards after the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. As a result, a slew of round two mock drafts have popped up across the web today. Which direction to the second round mock drafts have the St. Louis Rams heading, offense or defense? After last night's pick of DE Robert Quinn, it's hard to ignore the need for offensive playmakers. They could also use a defensive tackle, and the second round has several options there too.
SBNation's second round mock draft predicts the Rams taking Boise State WR Titus Young. Comparisons to DeSean Jackson, i.e. the guy the Rams passed up to draft Donnie Avery in 2008, make this an awfully attractive pick. I still doubt it will happen.
North Carolina WR Greg Little is the first player off the board in SBN's round two mock draft, followed by Kyle Rudolph. I'd love to see the Rams be in the mix for either of those players, but will they drop that far in the second round?
Rob Rang's round two mock draft starts off with DE Jabaal Sheard, probably the best player available at this point. Many thought he's be a first-round pick. Rang has the Rams picking Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph, which is highly plausible if he falls that far. Cleveland stops the slide for Da'Quan Bowers with the 37th pick. Leshoure gets drafted by Washington at #41, making sure they get to steal one of the Rams' top picks since Julio Jones wasn't available for them last night.
Chad Reuter's round two mock draft has Da'Quan Bowers as the first player off the board, followed by Akeem Ayers. Ayers would most certainly be in the mix for the Rams if he's there when they pick, but he won't be. He has the Rams taking OLB Bruce Carter.
Other than Ayers, a big if with the 47th pick, the Rams will not draft an OLB in the second round. Spagnuolo and his staff hew to the idea of picking 4-3 OLBs later in the draft (though I think they'll find one in FA) for value.