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Will The Rams "Reach" With The 6th Pick In The NFL Draft?


The St. Louis Rams are in an interesting pickle after their blockbuster trade with the Washington Redskins. The Rams gained additional picks that should help the team build a bright future. However, the trade puts the Rams in a tight spot too, since Justin Blackmon and Matt Kalil will most likely be gone by pick 6.

The Rams have said that they would use best player available (BPA) to select their players. The Rams selecting any top player that falls into their lap would be a smart thing, because most likely that player will earn a starting job sometime this season.

BPA is a tricky thing. For example, one team could have Matt Kalil at number 3 and another team could have him at 10.

The Rams would be doing themselves a disservice if they just focus on the top 6 talents available in the draft. Remember when the Raiders drafted Darrius Hayward Bey over Michael Crabtree? Was it a reach? Hell yeah, but this year Darrius showed up and had more yards than Crabtree, and is probably less of a headache. Just look at the top 10 players that bust for various reasons; causing teams to wish they could re-do those drafts.

Let me clarify: The Rams shouldn't try to go out on a limb and take a chance on, let's say Riley Reiff, if Kalil is still on the board. Now if the players that the Rams are interested are scooped up, why not look for a defensive tackle with upside like Cox or Brockers?

If the Rams really want to get a wide receiver, and Justin Blackmon is their top guy and he's drafted by another team, why can't the Rams decide to draft Michael Floyd? I see Floyd as being ranked too high, so it would make more sense for the Rams to trade down to #8 or lower in the draft if they really want him. This just doesn't make sense to me? If he's up there on the big board and you think he will be a good player, you have to draft him, right?

That doesn't just go for Floyd, but every player in the draft. If the Rams draft a bust it will hurt the franchise, but if the Rams reach and get a solid player it should be fine.

There's also a factor that isn't really talked about, but is important when drafting players. Their contracts are much smaller in contrast to what Sam Bradford and the other first round choices got in 2010.

Yes, I know that even if the Rams reach for a player, there's still a chance that the draft pick will bust. I also know that if the Rams decide to settle on one of the top 6 talents they could be pro bowl players. All I'm saying, is that the draft is a crapshoot, and the Rams should draft a player that will be a good player for years to come.