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2014 NFL Draft: A closer look at the Rams' options

The Rams have two first-round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. What are the team's options at both picks?

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Is It to early too have draft talk? Naw homie, it is never too premature to have a healthy draft discussion. Thanks to the meltdown over in DC, the St. Louis Rams are once again the owners of the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. And just for shits laughs n' giggles, the Rams are also slotted to pick another player at No. 13.

As a primer, lets see how we got here:

About two years ago now, newly hired Rams GM, Les Snead, held the second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Snead traded said No. 2 pick to the Washington Redskins in exchange for their sixth overall, a 2nd rounder, and two extra first rounders in the coming years drafts.

Writer's Note: I know there were many subsequent trades following the initial trade, but for this article's sake, they are inconsequential.

With the 2013 draft in the past, this year's draft marks the final year of the Rams receiving payment from the RG III trade.

So with the 2014 Draft process metaphorically around the corner – and the draft waters still murky after the conclusion of the college bowl games + underclassmen declaring – lets discuss the Rams' options at both draft spots.

2014 NFL Draft, NO. 02 Overall Selection


The Rams got rid of the last second overall pick, why wouldn't they get rid of it again. St. Louis received all of Washington's booty last time. One would have to wonder what the rams can get this time around.


Lets get the obvious out of the way here. The Rams will not be picking a quarterback with their first first-rounder. Les Snead said it himself. Whether this is just a ruse by the Rams' front office, who knows. We'll just take his word for it.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Sammy Watkins is a name that has been tossed around as "best wide receiver" for a while. After his performance in the Bowl, 16 catches, 227 receiving yards and two touchdowns, Watkins has rightfully plead his case. The question here is whether the Rams are willing to add another young receiver to a corps already oozing with youth.

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Drafting Matthews can set the Rams' offensive bookends for the foreseeable future. Matthews can anchor the right side of the line for the time being. But where does that leave incumbent, Joe Barksdale? He did more than handle the position during his stint there. Throw in Jake Long's ACL injury, and the plot thickens. The front office says he will be ready for Week 1 action, but that is not guaranteed. Rodger Saffold's looming free agent status and things get a little bit uglier.

Matthews' addition can make lives easier for the Rams. However, should we be discussing Matthews as a top 5 pick when he isn't even the top consensus player at his position? Jeff Fisher has never drafted an offensive lineman in the first round. Would he change his course for THIS lineman?

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney is a freak specimen at defensive end. No question about it. He would be a monster with the Rams, paired up along with Robert Quinn and Chris Long.

The saying goes, you can never have enough pass rushers. Adding Clowney would assure the Rams are abiding by this notion. Given Quinn's recent insane season, the Rams might be smart by adding some insurance in case Black Lightning decides to leave.

2014 NFL Draft, NO. 13 Overall Selection

The rams have oodles of options at this spot as well, depending on what they do with the Redskins' pick. Alabama's safety HaHa Clinton-Dix and Anthony Barr out of UCLA have both been mentioned as a potential picks. Defensive tackle is another position that has been discussed at here.

Rather than hearing reading me babble about other possibilities for this pick, how about I hear from y'all. Let me – and everybody else – know which players you like at No. 13

Have more options for the second overall selection? Hell, throw your two cents out there too!