#STLRams players just met with media for final time this season. WR Britt, RT Barksdale and QB Hill all spoke about wanting to return.— Nate Latsch (@NateLatsch) December 29, 2014
And that’s where Mocking the Draft’s 2015 first round may lose some of the Rams’ fan base. For those who are hoping the Rams retain Barksdale in hopes that he’d start opposite Greg Robinson, well...
10. St. Louis Rams: La’el Collins, OT, LSU
Yes, this would mark the second year in a row where the Rams used a top 10 pick on an offensive tackle after picking Greg Robinson at No. 2 in May. He had a shaky rookie season, however, and Collins is the type of player who could give St. Louis options. Collins has shined at left tackle for LSU, has the playing style to succeed on the right side and the pure power to be a guard.
In this scenario, the Rams could have the best pair of offensive tackles in the NFL in a couple of years. In doing so, though, they pass on players of a potentially more dire need. I think it’s fair to assume this mock either a) sees Barksdale playing elsewhere in 2015, or b) has him relegated to backup duties. Neither seem likely, but only time will tell.
Just for reference [and to spare you another click], the five players drafted just beyond the Rams taking La’el Collins 10th overall:
11. Minnesota Vikings: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
12. Cleveland Browns: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
13. New Orleans Saints: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
14. Miami Dolphins: Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
15. San Francisco 49ers: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia