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.