The Top 10
1. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (1)
Blackmon remains my top choice for the Rams. However, given his choice not to run at the Combine, the final evaluation for Blackmon won’t be made until his Pro Day. If he can run a 4.55 or better, he’ll likely stay at my top spot.
2. Matt Kalil, OT, USC (2)
If there any question that Kalil is the top OT in this draft, those questions no longer exist. His weight was up to 306, and he was still the fastest OT at the Combine.
3. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU (3)
Claiborne is a real option for the Rams if the move down in Round 1. He would fill a need and likely start from day 1.
4. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (4)
Richardson didn’t do much at the Combine, but there’s no reason to downgrade him at this point. It would be a surprise to see the Rams take a RB in the early first round, but a trade could result in Richardson being the BPA when the Rams make their first choice.
5. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama (8)
Given his solid Combine performance, and the dropping of charges stemming from his marijuana arrest, I’m putting Kirkpatrick back where he belongs from a skill standpoint.
6. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford (5)
Martin didn’t work out at the Combine, but he sure looks the part at 6’5, 312 lbs. I’ve heard some suggest he lacks a “nasty streak,” but his pass blocking credentials are impeccable.
7. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa (6)
Reiff didn’t have a great Combine, but he still projects as one of the top OTs in this class.
8. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford (11)
DeCastro may be a player at a “non-premium” position, but he is a Blue Chip prospect. The idea of Dahl and DeCastro at the OG spots sounds pretty good to me.
9. Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
While few were surprised by his 4.50 40 time, the fact that he ran that fast at 244 lbs. tells me that he is the guy I want lining up to James Laurinaitis.
10. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Floyd’s past “indiscretions” still concern me, but he certainly has elite measureables: 6’2, 220 lbs., 4.47 40 time. If his interviews go well, he could be a very tempting player.
The Rest (11-25)
11. Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama (9)
12. Fetcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State (22)
13. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (25)
14. Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia (N/R)
15. Kelechi Osemele, OT/OG, Iowa State (20)
16. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State (16)
17. Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama (N/R)
18. Janoris Jenkins, CB, N.Alabama (12)
19. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU (17)
20. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (24)
21. Zebrie Sanders, OT, FSU (21)
22. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis (N/R)
23. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech (N/R)
24. Almeda Ta’amu, DT, Washington (19)
25. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State (N/R)
Out of Top 25: Devon Still, DT, Penn State; Alshon Jeffrey, WR, South Carolina; Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor; Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska; Mark Barron, S, Alabama