But you could be right, this may go beyond the normal rhetoric. Ultimately, we'll know in May.
I believe It isn’t so much the position, rather it is how Les/Fish view a particular player. I was really shocked last year when the Rams traded up for Tavon Austin, as I felt they would target another position. The Rams obviously viewed Tavon as a special player as did Fortuninerhater.
This year, I doubt I will be shocked by any of their selections/trades in round one. As relates to the O-line, we simply don’t know how they really feel about the top 3 offensive tackles. If they feel one of those prospects is a “can’t miss” type of player (note: “can’t miss” not being the same as “safe pick”), then one of those top prospects will be a Ram come May.
The only sure thing we know right now is that Les/Fish and crew will not give away any inkling of their true intentions until after the 2014 draft.
Until then, let speculation abound!
Two years ago I was a member here but not very active. I was begging the Rams to take Brockers. Felt he was the best player at the biggest position of need. We had two good ends and nothing worth bragging about up the middle. He's helped a lot since then.
Last year I didn't want Austin. I felt Hopkins with his size and route running ability was more what the Rams needed on offense. I loved Tree with the second 1st rounder.
This year there are two glaring holes on the Rams roster. LG and FS. Matthews and Dix fill those needs nicely. We can still get Matthews if we trade down to say 6 with the Falcons and pick up an extra 2nd at least. We could also get Dix if we trade down to the 16-20 range I think. Picking up an extra 2nd or 3rd. We could also use the higher 2nd rounder we get from the trade and the 3rd rounder we get from the 2nd trade and move back in to the late 1st round, like Minnesota last year, and address the WR or CB need. Kyle Fuller can be had in the late 1st round as well as Jason Verrett or Kelvin Benjamin at WR.
Just a thought. Might have to draw up a mock as we get closer now.
Also our latest 3rd round receiver I think is going to work out great for us and I don't want to give up on our last 2nd rounder either.
You can easily cherry-pick mid and late round selections that have worked out, and use them to say, "Well we can get a ________ in these rounds."
But that shouldn't be used as a reason to pass on a great prospect at the position earlier in the draft. Tom Brady coming from the sixth round hasn't suddenly stopped teams from taking quarterbacks in the first round.
Because of the rookie wage scale, positional considerations are less of a factor than they have been in the past. Last year, we saw two offensive guards taken in the Top Ten; that would have been unheard of in previous years. Teams are going to evaluate players and stack their board accordingly. No one with a need for a pass rusher is talking themselves out of Jadeveon Clowney simply because Greg Hardy was a sixth round pick.
And again, the people who keep pointing out that the Rams' need on the OL is actually at guard need to consider that a pick of Robinson or Matthews fills that need in the short term in one of two ways: (1) either of them could line up and likely excel inside until it is time for them to replace Jake Long at LT, or (2) Barksdale could shift inside to play guard while making room for Robinson/Matthews at RT.