Weak O line? Forget it, it's Orakpo. Weak running game? Who cares, it's Monroe. Weak pass rush? Forget it, it's Stafford. No QB? So, it's Smith.
They have to pick somebody, tx. And that somebody will play, at the most, ONE position at a time.
What does anyone think of Antonio Appleby ILB, Virginia in the 3-5 rounds?
1) We don't know which OT's are going to be available after the draft, if any. Will there even be a vet OT of starting caliber available who's willing to sign with the Rams? dunno.
2) Rams have very little cap cash to use. Starting OT's do not come cheap and there's no guarantee that if a startable vet became available in the "second wave of FA" that the Rams would even have the checkbook to make it happen. There's more than a few other teams that need OT and have more cash to throw around than the Rams.
I don't research prospects very deeply, but like you, i'm also not overly impressed with the crop of OT talent this year, but i do think its viable at the top... that's why i think its a problem going D with both first picks. I think the talent drops off and there won't be a startable OT by the time the Rams pick in the 3rd. I'm usually in favor of BPA picks, with BPA picks that fill a Need getting an advantage...
having a stud mlb and DT sounds like a dream for the Rams rebuild, but it just feels like the Rams have painted themself into a corner. Hopefully, Bell makes the transition to RT with no problems and the Rams are free to go D on both picks. I'd be cool with that. It just worries me when a team experiments with moving a player like that. But if Bell can really succeed there, then i'm fine if the Rams go D with the first day picks. I just don't think anyone will know if he'll be successful there, until long after the draft is over.
This is my opinion on how we should approach the draft:
Round 1: Monroe or Smith
Notes: Should solidify the o-line with this pick.
Round 2: Brace, (Lauranaitis)
Notes: We need a big guy, and Brace is it. If Lauranaitis is here, we take Mr. Ohio State instead.
Round 3: Robiskie, Barden, Murphy, Iglesias
Notes: We need another offensive weapon for Bulger, and these receivers should add much needed talent to our receiving corps. Whoever is the best receiver left here, we take him.
Round 4: Mckillop, [Jason] Phillips, Holtzclaw, Appleby, Sammie Lee Hill
Notes: If we took Brace in round 2, we take the best middle linebacker available. If Lauranaitis is our guy in round 2, we go with Hill.
Round 5: BPA
Round 6: BPA
Round 7: BPA
RD 1: Monroe or Smith OT
RD 2: Hood DT , Brace NT or Ayers DE
RD 3: Robiski WR , Brinkley MLB or Gilbert (DT) San Jose St to play DE (BPA)
RD 4: Mauluga MLB , Mckillop MLB or Barden WR
RD 5: Hill NT or Branstater QB
RD 6: A. Boone OT or A. Kelly WR
RD 7: Pitman DE or Moore RB
Is this Rey Mauluaga you're referring to or someone else? Cause I would doubt Rey M. falls this far.Quote:
RD 4: Mauluga MLB
I'd be tempted to take BJ Raji in Round 1 also.
I agree with Hub's post of BPA's across the board. But I would not escalate a certain position over another due to the drop off of that same first position in later rounds. Best player available every time. (Yes, this should be limited only to positions of need. We don't need 6 BPA TE's now that Losehan is gone.)
As I mentioned earlier, one draft is not going to fix the Rams. Multiple drafts of BPA's will make this team young and solid for a long time.