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    A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    16-Tavon Austin

    22-DeAndre Hopkins/Keenan Allen

    I know some might believe it would be overkill to grab two receivers in the first round, but I think most agree that the Rams biggest need this off season is to get Sam some more weapons to work with.

    If you take Austin, you have and electric returner who can immediately lineup in the backfield and the slot. Who knows, maybe he can cut it on the outside too. I understand Cook will probably be our slot guy, but he's not going to play every snap there. They are both very versatile players in term of where they can line up, so I'm sure Schotty could find ways to utilize the two of them together. I think he's a guy who's ready to be an impact player his rookie year. I like the high-ceiling, NFL ready Austin.

    Hopkins and Allen are very alike in my opinion. Both are solid route runners who have good hands. I think they're two of the most NFL ready receivers in this years and I like both guys potential to produce as rookies, like Austin. These guys would fit perfectly across from the blazing Givens.

    I understand we have other needs to fill, but I just want the Rams to get Sam more weapons. Here's my take on how we can fill the other needs without using a first round pick.

    Remaining positions of need: LG, S, OLB, RB

    The only question on our line is left guard, and we have options on the team or we can pick up a G later in the draft. We have an exceptional Oline coach in Boudreau. Let him develop these players.

    The Safety class is deep this year. I wouldn't mind if we used a 1st rounder on a safety, but if we don't there will be a lot of talent in the later rounds. Also, Fisher has spoke about his confidence in Stewart playing a lot more, and he even said he'd be ok with Mcleod starting as well. I take these types of things he says seriously, hes not just blowing smoke. Mikell might even resign too.

    OLB can also be addressed later in the draft. It really just isn't a position that is too important in the Rams defense to warrant a first round pick, in my opinion. I'm sure we could find a serviceable player in the mid rounds.

    Besides LG, Safety, OLB, and RB all we really want is more depth in the DT and CB positions. But, those positions are solidified in terms of starters and immediate backups. Theres no need to take either in earlier rounds, unless maybe theres a cant miss guy who falls in our laps.

    Richardson and Pead, I believe, can handle the back duties. If they want to add another, they can also do that in the early-mid rounds. LeVeon Bell anyone?

    Free agency is also still another option, but the Rams seem to be low on cap room, so they probably wont be making anymore big splashes. Thats cool, seeing that we already signed Jake Long, Jared Cook, and retained William Hayes.

    Feel free, of course, to give some input on how you'd feel about that first round.

    So, what I'm saying is, in the first round, SHOW ME THE WEAPONS!!!
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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    now i'm imagining a hopkins/allen and then robert woods if you're gonna go unorthodox, this would be awesome form me

    although i'd rather want it not to happen

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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    I think Woods is a guy who will be available far past the first round.
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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    It seems like overkill to me, but I guess we'd never be able to talk about not having enough weapons.

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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    Quote Originally Posted by FestusRam View Post
    The only question on our line is left guard, and we have options on the team or we can pick up a G later in the draft. We have an exceptional Oline coach in Boudreau. Let him develop these players.
    We do have Rok coming back, and I'd really like to see what Boudreau can do with him. If my memory serves me right he looked pretty good in the preseason and was slated to be our starting LG before he got hurt.

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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    Quote Originally Posted by FestusRam View Post
    I think Woods is a guy who will be available far past the first round.
    hope so, just a few teams are predicted to select him in the 2nd, hope he slips into the 3rd for a steal

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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    Id have no problems with double dipping in the 1st round on wr's. A combo of Austin and Allen/Hopkins would be amazing.

    Ive watched a lot of tape on Allen and Hopkins and i like them both. This were my take aways-

    Allen is definitely shiftier.
    Allen has a better vertical game(jump balls).
    Hopkins is better at route running.
    Hopkins a little more physical.
    Both have good hands.
    Both have average speed.


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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie25 View Post
    We do have Rok coming back, and I'd really like to see what Boudreau can do with him. If my memory serves me right he looked pretty good in the preseason and was slated to be our starting LG before he got hurt.
    I do hope Rok comes back and produces. I'm rooting for him.

    However, (and I feel like we've been over this a few times), he was not the starting LG when he got hurt. He came off the bench in game 1 and got hurt. Maybe some day he becomes a starting Guard. But that day has not yet come.
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    Weapons are good.

    Protection for the number one weapon is better.
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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    Austin I hAve zero issues drafting but after that I feel we wouldn't pick up another WR due to BPA being the philoshy of our regime and don't think Hopkins/Allen would be BPA at that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    I do hope Rok comes back and produces. I'm rooting for him.

    However, (and I feel like we've been over this a few times), he was not the starting LG when he got hurt. He came off the bench in game 1 and got hurt. Maybe some day he becomes a starting Guard. But that day has not yet come.
    Who was the starting LG in game 1 if it wasnt Rok?

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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    Turner. He had to shift to Center when Wells went down. Rok was the backup guard and then went down himself...
    I believe!

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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    If you take 2 receivers in round one, you are kind of saying you hink Givens and Quick and Pettis were poor picks who have to be replaced. You do realize that only three or four WR even see the field much, barring injury.

    Why would a team, in a poor year at the position, use TWO picks on WR??

    Not gonna happen. If they take a bigger guy first round, they could look for a slot/KR guy later, but not round one or two or probably three.
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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    Knowing Snead, it wouldn't surprise me if we double-dip on WR in the draft. Just turn another weakness into a strength. If those two pan-out, Amendola and Gibson will be a funny memory.

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    Re: A somewhat unorthodox Rams first round I would embrace.

    I think we'll draft two WRs, but not in the 1st round.

    If we did, that would mean they would be expected to play and produce right away, which would mean that Brian Quick's development would be severely hampered. Don't think Fisher's ready to do that.

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