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    St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!
    by Brandon Bate

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    Atlanta Falcons, who had the second fewest number of sacks in the NFL [32], have fallen in love with Jadaveon Clowney. In an effort to immediately rectify their pass-rush woes, they pick up the phone, call old friend Les Snead, and move up to No. 2 to select the fiercest defensive end in college football.



    In doing so, they swap spots with the Rams, giving them the 6th overall pick. Additionally, the Rams obtain the Falcons' 2nd round pick [No. 37].

    The Falcons got their guy, so what do the Rams do? They make picks contrary to Jeff Fisher’s draft history, and draft FIVE offensive players in the first three rounds, of course!

    Before we jump into the draft madness, here are a few things to note:

    * Harvey Dahl, Scott Wells, and Rodger Saffold are no longer Rams. Saffold, despite being injury-prone, has shown how his versatility enables him to play anywhere along the offensive line. He thinks he should be paid like a tackle, and one team will agree. For Wells and Dahl, age and injury concerns conclude their tenure with the team.

    * Sam Bradford is going to be the starting QB in 2014. What you’re about to witness - in terms of this draft - is why he’s going to have the best season of his career. Wave bye bye to the "vanilla" offense of yesteryear.

    * This mock is based on Seniors or players who have committed to the draft.

    And without further ado…

    Round 1, Pick 6: Sammy Watkins [WR, Clemson] - 6’1", 200 lbs.

    Fresh off a 16 catch, 227-yard, 2-touchdown performance in the Orange Bowl, Watkins immediately gives the Rams the physical, powerful receiver it’s been missing for so long. If the Rams are looking for a red zone threat who has no issues going vertical to grab the ball, they’ve found their man…
    Round 1, Pick 13: Taylor Lewan [OT, Michigan] - 6’7", 310 lbs.

    Here’s where I’m probably going to lose you. I know Jeff Fisher has never drafted an offensive lineman in the first round of any NFL draft…ever. Lewan is the smart pick here, though. An All-American in 2012, Lewan chose to go back to Michigan for his senior year, and his draft stock may take a bit of a hit as a result. Recently, ESPN’s Todd McShay reaffirmed his belief in the Wolverines huge left tackle:
    I’ve got him as the ninth overall player/prospect with kind of a middle-first-round grade. There’s been a little bit of inconsistency. But I still think he’s, obviously, one of the top 10 players. I think he’s one of the premier players in this class.
    My thoughts on this pick are simple. Jake Long’s torn ACL and MCL are putting his ability to start the 2014 season in jeopardy. Joe Barksdale has performed admirably at right tackle, but with Rodger Saffold no longer on the team, the Rams need to look for depth - and the future - with a legitimate tackle. Chris Williams won’t cut it. Mike Person is not…that person.
    Round 2, Pick 5 [37]: Cyril Richardson [OG, Baylor] - 6’5", 335 lbs.

    Round 2, Pick 12 [44]: Gabe Jackson [OG, Mississippi St.] - 6’ 4", 320 lbs.


    I’m sure you saw this one coming! That’s right…the Rams take back-to-back guards in the 2nd round. As aforementioned, Dahl and Saffold are gone. The Rams can’t rely onShelley Smith, and we have no clue what Barrett Jones is capable of in the NFL. It’s time the Rams put their concerns about an offensive line behind them. Line these two beasts up in front of Sam Bradford and Zac Stacy and watch this offense thrive.

    Round 3, Pick 11 [75]: Tajh Boyd [QB, Clemson] - 6’1", 225 lbs.


    The time has come for the Rams to have a "Plan B" in regards to their QB situation.Austin Davis came into the preseason as the team’s backup QB. He didn’t even make the squad. Kellen Clemens performed admirably following Sam Bradford’s season-ending injury, but he’s clearly not the answer…and the Rams new it in the preseason. As we saw in 2013, many backup QB’s stepped in and their offense’s didn’t miss a beat. It’s time for the Rams to have that option, if needed. If they’re going to wait any longer to draft a QB, they might as well just stick with Clemens. Plus, who wants to break up the Boyd/Watkins connection?

    …so I know what you’re thinking. "What about safety?" or "What about OLB?" While I agree that those are positions of need, I’d much rather address them a) later in the draft, or b) in free agency. The Rams’ defense is a far superior unit, and it’s time the offense struck fear in it’s opponents.

    Bolstering the offensive line [for years to come] provides bigger gaps for Zac Stacy [and Co.] to run though, and it provides Sam Bradford with more time to find a much-improved corps of wide receivers.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    If the Rams draft were to actually play out like this I would be extremely happy, the only thing is the Falcons would have to give us another 1st round pick down the line, along with some other picks

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    To be honest, I would love this draft.

    I think we are one true #1 WR and a few solid offensive linemen away from a true playoff contending team

    Jake Long, Cyril Richardson, Gabe Jackson, and Taylor Lewan in front of Stacy? Those are all some big, mean dudes. Hell, even 6'2 270lb Nick Leckey back as our center would thrive in that line-up.
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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    I'm smiling ear to ear right now, but I'd have to know what defensive players we passed on to fully embrace this draft.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    Les Snead is way to smart to swap from #2 to #6 while only receiving a single 2nd round pick in return.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    Rep points sir, you beat me to this, and I must say..... if Finnegan can return to form (which maybe a big if). I am open to this draft; especially since Clinton-Dix does not fit the ball hawk mold.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    That would certainly provide a big boost to the offensive side of things!

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    I think I like this draft almost as much as Bradford and Stacey would.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    I like everything except Lewan. I think there are a few better tackles that would be available at 13.
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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    Quote Originally Posted by lostsoul View Post
    I like everything except Lewan. I think there are a few better tackles that would be available at 13.
    Ya I agree, I think I'd rather have Greg Robinson instead. The only thing is I think he'll do great at the Combine and shoot up peoples draft boards, much like Lane Johnson did last year. Hopefully he's still there when we pick at 13 though
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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    i'd imagine watkins, benjamin, lee, and one or two other receivers as a possible selection at 6

    the lineman i generally like, though you could have a few different sets

    and the tajh boyd, i think he's alright, but there may also be a few others i'd take before,

    of course it all depends on how the draft goes

    but i would be happy with this draft

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    I don't like taking three Oline men in a row. The Rams aren't going to start next year with three rookies on the line, that's asking for disaster. We need to use some picks to address other areas, and fill some gaps with free agents.
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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    Quote Originally Posted by berg8309 View Post
    I don't like taking three Oline men in a row. The Rams aren't going to start next year with three rookies on the line, that's asking for disaster. We need to use some picks to address other areas, and fill some gaps with free agents.
    yea i think they could get a FA OL and get someone else

    2 is fine

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    Quote Originally Posted by Berg8309 View Post
    I don't like taking three Oline men in a row. The Rams aren't going to start next year with three rookies on the line, that's asking for disaster. We need to use some picks to address other areas, and fill some gaps with free agents.
    Agree. The Rams don't start (not sure if you meant 'start season' or 'starter players') with three OL rookies; the selections will be more evenly distributed on other position needs.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft [3 Rds]: TRADE w/ Falcons, then go ALL OFFENSE!

    I found this a really fun draft not always players I would chose but you are right in the need for something like this to really kick start our offense. We had NFL experiance guys on the line this season and when we did not have Harkey and Kendricks and Zac to help them block we were exposed. I feel the quality of these picks, and especially if they got to camp early and worked hard could be cohesive by starting day. What a group of huge road graders to grind up the Whiners & Seahawks lines and backers. I would enjoy watching these young guys unleashed on those defenses. That is some pay back for the way they man handled us this last season. We really need something like this to happen for our Offensive Line imho. I simply cannot wait to see what our team does this offseason and at the draft.

    Thanks for sharing your picks and I really enjoyed the vision you laid out...

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