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    Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    By Anthony Bafaro
    December 20th 2013

    Hello friends. Podcast addiction has kept me from the keyboard for quite some time, but I was recently inspired by Rams Addiction loyalist, Cesar Noel, so I decided to take to the typing. He introduced me to a new addiction on Tuesday nightĖa 2014 NFL draft simulator.

    Sorry, Iím not giving you the link to the simulator until the end of the article. I canít force you to read this epic narrative, but if the only reason you came here was to use me as a gateway to the mental masturbation machine, youíre at least going to have to scroll through it all first, because, well, Iím kind of a dick.

    First off, a brief description of the simulator. You can pick any team and run its draft based on current draft position. You can make trades, but itís somewhat limited. When youíre on the clock, you CANNOT propose trades; you can only accept or ignore offers made to you. No negotiating; take it or leave it. When other teams are on the clock, you can propose a trade to that specific team, no others. Again, no negotiating. They either accept or reject the trade, and if they reject it they immediately trade with another team or draft a player. So if you need the deal to go down, you better pony up enough picks to make sure it happens on the first try.

    Last thing before we get started. As you all know, free agency comes first. For the sake of this exercise, the free agent moves I manifested in my head went as follows:

    I cut Cortland Finnegan, designated post June 1st, which saved $6M.
    I cut Harvey Dahl, which saved $4M.
    I re-signed Rodger Saffold (to play guard, of course).
    I went hard, and signed Jairus Byrd to play FS.

    Iíll get into this more once we get closer to free agent time, but I think Jairus Byrd is the single most important free agent target for the Rams this offseason. With him, they have a stud, ball-hawking, free-roaming center-fielderĖa piece that I believe takes this defense from enigmatic to elite, regardless of what else is added. Without him, they almost have to draft Clinton-Dix. Nothing against Ha-Ha, but being handcuffed to a player who could go top-ten, but might be 20th in terms of BPA, seriously limits your draft-day flexibility.

    I really donít want to spend 500 words defending whether or not these moves are financially feasible, so Iíll try to keep this concise.

    The Rams have about $12M in dead money coming off the books, but most of that will be consumed by pay raises for several key players (Sam Bradford, Chris Long, Jake Long, and Jared Cook). The money I saved with the aforementioned cuts essentially represents the total cap space I have to work withĖat least right nowĖbut keep in mind Kevin Demoff is a contract boss.

    Demoff isnít big on big signing bonuses, so thereís a lot of flexibility with the current contracts. Iím also not categorically against cutting Scott Wells (saves $4.5M) if Tim Barnes looks serviceable or Bama Bangs forges through puberty. Nor would I eliminate the possibility of cutting Kendall Langford (saves $4M) if I end up with a replacement in the draft.

    Side note: of that $12M in dead money, $6M is from Quintin Mikell and $4M is from Jason Smith. Thatís right, weíre still paying for Jason Smith. Cap Numbers courtesy of overthecap.com

    So, with Saffold back at OG and Byrd at FS, my absolute needs are (and when I say ďneedsĒ I mean ďI have to find a starter in the draftĒ):

    Offensive guard
    Nickel cornerback
    1-2 down outside linebacker

    Iím not saying those have to be the first three picks, but I view them as the biggest holes, biggest liabilities. As long as I come away with at least serviceable players at those positions, I feel good about being a competitive team in 2014. The rest is about finding value and adding depth at questionable and/or aging positions.

    A lot of people probably want to add OT, outside CB, WR, and maybe QB to that list of ĒI have to find a starter in the draftĒ. All Iíll say for now is that I disagree with those people.

    At my disposal, I have the 2nd overall pick (Washington) and the 14th pick in rounds 1-7.

    Alright, enough foreplayÖ



    With the 1st overall selection in the 2014 draft, the Houston Texans selectÖBlake Bortles?

    Wow. Okay Texans. You do you.

    In most of the simulations I did they took Bridgewater, but occasionally they do take Carr, Manziel, or in this case, the pride of Central Florida. Iím not complaining. Nothing opens the draft proposal flood gates quite like Teddy Bridgewater falling in your lap.

    Cincií is offering 1-23, 2-23, and their 2015 1st rounder.
    Dallas is offering 1-16, 2-16, 3-16 and their 2015 1st rounder.
    Cleveland is offering 1-5, 1-24, and 2-5

    I could do some real damage with any of those offers, but thereís one last offer that really gets the blood pumping to my loinsÖ
    TRADE!

    Rams get: 1-3, 2-3, 3-3
    Jaguars get: 1-2

    What? Not blown away? That offer, in comparison to the others, leaves your loins less than soaked? Calm my friends. Itís not about what I got, itís about what I gave upĖnothing. Thereís one bad mother that Iíve got my eye on and I donít think the Jags are taking him. If they do, that means Bridgewater is still on the board and Iíll be staring at more monster offers.

    With the 2nd overall selection in the 2014 draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars (STL) select: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville.

    Well played Jaguars. You got your man. Now, please step aside and allow me to select the best player in the draft 3rd overall. No, seriously, step aside; itís difficult to move around now that I have to lug the rest of your draft picks with me wherever I go.

    With the 3rd overall selection in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams (JAX) select: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina.

    And then the tweets roll in..

    ďI hope u dye of 1K bee stings. Long? Quinn? Heard of them? Go kill yourself!!!Ē -@JesusIsMySavior

    ďBad move brah #NumbersWayDown #TakesPlaysOff #DontSlurpTheHypeĒ-@FilmSoHardU

    ďWhat a Clowney pick!!! lol Ē -@TurfShowTimes

    ďItís sunny & 71 deg. in NYC; still no word on who the Rams will take at 2″-@jthom1

    Thanks Jim.

    I didnít think twice about taking the baby-eater of all baby-eaters. Yes, the Rams have Quinn and Long, but Clowney is rare talent. I agree with Mike (@MHandshear) here. Clowney can make a massive impact in his rookie season as a sub-package pass-rushing specialist, much like Aldon Smith did in his rookie season. By his sophomore year, heíll be better than the 30-year-old Chris Long (who will be hitting the cap at $11.5M with only $3M remaining in dead money).

    Iím not worried about the fact that his numbers came down to earth this year. He was consistently double and triple teamed, and teams still kept the play away from his side of the field. When this happens to corners, we praise them for ďtaking away one half of the field.Ē This pick makes the Rams the most feared edge-rushing team in the league for the next six to seven seasons; I wonít apologize for that.

    There isnít another ďmust haveĒ player for me in the first round (thanks to the Byrd signing), so Iím just going to see what falls to me at 14.

    Round 1 Pick 4 (4) Raiders: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

    Round 1 Pick 5 (5) (CLE) Texans: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

    Round 1 Pick 6 (6) Falcons: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State

    Round 1 Pick 7 (7) Buccaneers: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

    Round 1 Pick 8 (8) Vikings: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

    Round 1 Pick 9 (9) Titans: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson

    Round 1 Pick 10 (10) Bills: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

    Round 1 Pick 11 (11) Giants: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

    Round 1 Pick 12 (12) Steelers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

    Round 1 Pick 13 (13) Jets: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

    Iím not sobbing over anything I missed there. Matthews, Erving, Barr, Lewan, Gilbert, Kouandjio, and Watkins are all fine prospects who fit pseudo-needs, but not worth the price of trading up, or passing on Clowney. Plus, there are a lot of intriguing options left. Iím eyeing Darqueze Dennard, Louis Nix, C.J. Mosley, Marqise Lee, and a number of other intriguing CB, OLB, and OL prospects.

    During my debate, I notice that Dallas wants to move up from 16. Way more than two guys Iíd be happy with here, so I make the deal.
    TRADE!

    Rams get 1-16 and 2-16
    Cowboys get 1-14

    Round 1 Pick 14 (14) (STL) Cowboys: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

    Round 1 Pick 15 (15) (DET) Bengals: Deone Bucannon, FS, Washington State

    Nice, two picks i couldnít care less about. Back to my list. I have another trade offer, but itís risky. Detroit is offering 1-23 (CIN) and 2-15 for 1-16. A seven spot drop is no joke, but there are 10-12 players who I really like here. If I make the move, I probably have the ammo to trade a package of mid-rounders to get back into the 1st, allowing me to grab two of these guys.
    TRADE!

    Rams get 1-23 (CIN) and 2-15
    Lions get 1-16

    Round 1 Pick 16 (16) (DAL) Lions: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

    Round 1 Pick 17 (17) Chargers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

    Round 1 Pick 18 (18) Packers: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

    Round 1 Pick 19 (19) Eagles: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

    Round 1 Pick 20 (20) Bears: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

    Round 1 Pick 21 (21) Ravens: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

    Round 1 Pick 22 (22) Dolphins: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

    Ouch. CB got raided and I lost out on Nix. But I still see a guaranteed play-maker from my wish list, one who fills one of my pre-draft needs. Actually, Iím kind of blown away that he survived that stretch.

    With the 23rd overall selection in the 2014 draft, The St. Louis Rams (CIN) select: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama

    Every year, a linebacker or two comes out who has virtually no chance of being a bust and every year they fall, because, well, theyíre linebackers. In this case itís C.J, who, in addition to not being a bust risk, also has a pretty nice ceiling. Heíll be an instant upgrade over Dunbar in base as a rookie. By his second or third season, I fully expect him to supplant Laurinaitis as the starting MLB.

    Now, the fun part. Can I move up without selling the farm, and can I do so before my wish list dries up?

    TRADE REJECTED: Round 1 Pick 24 (24) Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

    TRADE REJECTED: Round 1 Pick 25 (25) Cardinals: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

    TRADED REJECTED: Round 1 Pick 26 (26) Patriots: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

    TRADE REJECTED: Round 1 Pick 27 (27) Panthers: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

    TRADE REJECTED: Round 1 Pick 28 (28) *****: Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California
    TRADE!

    Rams get: 1-29
    Saints get: 2-15 and 2-16

    I was starting to sweat there. Sutton hurts a bit. Heís a serious threat as an inside pass rusher, but he probably isnít the type of guy who would allow me to cut Langford. Also, since either Long or Clowney will be moving inside in passing situations, its not not like Iím lacking a pass-rush presence on the interior. But can you imagine being a QB, itís 3rd and 7, and youíre staring at Robert Quinn, Will Sutton, Chris Long, and Jadaveon Clowney. Seriously, just punt.

    Shazier I liked, but he got bumped by Mosley

    Lee I wouldíve happily drafted. He seems to be getting the Keenan Allen treatment in this draft, but thereís no doubt he can play. Thatís something you canít say about too many of the Rams WR.

    Still, Iím not disappointed. The guy I really want is still out there.

    With the 29th pick in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams (N.O.) select: David Yankey, OG, Stanford

    I most certainly do love my Yankee Beans.

    When healthy, the Rams currently own a top-ten offensive line (I know, sounds crazy after over a decade of big money futility at the corps), but weíre trying to take things to the next level around here, so Iím adding the best OG in the draft.

    Yankey is an absolute sociopath in the run game and I think heís actually cleaner as a pass protector. I know a lot people want an OT, and I promise Iíll add some depth there at some point, but I think the gap between Chris Williams and David Yankey is much bigger than the gap between Joe Barksdale and even a player as good as Jake Matthews. The combination of Saffold and Yankey probably allow Wells to be cut (if needed) even if Barnes and/or Jones donít have an ideal physical skill set. Yankee also fulfills one of my pre-draft needs.

    Round 1 Pick 30 (30) Chiefs: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

    Round 1 Pick 31 (31) Broncos: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

    Round 1 Pick 32 (32) Seahawks: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

    Round 2 Pick 1 (33) (HOU) Browns: KaíDeem Carey, RB, Arizona

    Round 2 Pick 2 (34) Redskins: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

    Despite trading two 2nd rounders for the rights to Yankey, I still have an early 2nd round pick thanks to the Jaguars trade, plus my original 2nd rounder at 14. Nickel corner is the only ďneedĒ I still have to check off. There are a few corners who would be worth a pick here, but Iím pretty sure the guy I want will be there at 14, so Iím going with a guy who probably shouldnít have fallen out of the first round.

    With the 35th pick in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams (JAX) select: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

    This is an ideal acquisition. Ognuehiís physical skills are undoubtedly 1st-round caliber. He probably fell because he still needs grooming, having only played one season at RT after moving from RG. That doesnít bother me in the slightest. In fact, since I only need him to be a backup in his rookie season, the fact that he has experience at multiple positions is ideal. If he happens to beat out Barksdale for the starter job, all the better, but itís not something I have to rely on.

    Round 2 Pick 4 (36) Raiders: RaíShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

    Round 2 Pick 5 (37) Browns: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor

    Round 2 Pick 6 (38) Falcons: Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas

    Round 2 Pick 7 (39) (T.B.) Browns: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

    Round 2 Pick 8 (40) Vikings: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

    Round 2 Pick 9 (41) Titans: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State

    Round 2 Pick 10 (42) Bills: Trevor Reilly, DE, Utah

    Round 2 Pick 11 (43) Giants: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

    Round 2 Pick 12 (44) Steelers: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State

    Round 2 Pick 13 (45) (NYJ) Chargers: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State

    I take back everything positive I just said about Ogbuehi. I hate him. He could go on to have a Hall of Fame career and I will still hate him. And I will hate his children. And I will hate his grandchildren. And I will hate his great grandchildrenís dog. I will hate him, in perpetuity, because from this point forward, I will know him only as ďthe pick that cost me Lamarcus Joyner.Ē

    Iíve had Lamarcus Joyner penciled in as the Rams 2014 nickel corner since late October. He can cover, he can tackle, he plays with unmatched intensity, and all reports indicate that his passion for the game is as evident in the weight room and film room as it is on the field. If he was 5í10″ or taller, heíd be a lock for the top ten. Heís 5í8″ (listed) so I thought I could get cute and wait on him. If the Ravens were picking in that stretch, I never wouldíve risked it. No way Ozzie lets him slip, but the Titans? Really? If the Titans suddenly became savvy, this could be a long day.

    Onward and upward, and though heís not my baby boy, thereís still a great option for my nickel needs on the board. A player who, not long ago, was considered a mid 1st-round pick and in the conversation for the best CB in the draft.

    With the 46th pick in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams select: Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida

    Itíll actually be pretty surprising to see Purifoy fall to the middle of the 2nd round come draft day. Actually, Iím not sure heíll fall to the 2nd round at all. As I mentioned, he was projected as a 1st rounder for the most of the season. Other names are hot right now, but we all know how quickly that can change, especially since Louchiez will likely have some of the better numbers at the combine.

    If heís not the best man-cover corner in the draft, heís certainly close, and his lack of interceptions may have more to do with the fact that QBs stay away from him than an actual lack of ball skills. He does have a propensity for forcing fumbles, and heís Janoris Jenkins like when he gets the ball in his hands. If he is still available when the Rams pick in the middle of the 2nd round, itís cause for celebration for all Rams fans.

    Round 2 Pick 15 (47) (DET) Saints: James Hurst, OT, North Carolina

    Round 2 Pick 16 (48) (DAL) Saints: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young

    Round 2 Pick 17 (49) (S.D.) Ravens: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

    Round 2 Pick 18 (50) (G.B.) *****: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

    Round 2 Pick 19 (51) Eagles: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

    Round 2 Pick 20 (52) Bears: Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

    Round 2 Pick 21 (53) (BALT) Jets: Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame

    Round 2 Pick 22 (54) Dolphins: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

    Round 2 Pick 23 (55) (CINN) Lions: Morgan Breslin, OLB, Southern California

    Round 2 Pick 24 (56) Colts: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

    Round 2 Pick 25 (57) Cardinals: Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami (Fla.)

    Round 2 Pick 26 (58) Patriots: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

    Round 2 Pick 27 (59) Panthers: Lael Collins, OT, LSU

    Round 2 Pick 28 (60) (S.F.) Packers: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

    Round 2 Pick 29 (61) Saints: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

    Round 2 Pick 30 (62) *****: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri

    Round 2 Pick 31 (63) Broncos: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas

    Round 2 Pick 32 (64) Seahawks: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

    Round 3 Pick 1 (65) (HOU) Buccaneers: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

    Round 3 Pick 2 (66) Redskins: Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama

    TRADE!

    Rams get: 3-6, 4-6, 6-6

    Falcons get: 3-3

    I wasnít really looking to trade here. Timmy Jernigan is on the board and he might be an upgrade over Langford from day one. Thatís pretty nice value from a 3rd round pick. But adding an early 4th, plus the chance to get lucky in the 6th in exchange for dropping three spots in the 3rd is hard to pass up.

    Round 3 Pick 3 (67) (JAX) Falcons: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

    Round 3 Pick 4 (68) Raiders: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

    Round 3 Pick 5 (69) (CLE) Buccaneers: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri

    Iím kind of a moron. I viewed that deal as simply trading down three spots. The Falcons viewed it as trading up for a guy with 1st-2nd round talent. Whatever. No crying now.

    With the 70th pick in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams (ATL) select: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

    Heís not Timmy Jernigan. He wonít displace Langford, at least not in running situations. What he will do, is absolutely get after the quarterback. Donald has 1st-round skills and numbers (10 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, and 3 forced fumbles in 2013), but at 6í0″ 285 lbs, he doesnít have 1st-round size for a DT. No matter, heíll do just fine alongside Quinn, Long, and Clowney in those 3rd and 7+ situations. The key to not missing on mid-round picks is to make sure your selections have at least one thing that you know they can do well. Donald fits that criteria.

    Round 3 Pick 7 (71) Jets: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

    Round 3 Pick 8 (72) Vikings: Anthony Steen, OG, Alabama

    Round 3 Pick 9 (73) (S.F.) Packers: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

    Round 3 Pick 10 (74) Bills: Xavier Suía-Filo, OG, UCLA

    Round 3 Pick 11 (75) Giants: Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State

    Round 3 Pick 12 (76) Browns: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford

    Round 3 Pick 13 (77) Jets: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State

    With the 78th pick in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams select: Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor

    Quick, whoís the most explosive RB on the Rams roster (donít say Tavon Austin, thatís cheating)? I love what Zac Stacy brings to the table, but Iím not excited about any other RB on this roster (apologies to all the Benny Cunningham lovers out there). Since Isaiah Peadís only contribution seems to be talking **** while he avoids contact on kick coverage, Iím looking for someone whoís a threat to rip off a house call, someone who can make an impact with 5-8 carries a game.

    Ironically, Seastrunk actually reminds of Pead in terms of physical ability. Seastrunk is thicker, and may actually be able to take on a heavy load for a game or two if Stacy goes down, but in terms of speed, burst, and cutting ability, heís very Peadish, and thatís a good thing.

    Round 3 Pick 15 (79) Lions: Javis Landry, WR, LSU

    Round 3 Pick 16 (80) Cowboys: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

    Round 3 Pick 17 (81) (S.D.) Jets: Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor

    Round 3 Pick 18 (82) Packers: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

    Round 3 Pick 19 (83) Eagles: Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

    Round 3 Pick 20 (84) Bears: Kenny Ladler, FS, Vanderbilt

    Round 3 Pick 21 (85) (BALT) Jets: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

    Round 3 Pick 22 (86) Dolphins: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

    Round 3 Pick 23 (87) (CINN) Lions: Nickoe Whitley, FS, Mississippi State

    Round 3 Pick 24 (88) Colts: Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut

    Round 3 Pick 25 (89) Cardinals: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

    Round 3 Pick 26 (90) Patriots: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

    Round 3 Pick 27 (91) Panthers: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

    Round 3 Pick 28 (92) *****: Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State

    Round 3 Pick 29 (93) Saints: Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State

    Round 3 Pick 30 (94) Chiefs: Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia

    Round 3 Pick 31 (95) Broncos: A.J. Johnson, ILB, Tennessee

    Round 3 Pick 32 (96) Vikings: George Uko, DE, Southern California

    Round 4 Pick 1 (97) (HOU) Buccaneers: Joe Don Duncan, TE, Dixie St

    Round 4 Pick 2 (98) Redskins: Lamin Barrow, ILB, LSU

    Round 4 Pick 3 (99) Jaguars: Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford

    Round 4 Pick 4 (100) Raiders: Tre Boston, FS, North Carolina

    Round 4 Pick 5 (101) Browns: Ty Zimmerman, FS, Kansas State

    With the 101st pick in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams (ATL) select: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

    This pick is not intended to answer any questions regarding the status of 2014 WR position. WRs who make a significant impact as rookies are either top-five picks, or blind luck. Iím actually in favor of drafting a 4th or 5th round receiver every year. Itís a position thatís almost always the deepest in every draft class in terms of physical talent. Itís also a position that typically takes several seasons to develop.

    Coleman is 6í6″ 220 lbs. and consistently extends to catch with his hands. The biggest problem is heís projected at about 4.6 speed (FYI, Jerry Rice ran a 4.71). I donít really view that as a huge problem. Heís still fast enough to get downfield, heís just not fast enough to blow by people. With that kind of length, he should be able to make plays even when heís covered, so blowing by corners isnít a huge need.

    One area he could potentially make an impact as a rookie is in the red zone. I know people are disappointed with Brian Quick thus far, but he does seem to have a pretty good handle on the red zone fade. The two of them on the field at the same time could be pretty devastating.

    Round 4 Pick 7 (103) Buccaneers: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

    Round 4 Pick 8 (104) Vikings: JaWuan James, OT, Tennessee

    Round 4 Pick 9 (105) Titans: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

    Round 4 Pick 10 (106) Bills: Denzel Perryman, OLB, Miami (Fla.)

    Round 4 Pick 11 (107) Giants: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

    Round 4 Pick 12 (108) Steelers: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

    Round 4 Pick 13 (109) Jets: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

    With the 110th pick in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams select: Bryan Stork, C, Florida State

    Scott Wells is not long for the NFL world. Tim Barnes is a stop-gap at best. Bama Bangs may develop as C, or a G, or not at all.

    This was a no-brainer pick in the middle of the 4th round. Stork might be the best C in the draft and it wouldnít be crazy to see him drafted as early as the 2nd. In addition to the value, I love the idea of drafting three offensive linemen in the same draft. Offensive line play is as much about continuity as it is talent. In this scenario, Yankey, Ogbuehi, and Stork have an opportunity to grow together.

    Round 4 Pick 15 (111) (DET) Browns: Keith McGill, CB, Utah

    Round 4 Pick 16 (112) Cowboys: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU

    Round 4 Pick 17 (113) Chargers: Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame

    Round 4 Pick 18 (114) Packers: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

    Round 4 Pick 19 (115) Eagles: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

    Round 4 Pick 20 (116) Bears: Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming

    Round 4 Pick 21 (117) Jaguars: Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt

    TRADE!

    Rams get: 4-22

    Dolphins get: 5-6, 6-6, 6-14

    I suddenly realized that I was on pace to draft 13 players. That seemed a little extreme, so I decided to trade some quantity in an attempt to improve the quality.

    With the 118th pick in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams select: Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina

    This CB class is loaded. There are probably ten players with 1st or 2nd round potential. Hampton is probably near the bottom of that list of ten, but that still makes him a steal at the end of the 4th. Plus, itís not really possible to have too much depth at CB.



    Round 4 Pick 23 (119) Bengals: Craig Loston, SS, LSU

    Round 4 Pick 24 (120) (CLE) Lions: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

    Round 4 Pick 25 (121) Cardinals: David Fales, QB, San Jose State

    Round 4 Pick 26 (122) Patriots: Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State

    Round 4 Pick 27 (123) Panthers: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

    Round 4 Pick 28 (124) *****: Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois

    Round 4 Pick 29 (125) Saints: Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State

    Round 4 Pick 30 (126) Chiefs: James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech

    Round 4 Pick 31 (127) Broncos: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina

    Round 4 Pick 32 (128) Seahawks: Boseko Lokombo, OLB, Oregon

    Round 5 Pick 1 (129) Texans: Kasen Williams, WR, Washington

    Round 5 Pick 2 (130) Redskins: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

    Round 5 Pick 3 (131) Jaguars: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

    Round 5 Pick 4 (132) Seahawks: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College

    Round 5 Pick 5 (133) (CLE) Lions: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

    Round 5 Pick 6 (134) Falcons: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

    Round 5 Pick 7 (135) Buccaneers: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

    Round 5 Pick 8 (136) Vikings: Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State

    Round 5 Pick 9 (137) Titans: Marqueston Huff, FS, Wyoming

    Round 5 Pick 10 (138) Bills: Isaiah Lewis, SS, Michigan State

    Round 5 Pick 11 (139) Giants: Jon Halapio, OG, Florida

    Round 5 Pick 12 (140) Steelers: Mike Davis, WR, Texas

    Round 5 Pick 13 (141) Jets: Dontae Johnson, FS, North Carolina State

    Round 5 Pick 14 (142) (STL) Dolphins: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton

    Round 5 Pick 15 (143) Jaguars: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

    Round 5 Pick 16 (144) Cowboys: Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh

    Round 5 Pick 17 (145) Chargers: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

    Round 5 Pick 18 (146) Packers: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

    Round 5 Pick 19 (147) Eagles: Avery Patterson, FS, Oregon

    Round 5 Pick 20 (148) Bears: Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke

    Round 5 Pick 21 (149) Jaguars: Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State

    Round 5 Pick 22 (150) Dolphins: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

    Round 5 Pick 23 (151) Bengals: Deion Belue, CB, Alabama

    Round 5 Pick 24 (152) Colts: Brandon Linder, OG, Miami (Fla.)

    Round 5 Pick 25 (153) Cardinals: James Wilder Jr., RB, Florida State

    Round 5 Pick 26 (154) Eagles: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

    Round 5 Pick 27 (155) Panthers: Elisha Olabode, FS, TCU

    Round 5 Pick 28 (156) *****: Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn

    Round 5 Pick 29 (157) Saints: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech

    Round 5 Pick 30 (158) Chiefs: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

    Round 5 Pick 31 (159) (DEN) Texans: Jonathan Brown, OLB, Illinois

    Round 5 Pick 32 (160) Seahawks: Justin Britt, OT, Missouri

    Round 6 Pick 1 (161) (HOU) Broncos: Rob Blanchflower, TE, Massachusetts

    Round 6 Pick 2 (162) (WASH) Steelers: Prince Shembo, OLB, Notre Dame

    Round 6 Pick 3 (163) Jaguars: Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State

    Round 6 Pick 4 (164) Raiders: Bene Benwikere, CB, San Jose State

    Round 6 Pick 5 (165) Browns: Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College

    Round 6 Pick 6 (166) (ATL) Dolphins: John Urschel, OG, Penn State

    Round 6 Pick 7 (167) Bears: LíDamian Washington, WR, Missouri

    Round 6 Pick 8 (168) Vikings: Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma

    Round 6 Pick 9 (169) Titans: Terrance West, RB, Towson

    Round 6 Pick 10 (170) Bills: Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland

    Round 6 Pick 11 (171) Giants: Charles Leno, OT, Boise State

    Round 6 Pick 12 (172) (PITT) Redskins: James White, RB, Wisconsin

    Round 6 Pick 13 (173) Jets: J.C. Copeland, FB, LSU

    Round 6 Pick 14 (174) (STL) Dolphins: Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue

    Round 6 Pick 15 (175) Lions: Austin Wentworth, OT, Fresno State

    Round 6 Pick 16 (176) Chiefs: Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky

    Round 6 Pick 17 (177) Chargers: Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana

    Round 6 Pick 18 (178) Packers: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa

    Round 6 Pick 19 (179) Patriots: Alden Darby, SS, Arizona State

    Round 6 Pick 20 (180) Bears: Ryan Groy, OT, Wisconsin

    Round 6 Pick 21 (181) Ravens: Gabe Ikard, C, Oklahoma

    Round 6 Pick 22 (182) (MIA) Redskins: Hakeem Smith, SS, Louisville

    Round 6 Pick 23 (183) Bengals: DeDe Lattimore, ILB, South Florida

    Round 6 Pick 24 (184) Colts: Eathyn Manumaleuna, DT, Brigham Young

    Round 6 Pick 25 (185) Cardinals: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon

    Round 6 Pick 26 (186) Patriots: Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee State

    Round 6 Pick 27 (187) Panthers: Chris Burnette, OG, Georgia

    Round 6 Pick 28 (188) *****: Rajion Neal, RB, Tennessee

    Round 6 Pick 29 (189) Saints: Cody Hoffman, WR, Brigham Young

    Round 6 Pick 30 (190) Chiefs: Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse

    Round 6 Pick 31 (191) Broncos: Derrell Johnson, OLB, East Carolina

    Round 6 Pick 32 (192) Seahawks: Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State

    Round 7 Pick 1 (193) (HOU) Broncos: Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan

    Round 7 Pick 2 (194) (WASH) Dolphins: Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon

    Round 7 Pick 3 (195) (JAX) Dolphins: Denicos Allen, OLB, Michigan State

    Round 7 Pick 4 (196) Raiders: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

    Round 7 Pick 5 (197) Browns: Deandre Coleman, DT, California

    Round 7 Pick 6 (198) Falcons: A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State

    Round 7 Pick 7 (199) Buccaneers: Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane

    Round 7 Pick 8 (200) Vikings: Charles Sawyer, CB, Ole Miss

    Round 7 Pick 9 (201) Titans: James Stone, C, Tennessee

    Round 7 Pick 10 (202) Bills: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon

    Round 7 Pick 11 (203) Panthers: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

    Round 7 Pick 12 (204) (PITT) Jaguars: Jacob Pedersen, TE, Wisconsin

    Round 7 Pick 13 (205) Jets: Cairo Santos, K, Tulane

    With the 207th pick in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams select: DeíAnthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

    I feel like I keep saying this, but Iím not convinced he falls this far. Thomas is 5í9″ 173 and the definition of explosive. As far as playing running back, heís probably limited to outside tosses and screens if you want to keep him alive. A creative offensive coordinator (assuming we ever get one of those) could probably turn him into a better version of Dexter McCluster. He can also return kicks.

    Thatís it! Lets take a look at the final results.

    Round 1 Pick 3 (JAX): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

    Round 1 Pick 23 (CINN): C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama

    Round 1 Pick 29 (N.O.): David Yankey, OG, Stanford

    Round 2 Pick 3 (JAX): Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

    Round 2 Pick 14: Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida

    Round 3 Pick 6 (ATL): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

    Round 3 Pick 14: Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor

    Round 4 Pick 6 (ATL): Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

    Round 4 Pick 14: Bryan Stork, C, Florida State

    Round 4 Pick 22 (MIA): Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina

    Round 7 Pick 14: DeíAnthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

    So, the 2014 roster might look something like this:

    QB
    Sam Bradford
    Kellen Clemens

    RB
    Zac Stacy
    Lache Seastrunk (R)
    Benny Cunningham
    DeíAnthony Thomas (R)

    TE
    Jared Cook
    Lance Kendricks
    Corey Harkey
    Mike McNeil

    WR
    Chris Givens
    Tavon Austin
    Stedman Bailey
    Brian Quick
    Brandon Coleman (R)

    OL
    Jake Long
    David Yankey (R)
    Scott Wells
    Rodger Saffold
    Joe Barksdale
    Cedric Ogbuehi (R)
    Bryan Stork (R)
    Barrett Jones

    DE
    Robert Quinn
    Chris Long
    Jadeveon Clowney (R)
    William Hayes

    DT
    Michael Brockers
    Kendall Langford
    Aaron Donald (R)
    Jermelle Cudjo

    LB
    Alec Ogletree
    James Laurinaitis
    C.J. Mosley (R)
    Ray Ray Armstrong
    Daren Bates

    CB
    Janoris Jenkins
    Trumaine Johnson
    Louchiez Purifoy (R)
    Victor Hampton (R)
    Brandon McGee

    S
    Jairus Byrd
    T.J. McDonald
    Rodney McLeod
    Cody Davis

    K/P/LS
    Greg Zuerlein
    Johnny Hekker
    Jake McQuaide

    Plus 5 others of your choosing.

    And here, as promised, is the simulator link. Have fun.

    If you are looking for the 2014 simulator link (if you've actually read this far), sorry, but no links allowed!


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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    There's not enough Mountain Dew and Red Bull in the world to get me to read that long, rambling, rant of an article.
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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    There's not enough Mountain Dew and Red Bull in the world to get me to read that long, rambling, rant of an article.
    My mama always said "if you got nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all"Ö if you didn't like the post you should have just kept that to yourself. I actually thought that, although long, it was pretty amusing.

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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie25 View Post
    My mama always said "if you got nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all"… if you didn't like the post you should have just kept that to yourself. I actually thought that, although long, it was pretty amusing.
    So I guess your Mama would be upset that you chose to respond to my post, huh?

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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    So I guess your Mama would be upset that you chose to respond to my post, huh?
    I just assumed that a person would be able to give his opinion without disrespecting and ridiculing the opinion of others, I guess I just expected more from a Mod

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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie25 View Post
    I just assumed that a person would be able to give his opinion without disrespecting and ridiculing the opinion of others, I guess I just expected more from a Mod
    Truth be told, given the long-winded nonsensical ramblings of the article, my comments were extremely mild. I could have written something more along the lines of "that article highlights everything that is wrong with what passes for sports journalism on the internet." Would that have been too mean?

    Sorry that I disappointed you as a Mod. Unfortunately, Dez did not put in my job description "keep your opinions to yourself."

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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie25 View Post
    I just assumed that a person would be able to give his opinion without disrespecting and ridiculing the opinion of others, I guess I just expected more from a Mod
    Really Vinnie? Disrespecting? Ridiculing? I'd say "long" and "rambling" are completely accurate and appropriate descriptions of the article. I know I didn't get close to halfway through it before I skipped WAY down here.

    Obviously the OP, MauiRam, realized it was going to be an article that might be difficult to get through, hence the question "Are you bored?".
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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    For what its worth, i found the article enticing and interesting. An awful lot of thought appears to have gone into it. I dont find it any more long or rambling than people posting 7 round mock drafts which are personal opinion and pure speculation. I dont think there is anything wrong with long and rambling. Lots of people dont like long and rambling, and i respect that completely, which means people dont have to read it. Everyone is entitled to express their opinion here, long and rambling or short and sweet, and everyone else is free to read it or not read. The fact that an article is long, whether rambling or not, does not make it per se a problem in my opinion. People are also free to inform others that they dont intend to read an article. People can have their own view on whether it is worth their time to point out what they dont intend to read.

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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    I found it interesting also.
    But I stopped at the end of round two.
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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    When exactly did I tell anyone else how they should feel about the article?

    I expressed MY opinion and, despite the frequent whining to the contrary, I have never denied anyone else their right to express their own opinion.

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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    When exactly did I tell anyone else how they should feel about the article?

    I expressed MY opinion and, despite the frequent whining to the contrary, I have never denied anyone else their right to express their own opinion.

    All I'm saying is that you could have expressed your opinion in a way that didn't mock MauiRam's post. Disagreeing with the content would have been one thing, but to belittle someone because of their writing style or technique is another.

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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    Quote Originally Posted by RebelYell View Post
    I found it interesting also.
    But I stopped at the end of round two.
    You did better than me..never got to round 2. Fell asleep...zzzz
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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    just skimmed through it to see the picks and a little of what's around it

    still don't understand clowney pick

    i didn't like the idea of marqise lee going to detroit....but him going to the whiners would make me mad

    lache seastrunk...and de'anthony thomas

    de'anthony thomas....the one who decided to go to oregon at the last second and got tired of one rose bowl?

    no thanks, he'll probably get bored after a super bowl win too
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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    Interesting to say the least. I don't think there is any chance that all these trades go down on draft day, but he definitely has a interesting theory. As most know, I'm all on board with the Clowney and Mosley picks too.
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    Re: Are you bored? Rams Land Clowney, Mosley, and Yankey in Draft Simulator

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie25 View Post
    All I'm saying is that you could have expressed your opinion in a way that didn't mock MauiRam's post. Disagreeing with the content would have been one thing, but to belittle someone because of their writing style or technique is another.
    Okay...

    Let's be perfectly clear here...

    If I think that an "article" that is published on the internet is poorly written, juvenile, illogical, lacking in factual support, or just plain boring, I will say so. I don't need your approval and, to be perfectly honest, I really don't give a rodent's posterior whether your approve or disapprove of my expression of my own opinions.

    For the record, the article (to the extent I could get through it before it started giving me a headache) reads as though it was written by a Junior High School Student who is obsessed with Jim Rome, ProFootballTalk and Bleacher Report. If you enjoy that style of writing, good for you.

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