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  • The Optimistic Lamb
    The Optimistic Lamb's Mock Draft 1.0
    by The Optimistic Lamb
    Looking for criticism. Lots and lots of criticism.

    1) Ndamakong Suh DT:

    Despite being doubled teamed, Suh finished the 2009 regular season with 83 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He is so dominant that he batted 10 passes and blocked 3 kicks. Blah, blah, blah…

    2) Colt McCoy QB:

    The second round is really a crap shoot. But not much can compete with a future franchise QB, a position the Rams sorely need. McCoy may not start right away, but he should be ready sooner rather than later. McCoy has thrown for 3,521 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing 70.6 percent of his passes in 2009, and helping Texas average nearly 41 pts per game. Has set a NCAA record in 2008 with a 76.7% completion percentage. Plays in a spread offense, I know. But hell, who doesn’t?

    3) Toby Gerhart HB:

    Jackson’s compressed disc’s are a sign of wear. And it’s only going to get worse. We boast a run first offense, so to me keeping Jackson healthy and fresh is the key. Gerhart is 6-1 and 235 lbs and is projected as a mid to late second rounder. But I think we could grab him at the top of the third. He could definitely shoulder much of the burden for Jackson by taking the 3rd down short yard conversions. And with a scary Jackson/Gerhart duo, we’ll make teams pay for stacking the box...

    4) Riley Cooper WR:

    The “diamond in the rough” pick. Cooper’s potential cannot be determined from looking at his stats. But if you watch him, you’ll notice he has the rare combination of size, coordination, and raw speed. The Rams should love that he is 6’3’’ and 215 lbs. He has been clocked at faster than 4.40 in the 40-yard dash, but his real speed is probably somewhere in the high 4.4s. Cooper is tough, physical, and fundamentally sound. Hopefully he stays overlooked.

    5) Dekoda Watson OLB:

    What the Rams need at the OLB spot is a little bit of intensity. Watson is a reliable tackler who plays bigger than he is. And like Laurinaitis, he is smart enough to play coverage which seems to be a must for Spag’s defense. Watson will be passed up because of his weight, 225 lbs. But he is 6’2” and that tells me another 10-15 lbs of muscle would be nothing for a professional athlete to add. There are many good LB’s in this draft so it is likely that he will be available at the top of the fifth round.

    6) OL depth

    7) OL depth
    -01-25-2010, 01:35 PM
  • Dominating D
    Dominating D 7 round Rams mock draft
    by Dominating D
    Players review from draft unless otherwise noted

    Round 1 Ndamukong Suh DT NEBRASKA

    Ndamukong Suh has become the best player in all of college football. The man can do things that no other can. At times, he looks like Superman swatting flies. Don’t pencil him in as the #1 overall pick; put it in permanent marker and laminate it. If the NFL team that has the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft passes up on Suh, it's just because they think their future franchise quarterback is looking them in the face.

    The man is simply incredible. Not a mammoth man like a Terrance Cody, Suh packs a lot of power and natural strength into his 6’ 4” 305 pound frame and, frankly, college lineman are just no match for the force that is Ndamukong Suh. Possessing a fantastic burst and quickness of the snap, Suh is in your backfield before you’ve gotten up in the morning. He regularly beats lineman to the corner on traps and pulls, nullifying the play before it’s really even started.

    And just to mix things up, he simply moves you where he wants to go and tosses you aside with sheer beastly strength. His bull rush is better than that of many NFL linemen.
    He is now a finalist for the Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski and Bednarik awards.

    · Recorded season-high nine tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 TFL and 2 PBU in Big 12 North clinching win over Kansas State last Saturday
    · Earned Lott Trophy Impact Player of the Week for the third time this season—first time in history of award a player has won the award three times in one season
    · Leads team with 65 total tackles, 15 TFL, 10 PBU and 20 QB hurries, while adding 6.5 sacks
    · In position to become first defensive lineman in school history to lead Nebraska in tackles in consecutive seasons
    · Only defensive lineman in the country to rank in the top 100 in pass breakups (Suh is 31st)
    · Behind Suh, Nebraska ranks third nationally in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense and eighth in total defense
    · Nebraska defense leads country in passing TDs allowed (4) and opponent red-zone trips (18)

    An elite athlete, Suh has multiple pass rush moves and can spin either way to get free. His hand punch is like a sledgehammer on concrete, keeping blockers away from his body and allowing him to easily disengage to make tackles. His 5.5 TFL and 3 sacks don’t tell the whole story but Suh opens things up for the rest of the Husker defense, regularly drawing double-teams and pushing the action towards fellow defenders. He is a presence that needs to be accounted for on every snap.

    He is generally quite instinctive and reads plays quickly. He makes linebacker type plays in the box, on the edges and at the sidelines and will hustle down the line and chase the ball all over. Even when fooled, he has the quickness to get back into the action. His athletic ability also lends him to shifting over at times to the edge and...
    -01-09-2010, 12:10 PM
  • eldfan
    St. Louis Rams 2010 Mock Draft
    by eldfan
    by Cameron Schott Cameron SchottContributor

    Previous Next Round 1, Pick 1: Ndamukong Suh, DT, NebraskaSlide 2 of 11

    I have waited to make the Rams NFL mock draft because yesterday was the last day for underclassmen to declare for the draft. So now that we know pretty much all the players who will enter, there will be no guessing if a player will stay or leave.

    Plus if you are a Rams fan, like myself, then this is our Super Bowl! I waited all year to see who we would get in the draft. Now let's look at what the Rams really need.

    Rams Needs:
    Quarterback- Marc Bulger is past his prime and gets hurt too often. Boller and Null aren't exactly what you call franchise quarterbacks. They can take a risk here because they may have a chance at Jake Locker next year.

    Backup Running Back- Steven Jackson is the best player the Rams have, but he can't play every down. A running back isn't a huge need, but the Rams need a decent backup. Last year the three backup running backs combined for 228 yards the entire season.

    Wide Receiver(s)- Donnie Avery can be pretty good, but besides him the Rams have no depth. Their number two receiver is Danny Amendola, who they got primarily to return kicks.

    Cornerback- The Rams were 25th in passing defense, and their corners didn't get an interception the entire year. They need some help here.

    Defensive Tackle- A strong defensive tackle will toughen up the line and stop the power run game. It will also take some pressure off of Chris Long.

    Outside Line Backer- James Laurinaitis was a great pick, now they have two more backers to go.

    They can also use offensive linemen or a tight end, but these are the biggest needs the Rams have. I spent a lot of time on this so let's take a look at the first pick!

    Round 1, Pick 1: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

    Rams should play it safe here by taking arguably the best player in the draft.

    Quarterbacks are hit and miss and Rams should look to strengthen up their defensive line. Suh is a quick 305 pound monster that teams can build a defense around. Anyone who saw the Big 12 Championship game knows that Suh is one of the best players in the country. Suh anchored Nebraska's defense and should translate his success into the NFL.

    Strengths: Very quick for his size and uses his hands well. Has good technique and can read plays very well. An amazing playmaker who can always find the football and make big plays.

    Weaknesses: Can struggle with a double team and can be inconsistent. Also has had some knee injuries in the past.

    2009 AP Player of the Year
    2009 Heisman Finalist
    2009 Consensus First Team All-American
    Two Time First Team All-Big 12
    2009 Big 12 Defensive Player...
    -01-19-2010, 09:59 AM
  • Harry S. Truman
    Mock Draft- Off-Season
    by Harry S. Truman
    First, here's my predicted free agent signings..

    - Chase Blackburn

    - He's a steady tackler, not much of a pass rusher, but he's consistent all around otherwise. On top of things, he's got a good work ethic, and is familiar with a Spagnulo run defense. At 26, he's still got some upside yet.

    - Leigh Bodden

    - Bodden was New England's best DB in 2009, picking off 5 passes, while racking up 55 tackles and more importantly helping New England improve their pass defense, and was crucial in helping the Pats cut their allowed passing touchdown numbers.

    - Charlie Whitehurst

    Has a good arm with accuracy, good size for the position and has spent his first three seasons in the NFL learning behind one of the NFL's best young QB (Phillip Rivers) and a very good QB developer as Head Coach (Norv Turner).

    Rivers has actually gone on record and said that Whitehurst is overdue for a starting QB opportunity, and stated when he gets the chance, some team will be glad they gave him that shot.

    I view Whitehurst as a low risk, high reward pickup. He likely won't cost much, and if he develops, the Rams have their QB situation solved. If not, it was a low risk signing and they can focus their attentions to adding a QB in the first in next year's draft.


    O.J. Atogwe
    Alex Barron
    Leonard Little

    Lastly.. Bring back Bulger as a backup.

    And.. The draft.

    Round 1
    - Ndamukong Suh

    Suh is just what the doctor ordered for this defense. I think they've already got some pieces in place for future success, Suh will be the addition that could make them that much stronger. Suh, Long and Laurinitis is a very solid core, and one that could be dangerous for years to come.

    Traditionally, teams don't spend #1 overall picks, and the money associated with it on Defensive Tackles.. Then again, Suh isn't your traditional DT.

    Round 2
    - Brandon LaFell

    I think WR is the biggest weakness on the Rams offense. While I like Donnie Avery, they need more.

    I think LaFell could quietly, when it's all said and done, become the best of this class. He has good route running skills and leaping ability; good size; good field vision and body control; has a competitive streak a mile long; is very productive and gets good YPC numbers because of his ability to break tackles and take hits. He's not going to ever win a foot race. He isn't slow by any means, but his timed sped won't ever wow you, however his other intangibles more than make up for the "lack of speed".

    He reminds me a large amount of Dwayne Bowe (and not just because both went to LSU). Bowe has quietly had a very good start to his career...
    -02-11-2010, 05:33 PM
  • Ramsong
    Ramsong Mock 1.0
    by Ramsong
    I never think it's too early for mocks, and even though they are usually ridiculous speculation, I think it's fun and generates some debate. So here goes:

    Round 1: Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska - Whether or not we pick #1 overall...Whatever it takes to get this guy, we must do it, even if it means trading up to get him. He is a freak of nature. On top of that, he's intelligent, articulate, a superb athlete and fits the 4 Pillars to a tee.

    And we can't be afraid to draft another DT despite Kennedy, Carriker (playing out of position), Pickett etc. and their results.

    I think he would instantly make Ryan, Long, Lauranitis and Company a better and potent front 7. Starter from day 1.

    Round 2: Dez Bryant, WR OK State - This one is iffy because many feel he is a top 10 talent, but he just may slip into the top of the 2nd with the NCAA suspension...Just might put off some NFL execs.

    We need to be drafting BPA available regardless of position, because we are desperate for playmakers on BOTH sides of the ball. Bryant just happens to fit a need as well. Big, fast, strong. There have been some questions about his hands, but that's something that can be coached.

    Alternates here (if we go WR) include Golden Tate, ND / Brandon LaFell, LSU / Damian Williams USC & Aurelious Benn, ILL (who was hurt by the wacky offensive system at ILL and lack of a productive QB this year.)

    Round 3: Tim Tebow, QB Florida - OK, before you start ripping me, please hear me out. By round 3, Bradford, Locker, Claussen, McCoy will all probably be gone. Tebow may as well, but if he is there at the top of round 3, you almost HAVE to take him.

    I keep hearing about his mechanics and delivery. Trust me, these are things that can be fixed at the NFL level, at least with the right coach.

    One thing you can't fix, is the desire and will to win. This guy has that in spades. He is the type of guy that will put a team on his shoulders and absolutely carry them to a win. When was the last time we had that at Rams Park?

    His footwork is not an issue, as he is very mobile and athletic. I want a guy like this on my team, the perfect example of BPA and great value at the top of round 3.

    QB alternates here include Dan LeFevour (another favorite), Tony Pike and Zac Robinson. A deep class for QBs.

    Round 4: Toby Gerhart, RB Stanford - This guy is a stud, and may fall to the top of round 4. He would be the perfect compliment and ultimate replacement for Jackson. Bruising runner and good pass catcher, plus the dude can block. He also throws the ball well.

    Options here at RB include Noel Devine, but I think round 4 is a little high for Devine because of his size. He would be a great change of pace back though.

    Alternate picks would be DE and OLB - BPA.

    Round 5.1: Roddrick Muckelroy, OLB Texas
    Round 5.2: Alex Carrington,
    -12-12-2009, 02:38 PM