October 13, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers safety Eric Reid (1) celebrates with cornerback Tharold Simon (24) safety Craig Loston (6), and cornerback Jalen Mills (28) following a win over the South Carolina Gamecocks at Tiger Stadium. LSU won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Mock Draft: The St. Louis Rams Select...

Much like the Presidential elections or the Olympic Games, it is never too early to start talking about the NFL Draft, especially now that the league has entered the final quarter of the regular season. The lovely writers at FanSided.com will be releasing a weekly mock draft from now until the big day in April, which you can check out by following this link.

While the St. Louis Rams are still technically in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs, odds are that the team will be picking somewhere in the 15-18 range. So without further ado, “With the 13th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams have selected…”

Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan

Sam Bradford needs any help he can get and the Rams can start by adding a monster tackle to protect the guy they drafted to be their franchise quarterback. The jury is still out on Bradford, but adding an imposing tackle like Lewan would go a long way in helping Bradford’s progress.

Personally, the St. Louis Rams should be focusing on the defensive side of the ball with this pick, unless there is some “can’t miss” playmaker that falls this far on the board. However, if the Rams do choose to make another investment in the offensive line for Sam Bradford, I doubt you will hear many complaints from the St. Louis faithful. Barry Richardson is currently ranked as the 12th worst tackle in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. But, after acquiring Wayne Hunter from the Jets and Chris Williams from Chicago, the Rams may already have a player that can step in an relieve Barry at the end of the season… or, hopefully, sooner.

Typically, now is the point where we would go on to explain why Lewan would be the right selection for the St. Louis Rams to make with the 13th pick. Instead, we are going to bypass that for this week and move on to more important matters. What might those be? Well, in each of this years’ mock drafts, the Rams will get to dissect two players, courtesy of Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskin.

So, “With their first second pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams have selected…”

 Eric Reid, Safety, LSU

The Rams are beginning to turn things around and anytime you have multiple first-round picks you need to go with the best player available strategy. At this point in the draft, with a safety class that lacks depth, it would make sense to pull the trigger on a safety like Reid. Pairing him up with Cortland Finnegan in the Rams secondary could form a great duo for the future.

*BAM* That is the sound of the mocker for this draft hitting the nail on the head.  Safety is easily the biggest concern for the St. Louis Rams heading into April. After this season, Craig Dahl will be sorely missed, mainly because he was the easy scapegoat, and the likely culprit, for a majority of the Rams defensive woes over the last season and a half. Many had hoped that Darian Stewart would fully recover from injury and line up next to Mikell in the secondary, but that does not appear to be happening this season.

Reid is the top ranked safety on a majority of boards, for now. NFLDraftScout.com raised concerns about his ability to control his aggressiveness and intensity on the field. He is a big bodied safety, measuring in at 6ft, 2in tall and weighing 212 lbs., who loves to play up in the box and make crushing hits on the ball carrier. Reid is the type of safety that will make wide receiver not want to go across the middle on a slant or crossing route, and make them pay for it if they do. The LSU star is the prototype of the player that Jeff Fisher prefers in his secondary. The St. Louis Rams genuinely need a safety with basic coverage skills and the ability to read-and-react on the field, but not at the expense of someone who is strong in run support; Reid can be both.

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  • johnforamerica

    “the St. Louis Rams should be focusing on the defensive side of the ball with this pick” – Whaaaaaa?! Can I get an explanation for this? The defense has MARKEDLY outperformed the offense this season…


      John, my man! Will gladly give you my explanation…

      You will absolutely get no disagreement from me that the the defense is, easily, the most talented unit on the St. Louis Rams. They have outperformed the offense in nearly every game this season, and, aside from Zuerlein, were the only reason that the Rams were able to overtake the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday.

      With that being said, you can win the NFL without having a dominating offense, but simply cannot take home the big game without being solid defensively (unless there is a Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers manning your backfield). Safety is easily the St. Louis Rams “biggest” concern, and is the reason for a number of the losses this season. Craig Dahl is the weak spot in the secondary, and has been primarily responsible for nearly every big play from the opposing team.

      Against the Washington Redskins, he was responsible for deep ball that Griffin tossed to Hankerson. He got burnt in Miami to the corner in the loss to the Dolphins. He missed a should-have-been tackle on Crabtree in the first matchup with the 49ers, all of which results in touchdowns. The Rams will be able to play with the 49ers, Vikings, and Seahawks of the world; teams rely heavily on the run game and their defense for wins, because that is the style of game that Fisher will play in St. Louis. However, pass oriented offenses will continue to dominate the Rams unless they find a safety with the ability to play in a basic 2-deep, man under defensive scheme, or handle man-to-man coverage on a five receiver set. Dahl lacks a nose for the ball or the instincts necessary to play safety in the NFL. No team can win consistently with a massive hole in the last line of the defense, the secondary.

      My person believe is that they offense is one that has all the necessarily tools it needs to succeed. Outside of Barry Richardson, the offensive line is one of the strongest units in the leauge, and I wouldn’t trade Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson for any combination of backs in the league right now. Sam Bradford has shown that he can put the team in position to win at the end of the ball game, and with some help from his receivers, could be one of the most proficient quarterbacks in the NFL. That only leaves the receivers and tight ends… I firmly believe that Danny Amendola, Lance Kendricks, and Chris Givens are the base for the receiving core. The Rams are still missing a “true” #1 receiver! However, I have not given up on Brian Quick as the man for the job just yet.Terrell Owen only caught 35 passes his rookie season as speed of the game after coming from a second tier college program. Isaac Bruce caught only 21 passes, and played in only 12 games. Reggie Wayne caught only 27 balls in 13 games. If you are on the Brian Quick bandwagon, what position would you want the Rams to draft here? There is no real “can’t miss” player in this years draft…

      We win games with defense, and with solid additions at Weakside Outside Linebacker and Strong Safety, there will be absolutely no hole, which will help the young receiver and young quarterback to win games.

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  • jason

    Jeff Fisher has said and believes that you should never draft an O-lineman in the first couple of rounds! So please no more mock NFL draft picks having the Rams draft an O-lineman it won’t happen at least until the 3rd round earliest.