September15, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; California Golden Bears wide receiver Keenan Allen (21) breaks a tackle attempted by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Orhian Johnson (19) at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Mock Draft (Post-Super Bowl Edition): The St. Louis Rams Select...


Now that the Super Bowl is over, all of football will shift their focus to next season, or, more specifically, the coming offseason. With the Combine, Pro Days, and the NFL Draft all on the calendar in the coming months, there will be plenty to keep even the hungriest of football fans satisfied. One of those main courses for avid readers will undoubtedly be mock drafts, which have been circulating since the three-quarter mark of the regular season. However, there is nothing like the first mock draft of the official offseason! Instead of boring you with only one mock, we at Ramblin’ Fan have scoured the web for any and all drafts, and will put them all right here for your viewing pleasure


Bleacher Reports: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft: Fresh Predictions After the Super Bowl

16. Chance Warmack (G), Alabama

Rams fans are well aware that Jeff Fisher has never drafted an offensive lineman in the first round. That pattern strongly indicates that Fisher believes mid-round linemen can be developed into solid starters and that a strong unit can be formed without sacrificing high draft picks. The Rams passed on David DeCastro after he fell in their lap last year, so it’s possible they’ll once again refuse the temptation of drafting an elite guard. However, Sam Bradford cannot afford to wait for long-term developmental projects to come around. He needs high-end support immediately. Chance Warmack is the best interior lineman in the draft and would be an immediate starter next to Rodger Saffold on the blindside. Additionally, a combination of Warmack, Scott Wells and Harvey Dahl in the middle would instantly give the Rams one of the best interior offensive lines in the NFL. Warmack fills a need and would clearly be the best player available at No. 16 overall.

22. Keenan Allen (WR), Cali

There has been plenty of hype on Cordarrelle Patterson out of Tennessee and he is currently being viewed as the best play-making receiver in this draft, which may turn out to be true. But Patterson could be long gone before the Rams are even on the board. And even if he’s not, does St. Louis really need to use a high pick on another project at wide receiver? The Rams used the 2012 No. 33 overall pick on Brian Quick—a complete non-factor in 2012—and there’s still hope he’ll turn into a weapon in the near future. In the meantime, another long-term investment is not the answer. The Rams would be better off selecting an NFL-ready receiver who can contribute immediately, which is what they’d be getting with Keenan Allen. Allen could very well be the best receiver of the draft, and his 6’3″ height gives the offense a weapon on the outside. This gives St. Louis a promising option at receiver while Quick continues to develop. And long-term, if Allen and Quick both pan out, it would result in a very potent aerial attack in the future.


SB Nation: 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Super Bowl mock brings changes

16. Chance Warmack (G), Alabama

Rams fans would be doing backflips if Chance Warmack is still available at the No. 16 pick. He’s one of the best draft prospects to come along in some time and has more than enough ability to warrant selection in the top half of the first round.

22. Keenan Allen (WR), Cali

Keenan Allen’s late-season injury is causing him to go unnoticed in the pre-draft process. Make no mistake, Allen is the best wide receiver in this class and a steal this late in the first round. He battled maddening quarterback play this past season, but he is a physical wideout with the speed to stretch the defense deep.


USA Today: 2013 NFL mock draft: Who will be No. 1 pick?

16. Jonathan Cooper (G), North Carolina

Plain and simple, the Rams’ offensive line needs help. Cooper improves the run blocking and most important upgrades the protection of quarterback Sam Bradford.

22. Kenny Vaccaro (S), Texas

Despite shoring up the corners in the secondary last year, center field remains a problem for the Rams. Vaccaro is a rangy safety.


Fantasy Knuckleheads: Mel Kiper 2013 Mock Draft, Rays Tannock’s Take

16. Mel’s Pick: Kenny Vaccaro (S), Texas; Ray’s Pick: Jonathan Cooper (G), North Carolina

The Rams absolutely need help up front if they are to get better at protecting Sam Bradford. After Warmack goes, Cooper is really the only other quality talent on the board before the floor gives way. They can concentrate on defense later in the second round.

22. Mel’s Pick: D.J. Fluker (OT), Alabama; Ray’s Pick: Kenny Varraco (S), Texas

It’s hard to suggest passing on Fluker here, but if Varraco is still available I can certainly see the Rams pulling the trigger on him after missing him earlier. This move would solidify a very dangerous defense in the making and possibly elevate them to elite status in time.


CBS Sports: 2013 Mock Drafts (2/4/2013)

Rob Rang’s Mock:

16. Chance Warmack (G), Alabama

Just a few years ago using a top-20 pick on an interior lineman might have seemed silly. The need to protect the quarterback, however, has changed everything and few understand that better than St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher. Warmack is viewed by some talent evaluators as the safest prospect in the 2013 draft.

22. Matt Elam (S), Florida

The Rams struck gold a year ago in free agency and the draft at the cornerback position, landing not only veteran Cortland Finnegan and rookie sensation Janoris Jenkins. While the boundaries appear more secure, the deep middle continued to be a problem for St. Louis. Head coach Jeff Fisher’s defenses have always featured physical defensive backs and they don’t come much tougher or more aggressive than Elam.

Dane Brugler’s Mock:

16. Lane Johnson (OT), Oklahoma

The Rams still have hopes that Sam Bradford will get back on track, but the front office will need to add blockers in order to protect the former No. 1 overall pick. Johnson is a former QB, TE and DE who is still growing at the offensive tackle position, but he showcased top-20 ability in Mobile.

22. Kenny Vaccaro (S), Texas

The Rams upgraded their cornerbacks last season through free agency (Cortland Finnegan) and the draft (Janoris Jenkins) and should look at safety this off-season. Although he needs to do a better job breaking down in space, Vaccaro’s versatility will be an attractive attribute in the top-25.


WalterFootball: 2013 NFL Mock Draft – Charlie Campbell

16. Chance Warmack (G), Alabama

The Rams need to improve their offensive line, and Warmack is the best lineman available.

Warmack (6-3, 320) entered this season having started two years at guard for the Crimson Tide. He is a powerful road grader who did an excellent job of opening up holes for the Alabama running game in 2011. Warmack played better in the rematch against LSU than he did in the regular-season contest.

The senior was dominant in the Crimson Tide’s 2012 season opener against the Wolverines. Warmack blasted open holes in the ground game and protected his quarterback well. He had some pass-protection issues against Western Kentucky, but bounced back against Arkansas.

Warmack played well against Ole Miss, Missouri and Tennessee. He didn’t play as well versus Mississippi State, but rebounded with a nice performance against LSU. Warmack was beaten for a sack by Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins, but helped the Crimson Tide to a huge night on the ground against the Bulldogs. Warmack capped his career with a dominant showing against Notre Dame in the National Championship.

22. Kenny Vaccaro (S), Texas

This isn’t the sexiest set of first-rounders for St. Louis, but they have landed the No.1-rated guard and the No. 1-rated safety. The Rams have to improve their safety play, and Vaccaro is a good fit in their defense. He could be a nice play-maker alongside St. Louis’ talented cornerbacks.

Vaccaro is an underrated prospect and is the consensus top safety in a talented class. He has good instincts and a lot of range.

Vaccaro had 67 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, seven passes broken up and two interceptions in 2011. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder was an All-Big XII First-Team pick that season. The senior totaled 96 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, five passes broken up, two interceptions and two forced fumbles this year. He also had some nice pass rushes on blitzes. Vaccaro led Texas in tackles.


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