Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

With The 16th and 22nd Pick The St. Louis Rams Select...

Draft day is only two days away and by now fans are just ready for the big day to begin and see which top college prospects will be wearing their teams uniform come this fall. The Rams are in a good situation having two picks in the first round and three picks in the first 50. The Rams have a lot of options which makes it hard to predict what they will do, and the Rams are one of those teams that could make a trade, which makes it even harder. Either way this will be my final mock draft before the actual draft on Thursday night.

With the 16th pick of the 2013 NFL draft the St. Louis Rams select…Alec Ogletree, OLB Georgia. Ogletree would be a solid option for the Rams at 16 and would fill the gaping hole that the Rams have at OLB. If the Rams added Ogletree, their linebacker trio would be solid as the Rams already have Laurinaitis and Dunbar. Ogletree has a few kinks to work out, but which college prospect doesn’t. Ogletree would be a solid option and would be able to help run down Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick running the read option.

Other options the Rams have are Vaccaro, Austin, Patterson, and Warmack. If these players are still available do no be surprised if the Rams jumped on one of them, however it is very likely that they could all be gone. Even they are all on the board, the Rams can still get a good safety and wide receiver later in the draft and  Fisher isn’t known for drafting offensive lineman in the first round.

With the 22nd pick of the 2013 NFL draft the St, Louis Rams select…DeAndre Hopkins, WR Clemson. Hopkins would be another solid option for the Rams, Hopkins is the receiver the Rams have been looking for and would be able to step in and contribute right away. Hopkins, like Ogletree needs to be fixed up in a few areas, but he does have the potential to be a great player. Hopkins would be able to be the number one receiver the Rams have been searching for since Holt and Bruce left, and would be a perfect fit in the NFC West.

Other options for the Rams at 22 are Kenny Vaccaro, Keenan Allen, and Eddie Lacy. Vaccaro could possibly be gone and Allen’s draft stock has fallen quite a bit in the past few months and the Rams could possibly get Lacy when they pick at 46, but they could also wait to get Lattimore or another physical back later in the draft.

If the Rams ended day one with Ogletree and Hopkins, Rams fans should be jumping for joy. The Rams will have made it out of round one with two really good starters who would come in and start day one which is what teams look for in a first round pick. The 2013 NFL Draft will take place at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, April 25, at 8 P.M. ET.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.dadd.7 Robert Dadd

    I think OT FLUKER is a possibility at #16 to protect Bradford…. Rams go with 2 WR Cal’s Allen at #22 and USC’s Woods at #46

  • Blaine Grisak

    Yes, I forgot to mention Fluker. He should definitely be under consideration and would make the OL very solid, possibly one of the best units in the league. Don’t know if the Rams are as interested in Allen with his injury problem, but you never know. I don’t think the Rams will go two wide receivers right away in the draft either. They have other needs to fill. If they were to go two wide receivers they would probably take one early and one late. Woods would be a nice option though if they didn’t get a WR in the first round. Thanks for the input. Go Rams!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/donna.girardi.90 Donna Girardi

    I’m not sure if you’re saying Fluker as a starting tackle option, or as a backup? If we draft him, are you assuming Saffold gets traded? First round seems kind of high for a “depth” guy to me. I’m hoping Cooper/Warmack falls to 16; or Vaccarro. Then, at 22 I would be happy enough with a WR. Blaine, are you pretty confident in Ogletree’s starting abilities? I haven’t heard that much about him. Good article, with solid cases made for your choices, I will say.

  • Blaine Grisak

    Thanks Donna! Ive heard that Fluker could work as a guard as well as tackle. Id almost prefer Cooper over Warmack, both seem like good options though if they were to fall. Im not completely sold on Vaccaro, Id almost prefer Cyprien or Reid at safety. All three would be an upgrade though and would be able to start right away. As for Ogletree, I am 100% confident in his starting abilities. I have heard had it not been for his off the field stuff he would be a top 15, top 10 pick and that he is, talent wise, the best LB in in the draft. I think our linebacking corps would be one of the best if we were to take Ogletree. Rams have proved they aren’t afraid to take players with off the field issues, so it would not surprise me if they took Ogletree.