Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft started off slow for Rams fans as the Rams traded away their second round pick to the Bills in the Tavon Austin trade, therefore the Rams would not pick until the 71st selection. This did not mean that the draft was not full of excitement however. Geno Smith and Manti Te’o were finally selected and Eddie Lacy was surprisingly not the first running back selected. Quarterback Matt Barkley, who was predicted to go in the first round had he came out last year, has yet to be chosen. The first two days have been exciting and there is nothing to say day three will not be the same.
The Rams hold 4 picks on day 3. They will pick in the 16th spot in the 4th, 5th, and 6th round, they will also hold the 30th pick in the 6th round and do not hold any picks in the 7th round. The Rams have addressed most of their needs in the draft so far, improving on both sides of the ball, but they still have a few holes to fill. The Rams still need to select a physical running back. Some depth at OLB, OL, and S would also be nice. Here are three players the Rams should consider on day three.
Had it not been for multiple knee injuries, experts say Lattimore would have no doubt been the best running back in the draft and would definitely have gone in the 1st round. Lattimore however suffered injury after injury in his college career therefore dropping his draft stock. Lattimore fits exactly what the Rams are looking for in a running back, and would be a perfect replacement for Steven Jackson. Lattimore is a physical back that has good speed, but still pick up yards after contact. Lattimore is also good in pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield. Lattimore played only 9 games last season but still managed to run for 662 yards and 11 TD. If the Rams drafted Lattimore he would more than likely have to start the season on the PUP list and possibly even sit out the whole season to be completely healthy, but if you are looking for a good back for the future, Lattimore should be in consideration. If the Rams end up passing on Lattimore, Jonathan Franklin from UCLA would be a nice second option.
After signing Jake Long in free agency the Rams seem to have a solid offensive line, however it never hurts to have depth. There have been years where the Rams have struggled to keep offensive lineman healthy and having depth would have helped. Barrett Jones would add just that. Jones played center on a dominant Alabama line in college, but could play any position on the offensive line. Scott Wells and Harvey Dahl are not getting any younger either, therefore having a replacement ready would be nice. Jones has been compared to being a player similar to Bruce Matthews. If Jones played anything close to the player that Matthews was, the Rams would be getting a steal this late in the draft.
The Rams got one safety day one in T.J. McDonald, however it has been said that McDonald is a big hitter, but doesn’t cover well. Rambo however has great ball skills and had 16 INT in his college career. The Rams need to add more than one safety this offseason and Rambo would be a solid option. Rambo was considered a second to third round pick in the months leading up to the draft, so there is some good value along with need here if the Rams were to take Rambo.
All of these players except for maybe Lattimore are depth players which is really what you are looking for in the later rounds. If the kid ends up surprising you and becomes a stud, then that’s great, but teams that have good depth win championships. The Rams are making their way to becoming a contender, therefore depth is necessary, and these players would add just that and be great additions to the St. Louis Rams.