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In the 2014 NFL Draft The St. Louis Rams Select…


Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL former player Kevin Faulk (left) announces the fifty-second overall pick to the New England Patriots with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Each week here on Ramblin’ Fan we will be featuring a mock draft from one of the other sites on the Fansided network. This one comes from With The First Pick which is a full two round mock draft.

 

With The Second Pick In The 2014 NFL Draft The St. Louis Rams Select… OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M.

 

The Rams have a decision to make on Sam Bradford and the substantial amount of money they are on the hook for with him.  Bradford has shown ability when he has been healthy but cannot seem to be healthy long enough to really develop a rhythm from week to week.  Jeff Fisher says he believes in Bradford, so they opt to give him more protection and that his run of leg injuries end.  Matthews also gives them insurance as Jake Long has had a bad run of injuries himself.  Matthews can play at left tackle and the Rams have a much better starting five that can help them run and pass better.

 

Jeff Fisher has never drafted an offensive lineman in the first round, but he does have a connection with Matthews as he is the son of hall of famed Bruce Matthews who played for the Oilers/Titans under Fisher.

The only way I see the Rams doing this is if they don’t have confidence in Barksdale as being their right tackle or they are unable to resign Rodger Saffold in the offseason. If the Rams are unable to trade down, Matthews is an option, but I have the Rams taking UCLA OLB Anthony Barr.

 

With The 14th Pick Of The 2014 NFL Draft, The St. Louis Rams Select…. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon.

Janoris Jenkins has been a good player for the Rams, but Cortland Finnegan has been a disaster and that contract an abomination.  Olomu, should he declare, has terrific feet and the ability to make plays on the football and being put in a dome should be a great fit to run with the NFC West receivers.  HavingChris Long and Robert Quinn going after the quarterback should create opportunities for Olomu to jump plays and cause turnovers.

I do believe the Rams address the secondary here and if they don’t try to trade down a couple of places to get Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, they will draft Oklahoma St. CB Justin Gilbert or Expre-Olomu.

Clinton-Dix is a lot more likely here for the Rams as their is a huge drop off in talent at the safety position after Clinton-Dix. Cortland Finnegan has probably seen his last days as a Ram, and the Rams are going to have to replace him, but they can get a cornerback in the second round.

 

With The 45th Pick Of the 2014 NFL Draft The St. Louis Rams Seclect….QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M.

The Rams draft an insurance policy for Bradford after all.  Manziel will only have 26 games under his belt when he comes out of college and has a lot of areas to develop in terms of mechanics and decision making.  The fit in a dome and with the talent the Rams have is a good one for Manziel and there is clearly talent there with him, but he is best suited not to play right away if possible.  With Braford there, he can hopefully just work on his craft and develop, but should Bradford be injured again, they have someone with a little more talent than Kellen Clemens waiting on the bench.

It would be a miracle if Johnny Manziel falls out of the top 20 let alone the first round, and even if he does fall to Rams in the second round Im not sure they would take him. I believe the Rams wait until the third or fourth round to take a quarterback, if they were to even take one.

Right here though, I think the Rams more than likely address the secondary once again if they got Clinton-Dix in the first round, this time taking a cornerback. If they took a cornerback in the first round however offensive tackle or defensive tackle could be an option.

 

A lot is going to happen before the draft, players will rise and fall after pro days and the combine and needs will change after free agency. This just gives an idea of what direction the Rams might go come April.

Tags: St. Louis Rams

  • ramfan1975

    Fish doesn’t draft o-lineman in the first,second or third round.get used to it.

    • Blaine Grisak

      Ya, even if they fail to resign Saffold they could go after a guy in free agency. The only scenario I see them taking an o-lineman, especially that high, is if they miss out on Saffold and a guy in free agency. They will have to take one at some point though as I don’t believe Wells or Dahl will be back next year

  • ramfan1975

    They had better re – sign saffold.he is a beast at guard,he trashes linebackers just steam rolls them. he does get hurt semi often (maybe a little to much). But he deserves a decent pay day and he hasn’t gotten hurt at guard.yes we need more o-lineman.they will find some and make them better.

    • Blaine Grisak

      It’s all going to depend on if the Rams are going to be willing to pay what Saffold wants. I hope they can resign him, he is a big part of the o-line.

  • ramfan1975

    There gonna tell saffold to get quotes. Then see if they can match it.i hope they do.

  • Raymer

    Hmm 1 major injury in four seasons means you’re “injury prone?” Interesting.

    • Blaine Grisak

      If you’re referring to the Johnny Manziel pick quotes, to be fair that wasn’t my evaluation, and also to be fair with the evaluation Bradford does have a history with injuries e.g his shoulder in college, his ankle in his sophomore season, and now his ACL. However, I am a strong believer in Bradford and I believe the Rams extend his contract to three years. They do need a safety net though in case Bradford were to go down again. If Clemens does not come back they will more than likely draft a kid in the mid to late rounds

      • Raymer

        I understand. I have heard a decent amount of doubt regarding Bradford’s ability as the rams quarterback. I agree the rams need a quarterback as an insurance policy as I believe you suggested. However I think we would wait till rounds three or four (I think you also suggested). I honestly think Bradford is pretty battle tested. His rookie season he took every snap of every offensive possession and was hit a lot. I agree I think a contract extension is in his future. I’m excIted to see Bradford next season, especially after he played this season.

  • Beer O’Clock

    Like others, I would be stunned if Manziel was available at #45.

    If he was available, the Rams would be foolish not to take him. He’s a project, no doubt, but the Rams could easily give him time to develop. He has intangibles you’re not going to get from other QBs coming out of college.

    • Blaine Grisak

      Ya like I mentioned I doubt he makes it out of the first round. He has a small chance of even going in the top 10. If he does drop though, he would definitely be a good safety net if Bradford doesn’t overcome his ACL injury.