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.