The Rams pick from the Washington Redskins continues to get higher and higher. With the loss to the Falcons, the Rams are now in sole possession of the number two overall pick. With playoff hopes gone, all eyes are on where the Rams will be picking come the draft. Here is the updated draft order after week 15:
|2||St. Louis Rams (WAS)||3||11||0.520|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||10||0.577|
|11||New York Giants||5||9||0.551|
|13||New York Jets||6||8||0.500|
|14||St. Louis Rams||6||8||0.556|
|16||San Diego Chargers*||7||7||0.495|
|18||Green Bay Packers||7||6||1||0.454|
|23||Cleveland Browns (IND)||9||5||0.480|
|26||New England Patriots||10||4||0.474|
|28||San Francisco 49ers||10||4||0.508|
|29||New Orleans Saints||10||4||0.526|
|30||Kansas City Chiefs||11||3||0.408|
**Tie-breaker would be determined by a coin flip
As you can see from the table above, the Rams would be selecting at number two and number 14. That’s not too shabby at all, and the Rams are in perfect position to improve greatly this offseason.
With the number two pick, it would be my best guess that the Rams are going to do their absolute best to get out of this pick. There are many trade options, but one that makes sense is the Browns, Jaguars, Buccaneers depending of the coaching situation, or Vikings moving up to get ahead of Oakland to draft a top quarterback.
The most obvious trade option is Cleveland just because they have the most to give up with their spare first round pick this year. The Rams could end up with three first round picks, but enough speculating.
What if the Rams can’t get a deal done and are forced to choose at number two? Here I believe the Rams go with UCLA line back Anthony Barr. Barr is a great defensive prospect and would make an immediate impact on the defense. Jake Matthews would also make sense even though Fisher has never drafted a lineman in the first round.
At 14 this get a little big tricky. The Rams have a lot of options here, as much as I would like the Rams to draft Marquise Lee, I don’t think he is available here, and as much as I would like them to take Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, 14 is a reach.
The Rams will either try to trade down to get Clinton-Dix or draft Oklahoma St. cornerback Justin Gilbert. Cortland Finnegan has more than likely seen his last days as a Ram, and the Rams will need to add a top player to help out what has been a troubling secondary at times.
You have to hope the Rams can get Clinton-Dix here, because if they don’t the talent level in safety drops significantly after him where as the Rams can still get a pretty good cornerback in the second round.