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St. Louis Rams Final Draft Selections and Mock

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For the most part the draft order is set in stone except for those teams headed to the playoffs. With the Redskins losing the Rams officially will have the number two overall pick. Here’s how the draft order shook out:

 

1. Houston Texans – 2-14 (.559)
2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) – 3-13 (.516)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – 4-12 (.504)
4. Cleveland Browns – 4-12 (.516)
5. Oakland Raiders – 4-12 (.523)
6. Atlanta Falcons – 4-12 (.553)
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4-12 (.574)
8. Minnesota Vikings – 5-10-1 (.512)
9. Buffalo Bills – 6-10 (.520)
10. Detroit Lions – 7-9 (.457)
11. Tennessee Titans – 7-9 (.504)
12. New York Giants – 7-9 (.520)
13. St. Louis Rams – 7-9 (.551)
14. Chicago Bears – 8-8 (.465)
15. Pittsburgh Steelers – 8-8 (.469)
16 or 17. Baltimore Ravens – 8-8 (.484)
16 or 17. Dallas Cowboys – 8-8 (.484)
18. New York Jets – 8-8 (.488)
19. Miami Dolphins – 8-8 (.523)
20. Arizona Cardinals – 10-5 (.529)

Teams 21-32 are in the playoffs. Elimination will determine the proper order, so they’re only ordered by record.

21. Green Bay Packers – 8-7-1 (.553)
22. San Diego Chargers – 9-7 (.496)
23. Philadelphia Eagles – 10-6 (.453)
24. Kansas City Chiefs – 11-5 (.445)
25. Cincinnati Bengals – 11-5 (.480)
26. Cleveland Browns (via Indianapolis Colts) – 11-5 (.484)
27. New Orleans Saints – 11-5 (.516)
28. New England Patriots – 12-4 (.473)
29. Carolina Panthers – 12-4 (.494)
30. San Francisco 49ers – 12-4 (.494)
31. Denver Broncos – 13-3 (.469)
32. Seattle Seahawks – 13-3 (.490)

 

Obviously, you have to assume the Rams are going to try and trade out of the number two overall pick. The Browns, Raiders, or Vikings would be probably trade candidates, preferably the Browns as they have an extra first round pick to deal. However if the Rams cannot trade out of the number two pick, here’s who I have the Rams taking in the 2013 NFL Draft:

 

With The Number Two Pick In The 2013 NFL Draft, The St. Louis Rams Select…

Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M

Jeff Fisher has never taken an offensive lineman in the first round but I think that changes here. If the Rams can retain Saffold more than likely they will keep him at right guard and with Jake Long’s injury, the Rams need some depth on the offensive line.

Matthews could jump in right away and play across from Long or even play in for Long if he can’t go right away next season.

Another option here for the Rams would be outside linebacker Anthony Barr. I think it is unlikely that Dunbar will return and adding a talent like Barr would give the Rams one of, if not the best, front seven in the NFL.

 

With The 13th Pick In The 2013 NFL Draft, The St. Louis Rams Select…

 

Ha-Ha Clinton Dix S Alabama

The Rams need a safety to play across from McDonald and replace McLeod. If they take a safety here and then a cornerback in the second round, the Rams would solidify their secondary.

Other options here would be Notre Dame DT Nix III, one of the top wide receivers, if they are available, or CB Justin Gilbert.

 

 

A lot will happen between now and the 2013 NFL draft. Free Agency and trades will definitely shake things up, but as of right now, this is how I think things will shake out.

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