The offseason for the Rams is in full force now as Les Snead has came out of hibernation and is speaking quite actively. The Rams general manager has said already came out and said that the number two overall pick that the team holds is for sale, but needs to be prepared if they can’t trade it away.
“I think they’re always open,” Snead said, via theSt. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I don’t want to sit here and go — guess what, we’re trading back no matter what. You’ve always got to prepare for if you’re there and nobody wants to trade.”
With that being said, if the Rams can’t trade back, who should the Rams take with the second overall pick. Here are three options the Rams could consider:
Clemson, WR, Sammy Watkins
This may be a bit of a reach, but with the combine and pro days still upcoming, Watkins’ draft stock could rise. If the team really wants a number one receiver with the prototypical blend of height, weight and top-end speed, Watkins may just be the way to go.
Watkins had 101 catches for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, as well as a record breaking performance in the Orange Bowl against Ohio St.
Texas A&M, OT, Jake Matthews
Jeff Fisher has never taken an offensive lineman in the first round of the draft, and I wouldn’t expect that to change this year. However, Matthews is the son of Bruce Matthews, long time offensive lineman for the Oilers/Titans while Fisher was the coach.
If the Rams can’t escape the number two overall pick, it should be something that they consider. The Rams have a lot of questions surrounding the offensive line, and if they want Bradford to come off of his injury and take the next step, solidifying the offensive line should be priority number one.
UCLA, LB, Anthony Barr
I believe Barr is last case scenario for the Rams. Barr doesn’t really fit the Rams system as he is more of a 3-4 outside linebacker, but there is no doubt that Barr is one of the best players available.
Barr has above-average height and length with adequate bulk for a 3-4 OLB prospect and appears to have a muscular frame with top-end speed for his position. Barr is more of a pass rusher, but could develop to occasionally go into coverage if needed.
If the Rams stay true to “the best player available” tactic of drafting, Barr definitely fits that mold. The Rams also will have a need at outside linebacker. Adding Barr could give the Rams the best front seven in the NFL.
Trading back would obviously be a best case scenario for the Rams. Adding more picks would be ideal. However, there is no guarantee that a team will trade up, and if that does not happen the Rams will obviously need to be prepared for either scenario.