Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

1st Round Prospects To Watch At The Combine


This upcoming Saturday the NFC Combine will begin and future NFL prospects will get to showcase their skills to scouts and try their best to improve their draft stock. Every day leading up to the combine we are going to tell you three players to watch in each round that the Rams draft in. Today we will break down the first round and players you should keep an eye on.

*Because the Rams have two picks in the first round we will break down five players to watch.

 

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

A source close to the Rams told Bleacher Report’s Mat Miller that the team is in fact  sending scouts to Clemson to interview coaches about wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Les Snead was quoted earlier this offseason saying that the Rams did not need a number one wide receiver, but it looks like they are interested in Wakins, and why wouldn’t they be?

Watkins is an explosive playmaker, something that the Rams are in desperate need for. Watkins would be a nice complement to Tavon Austin on the the outside and finally give Bradford a legitimate target.

Watkins plans to do every drill and run the 40-yard-dash at the combine next week. When asked war his 40-prediction was, Watkins said that he plans the “shock the world”. Adding Watkins could give the Rams the fastest trio of receivers in the league with Givens and Austin already on the roster.

 

DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Now as much as Rams fans may not want to hear it, if Clowney is available and the Rams can’t trade back and Clowney proves in his workouts this offseason that he is in fact the best player in the draft, then the Rams should and very well could take Clowney.

Not only should you watch Clowney because he could be in blue and gold next season, but this guy is a physical monster and could mesmerize you with the numbers that he puts up in the drills. Where Clowney will really prove that he is the best player in the draft is in the interviews. Does he have the motivation and drive to be an NFL player?

 

OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

Greg Robinson has skyrocketed up draft boards over the past month and is now considered the best tackle in the draft over tackle Jake Matthews. In the combine, Robinson has a chance to continue to move up draft boards and possibly even solidify himself as the best tackle in the draft.

If the Rams take an offensive lineman in the first round Robinson could be it. He fits the exact mold that the Rams offense is as an identity being the best run blocking tackle in the draft. If the Rams lose Saffold, Robinson may be the way to go.

 

CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan St.

The Rams very likely could lose their “number one” corner back in Cortland Finnegan in the next couple of weeks. Dennard could come in and fill that hole for the Rams. The Rams are going to have to address the secondary at least once in the draft and Dennard in the first round would be a great option.

Dennard was a shutdown corner at Michigan St. but the one downside that he has is his speed. He isn’t as fast as Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert. If Dennard runs a bad 40-time he could slide down boards, if not he could be an option for the Rams if they trade back from the 13 spot.

 

S Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama

The Rams have an empty spot at safety and Clinton-Dix seems like he is destined to go to the Rams, especially with the signing of defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams. Clinton-Dix is the type of hybrid safety that Williams likes and would be a perfect fit.

Clinton-Dix is the best safety in the draft, and the best safety that fits the Rams. The Rams secondary could drastically improve and solidify with the a standout guy like the Alabama star.

 

Well Rams fans, there you have it, five first round guys to keep an eye on during the combine. The Rams have limitless options in the first round and these are only five of them.

 

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