If it’s one mock draft that everybody looks forward to and checks out when its released, it’s that of ESPN’s Todd McShay. Yesterday McShay released his third mock draft and mocked the Rams an unlikely pair of players.
South Carolina Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney
If Clowney doesn’t go No. 1 to the Texans, the Rams will be ecstatic for two reasons: One, it would drive up the trade value for the No. 2 pick (at No. 6, the Falcons are one potential trade partner); and two, if the Rams don’t get a trade offer that makes sense, they’ll have the opportunity to take the best player in this draft and transform a good, young defense into an exceptional one. Yes, I know that the Rams already have a very good defensive line (and O-line was an issue last season), but in today’s NFL, when you’re defending the pass as much as teams are, being able to rotate your D-linemen or move a guy like Robert Quinn inside to rush the quarterback on passing downs would be a huge asset. Second down is the new third down. Greg Robinson is the pick if Clowney goes first.
As happy as the Rams would be if Clowney dropped, I’m not sure the Rams would take him. The Rams have Long and Quinn as their top two defensive ends and then they just re-signed Williams Hayes last season to fill the spot that McShay is talking about. You can never have too many pass rushers, but you don’t draft a rotational player number two overall.
With the 13th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select…
Louisville Safety Calvin Pryor
Rams fans probably don’t love me for taking two defensive players with their first-rounders in this mock, but they need a safety and Pryor is a good value here as the top-ranked safety on our board. He is a hammer in run support and shows good range in zone coverage. There isn’t an offensive tackle worth taking at No. 13 in this scenario, so trading back might be an option as there’s good depth at the position later in the first round and early in the second. They can address the skill positions later, as this is a deep draft for RBs and WRs in the middle rounds.
McShay, it’s not that we don’t love you, it’s just that we don’t agree with you. Although Pryor could work in the Rams system, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix is still the better fit. Both are great choices, but when it comes down to it, I think the Rams would select the Alabama safety.
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