Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Post-Rodger Saffold Mock Draft: St. Louis Rams Re-Focus On Skill Spots


Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

 

In the NFL, the signing of a single player in free agency can drastically effect the outlook of a team heading in the draft. For the St. Louis Rams, that reality may have been fully realized over the last couple of days, as interior lineman after interior lineman dropped from the depth chart. In a 48 hour period, the Rams went from being “two deep” at guard to nearly empty; cutting Harvey Dahl, losing Rodger Saffold and Chris Williams in free agency, and waiting for Shelley Smith to finish his three-team tour on the East Coast.

However, is a dramatic “mishap” with the Oakland Raiders, the St. Louis Rams re-signed Saffold from the clutches of the Black Hole, and appear primed to re-sign Shelley Smith, assuming he leaves Miami without signing a contract. So, with the interior of the Rams offensive line no longer the “main issue” headed into May, how will the Rams approach this talent-filled draft class?

 

With the No.8 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select…

Mike Evans, WR (Texas A&M)

Given the Oakland Raiders current situation at offensive tackle, they may have no choice but to trade up to the No.2 spot in the draft to guarantee the selection of Greg Robinson, the nearly consensus top lineman prospect in the class. With that move out of the way, and under the reasonable assumption that the Texans, Jaguars, and Browns all target a quarterback with their selection, the St. Louis Rams will be sitting at No.5 overall with both Khalil Mack and Jadeveon Clowney on the board. While Atlanta might have the connection to Les Snead, the Minnesota Vikings could easily put together the best offer to jump up the board and snag their “top defensive player” the class. The double trade down should leave the St. Louis Rams with plenty to smile about heading into Day 2 of the 2014 Draft, and even more to smile about looking ahead to 2015!

With Sammy Watkins going to the Tampa Bay Bucaneers at No.7, the Rams are in prime position to take Mike Evans, the receiver quickly making his way into the Top 10 on most reputable analysts’ “Big Boards.” Evans was extremely impressive at the NFL Scouting Combine, showing off impressive straight-line speed to pair with his unmatched catch radius and “high-point” catching ability. The other half of the Johnny Manziel Show at A&M fills an immediate need on the outside for the St. Louis Rams, with 1) his ability to make catches down the field, 2) the speed and athleticism to be “open,” even with undeveloped separation skills, and 3) his ability to block on the outside for the Chris Givens and Tavon Austins of the world.

Evans is the receiver the Rams have been searching for since Torry Holt left for Jacksonville!

 

With the No.13 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select….

Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S (Alabama)

While the Rams might dabble with potential trade suitors for the No.13, the fear of potentially missing “their guy” in the No.15 to No.18 range might force Les Snead and Jeff Fisher to stay in the Top 15. After missing out in the 2014 free safety sweepstakes, the St. Louis Rams now can take the top free safety prospect in the draft class; HaHa Clinton-Dix. The rangy ball-hawking defensive back in ideal toy for Gregg Williams aggressive defense. The former Crimson Tide will pair nicely with T.J. McDonald  in the deep secondary and provide the over-the-top support that Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson severely lacked last season during the Rams safety drought. Considering the pass rushing talent in the Rams front-seven and the anticipated “arrival” of the St. Louis offense this coming season, Clinton-Dix should see his fair share of opportunities to make an immediate impact in 2014.

 

With the No.30 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select…

Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG/OT (UCLA)

While retaining Rodger Saffold should ease doubts about the St. Louis Rams offensive line in the upcoming season, it shouldn’t stop the Rams from solidifying that line with the top interior line prospect in the draft class. Measuring in at 6’4 tall, 307 lbs., Su’a-Filo is easily the most “pro-ready” of the guards in the 2014 Draft. As we mentioned in our previous breakdown of the UCLA prospect, he is…

…wonderfully put together, with excellent upper body strength, solid athleticism and flexibility, and impressive initial quickness and footwork. Su’a-Filo is an instant plug-and-plus interior lineman, who has demonstrated the ability swing out to offensive tackle in a pinch, which he did for much of last season at UCLA. The 2013 Morris Trophy winner is as “sure-fire” as you’ll get in the 2014 class, and with the coaching of offensive line guru, Paul Boudreau, and more-than-adequate talent around him on the line, Su’a-Filo could be a fixture in the Rams interior for the next decade…

However, the tricky part for the Rams might be moving into a position to secure the selection. With Zane Beadles out and Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware in, the Broncos will likely turn their search in the opening round to filling the gaping void in front of Peyton Manning. The easiest way to bypass that Denver hurdle would be a deal with the always trade-hungry San Francisco 49ers, who sit one spot above the Broncos in the order. Moving from No.44 to No.30 might cost the Rams a pick or two, but it is well worth it to finally “complete” the Rams offensive line puzzle. Moreover, the bounty gained in the trades down from No.2 should ease the pain of forking over a handful of mid- to late-rounders.

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  • Pridenpoise

    The Raiders are not about to give up picks to move up 3 spots in the pecking order.

    • tru

      U must not know who the Raiders G.m. is!!!!! He jus might be willing to give up more to the Rams than Washington gave up for RG3.

      • Pridenpoise

        I thinks it you that doesn’t know who the GM is, but don’t worry about it, we can’t all be knowledgeable in sports, there has to be room for the empty headed morons, and women. I’m not sure what category you belong in but I’m sure it’s one of the two. It’s funny St Louis gave up RGIII, and yet they don’t have a QB themselves, unless you count Bradford, who like the rest if their roster is injured more than he’s playing.

        • tru

          Obviously ur the dummy when it cums to football. Reggie McKenzie is on his way out after the worst FA he’s had wit $60 mil to get rite. And all they cum out the deal wit is Justin Tuck. (Questionable pick up anyway) O Yea, and they resigned McFadden. (Another ? mark)

          • Pridenpoise

            Obviously you’re the dummy when after 48 hrs of free agency you’re ready to declare it over, there’s your inexperience, or shall I say stupidity shining through. Now get back in your mommys basement, or finish delivering pizzas, or whatever menial job someone with your lack of intelligence does.

          • tru

            It doesn’t matter, the Rams will have a better off season and a better season than the Raiders as usual anyway. Ur jus blowing off steam. I understand, ur tired of being a loser

          • Pridenpoise

            That’s a laugh I’m tired of being a loser, let’s check out who the losers are, exactly what have the Rams won in their existence 1 Super Bowl, talk about losers, the only loser is the one your momma raised, and the Rams are going nowhere, they will once again be the doormats of the division, at least the Raiders have no where to go but up, we won 4 games last year with a 70 million in dead money being paid out what was the Lambs excuse for their shit season, besides the fact their QB is useless.

          • tru

            Lol. The only way y’all can go is up. Y’all be down so long. We be in the hunt as of lately. Y’all ain’t been shit since Rich Gannon, Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, etc. Bet u ain’t know dat huh

          • Pridenpoise

            I’ve been watching football since you’re mother was in the backseat of cars giving it away for free, The Lambs in the hunt that’s a laugh, the only thing their hunting is the scraps left over by the Cards the Seahawks and the 9ers, and this year will be know different you fool. And like I said go back to school and learn proper English, unless you’re ok pumping gas for the rest of your life you piss ant.

          • tru

            U been watching football dat long? Dat mean ya mom’s and ya pops dead. Lol, I hope Dey died slow suffering from cancer. Which means……. Ur next!!!!!

          • Pridenpoise

            Nope their alive and well, we take care of ourselves, you jealous because you don’t know who your dad is, you’re mommy couldn’t narrow it down to one of the Ten guys she f****d and sucked that weekend. Keep searching. Keep searching those trailer parks maybe you’ll find your daddy, and if your lucky he might own a double wide, and you and momma can move out if the tent. Lmao, now go back to making your raviolis on the Coleman stove asshole.

          • tru

            Lol, my mom and dad are still together. Thanks for asking. So nice of u. But u don’t have to lie bout ur mom’s and pops still bein alive. I can jus picture them on their death beds. Such terrible deaths. Sorry for ur lost. I know it’s hard bein a 49yr old loser wit no parents. But try not to kill urself til at least one of ur kids die.

          • Pridenpoise

            I know your moms still alive she’s over here sucking my dick for spare change, but you keep interrupting us, now be a good boy and go over to grandmas house because we both know your daddy was shot selling crack, but we know that when you man up, you can follow in his footsteps, big crack dealer, and if you can’t pay the debt at the end of the month you and momma can always suck dick to make ends meet. Now beat it kid, go read a dictionary and Learn some new words, because wit, dis, dat, aint, are not words you dumb shit.

          • tru

            Lol. I’m pretty sure everybody done sold sumthin in Dey life. Jus so happen, I have sold crack, u were probably one of my customers. (Thanks for the donation) glad to say, I’ve got a 2nd chance at life. And now I help the inner city youth. Youth I know wouldn’t let u step in the streets of New Orleans. But u jus stick to ur moonshine and continue molesting ur daughter. Or let me molest her. Wouldn’t be the 1st dick she saw

          • Pridenpoise

            11 sacks last year real questionable.

          • tru

            Justin Tuck 30
            +
            Lamar Woodley 29=
            Search for more available/young talent who can help the team win more than 5 games. Sorry to say, Al Davis left a mess

        • tru

          I’d take Bradford over RG3 any day. Wat has RG3 done for the Redskins? Last I checked, the last time the two played each other, Bradford came out victorious (Thanks to Finnegan’s fiestiness) But obviously it the bobble head, let me know when u get a lil football smart, and we can have another conversation

          • Pridenpoise

            If you’re going to have a debate with me go back to school, snd learn how to spell, DUMMY.

  • Kenneth Tarlow

    Clearly something is going to happen between the Raiders and the Rams, how else could the Rams get Saffold back? but the the Raiders have the 5 th pick not the 8th. How did the Rams get 3 first round picks?

    • Nathan Kearns

      Everything is explained. Have the read the whole article…

  • UhhDuhh

    Depends if they pickup Kenny Britt. He is like an Evans type with similar size and speed. If they do pickup Britt, they would not need to trade down to get Evans as I still think Watkins would be available at #5 since the top four picks appear to be QB, QB, QB and Clowney. Texans looking to let Schaub go free, Jags traded Gabbert to SF and Browns let Weeden and Campbell go so three of the top 5 look look like QB. Trade down with Oakland and they may go Clowney or Watkins but they don’t have an OT either as they let Veldheer go and changed their minds on Saffold. That also brings Atlanta into the mix because now they can trade down to 6 and still grab Watkins. If they trade down to 6 and miss out on Watkins then I say go OT and Clinton-Dix at #13 provided they sign Britt.