A couple years ago zoneblitz.com decided to reach out to the team blogger community to help put together a mock draft. It’s been a great addition to their site with some insights coming from people who watch their respective teams on a daily basis.
Zone Blitz reached out to me to pick for the Rams at the number two and number 13 pick in their blogger community draft. Playing the role of Les Snead, here’s who I chose for the St. Louis Rams.
1. Houston- Jadeveon Clowney
With The Second Overall Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, The St. Louis Rams Select…
OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
The Rams have a plethora of options here and although Sammy Watkins and Greg Robinson have been popular choices, I’m going to go in a different direction – Khalil Mack. The Rams could certainly use another outside linebacker to take this defense to the next level, and Mack can do just that. The team did bring back Jo-Lonn Dunbar in free agency, but he had a disastrous 2013, and it might be time to find a replacement.
Mack is explosive, he can pass rush as well as cover, and overall he is just a great athlete. He did play in a smaller conference, ironically in the MAC, which is a little concerning, but he had a solid game against Ohio St. last year. The addition of Mack on this already good defense will give offenses headaches for years to come.
3. Jaguars- WR Sammy Watkins
4. Browns- QB Derek Carr
5. Raiders- QB Blake Bortles
6. Falcons- OT Greg Robinson
7. Buccaneers- QB Teddy Bridgewater
8. Vikings- QB Johnny Manziel
9. Bills- OT Jake Matthews
10. Lions- TE Eric Ebron
11. Titans- LB Anthony Barr
12. Giants- WR Mike Evans
With The 13th Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams Select…
CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan St.
The Rams defense is solid in the front seven, especially since they took Khalil Mack at number two. Where the Rams defense struggles is on the back end in the secondary. Therefore with the 13th overall pick I’m going to take Dennard. Justin Gilbert is still available and is rated as the best corner, but I see problems with him in run support that wouldn’t bode well in the NFC West.
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is another option, but with Alabama players struggling in recent years, it definitely raises a red flag. Dennard is an in-your face, tough, aggressive corner, which is exactly the type of player that Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams like on defense.
To wrap it up, I have the Rams taking Mack at number two and Dennard at number 13. In the second and third round the Rams can address the offensive line and the wide receiver position and then pick up a safety on day three.
To check out the rest of the mock draft on zoneblitz.com, click right here.
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