On the eve of the 2014 NFL Draft, one thing most fans are thankful for is that Mock Draft season will finally be coming to an end. Since mid-November, mocks have flooded front pages of sports sites, increasing in volume as we inch closer to the waning days before the Draft. However, there are some mocks that stand above the rest, where a handful of analysts with an overwhelming amount of experience and unimaginably deep connections attempt to make sense of the opening round of the NFL Draft. Mike Mayock is certainly one of those “elite” mockers, and he recently released his final 2014 selections.
Obviously, the typical (nonsensical) mock drafting rules are still in effect in his order, namely the exclusion of any trades. So, assuming that the St. Louis Rams are sticking at the No.2 overall pick, Mike Mayock has the Rams picking…
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: Offensive tackle makes too much sense here, especially with a tackle who has Hall of Fame potential. LT Jake Long is coming off knee surgery and Joe Barksdale mans the right side for the Rams. This is one scenario where need meets best player available.
Mayock certainly makes a compelling case for the stud, moldable lineman out of Auburn. Even if Robinson is not an immediate fill-in at either offensive tackle spot, many have suggesting that the St. Louis Rams could opt to go the path of Jonathan Ogden; where they move Robinson to the interior of the line until he is has developed enough to move to the outside. With an immediate need at guard and an inevitable future need at offensive tackle, as Jake Long gets further along in his career, the move would certainly make sense for both the “win now” fanatics and those whose eyes are focused on the long-terms in Rams Park.
Regardless, with players like Khalil Mack, Sammy Watkins, Jadeveon Clowney, and Jake Matthews all ripe for the picking at the No.2 overall spot, it is hard to imagine a scenario where the St. Louis Rams don’t come out of Thursday with a massive smile on their face!