Jun 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; The Orlando Magic draft board displays their first round draft pick of Victor Oladipo during a press conference at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL Scouting Combine is over and teams will begin putting together what most likely will be their big board going into the draft. There will be minor changes with pro days and free agency, but for the most part they will stay the same.
This big board is set up based on a mixture team need as well as best player available. Here is our top 30 big board for the St. Louis Rams.
1. OT Greg Robinson-Auburn
Robinson, similar to wide receiver Tavon Austin last year, has made his way up draft boards over the past month. He was always one of the best offensive lineman is this year’s draft, but he has solidified himself as the best, and the player that the Rams should take if they get the chance.
2. WR Sammy Watkins-Clemson
Watkins proved he is the best wide receiver in the draft at the combine. The kid has great speed and great big play ability. Sam Bradford would not complain if the Rams gave him another weapon.
3. OL Jake Matthews- Texas A&M
If the Rams do trade down to number six with the Atlanta Falcons and miss out on Watkins and Robinson, Matthews is the next best bet. Matthews is still a solid option of the offensive line and is actually a little bit more refined that Robinson in pass blocking.
4. LB Khalil Mack- Buffalo
Khalil Mack has made his way toward the top of draft boards and is even contending Jadeveon Clowney as the best defensive player in the draft. The Rams have a need at outside linebacker with the potential that Dunbar leaves, and Mack would be a great replacement and give the Rams the best front seven in football.
5. DE Jadeveon Clowney- South Carolina
Even though the Rams do not need a defensive end, you can never have to many pass rushers, and that’s exactly what Clowney is, he may even be one of the best defensive ends that have come out in years. If the Rams can’t trade back and Clowney is on the board, they will have to consider him.
6. OT Taylor Lewan- Michigan
Matthews and Robinson may be getting all of the hype at the offensive tackle position, but Lewan would still be worthy of a top ten pick. Lewan is good in pass protection and isn’t a bad run blocker either. If the Rams miss out on the top two, Lewan is a good back-up plan.
7. QB Teddy Bridgewater-Louisville
Now the Rams don’t need a quarterback, nor will they take one in the first round even if they have the chance. However, where the Rams put the top quarterbacks on their draft board will determine how much the Rams will value the number two overall pick. Bridgewater is the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft and probably the most accurate and therefore he is the most valuable. He may not be the first quarterback taken, but he is the best quarterback in the draft.
8. LB Anthony Barr-UCLA
Barr doesn’t really fit great in the Rams’ scheme, but give Gregg Williams a playmaker on defense and he will find a place to put him. Barr had a pretty disappointing combine, but when you look at the film, he is still one of the top 10 best players in the draft.
9. QB Blake Bortles-UCF
Bortles has good size to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. He has a bit of a learning curve coming in, but give him two to three years and he could become a pretty good quarterback.
10. TE Eric Ebron- NC
The Rams already have a pretty good pass catching tight end in Jared Cook, if only he would catch the ball more often. Ebron is exactly what teams are looking for in today’s version of the tight end position. Ebron may be listed as a tight end, but he has the athleticism to be an elite receiver.
11. QB Johnny Manziel- Texas A&M
There is no doubt teams will be looking to get Manziel high in the first round. He may not be meant to go high in the first round or be valued this high, but he will by a handful of teams. He is a smaller quarterback that will be a project for a team, but he has play-making ability and a team will attract a team to take him in the top 10 if not the top five.
12. LB C.J. Mosley- Alabama
Mosley was the centerpiece at linebacker for a very good Alabama defense. He has good coverage skills as well as good ability in stopping the run. According to Mel Kiper, Mosely would be best on the weak side.
13. DT Tim Jernigan- Florida St.
Jernigan is a great run stuffer in the middle and would work in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. The Rams could use a big run stuffer next to Brockers to replace Langford and that’s what Jernigan brings to the table.
14. CB Justin Gilbert- Oklahoma St.
The Rams have a need for a dominant shut down corner. That may or may not be Janoris Jenkins, but adding a dominant cornerback would give the Rams good depth at the position as well as contest the Legion of Boom is Seattle as the best secondary in the NFL.
15. WR Mike Evans- Texas A&M
If the Rams don’t get Watkins in the top five, Evans would be another solid way to go. He is a big receiver on the outside and can constantly contest jump balls which would be great for Bradford and is exactly what the Rams lack in their group of receivers.
16. S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix- Alabama
Although the Rams dealt with injuries at the safety position last season, it was still one of their weaker positions. They could definitely use a ball-hawking safety in the secondary. Clinton-Dix is the best free safety in the draft and free safety is one of the few positions in this draft that isn’t very deep. The Rams will definitely consider him when they are on the clock.
17. CB Darqueze Dennard- MSU
The cornerback position is one of the deepest positions in this year’s draft. Although Dennard isn’t the best cornerback in the draft, he is still pretty good and would be a great addition to the Rams secondary.
18. DT Louis Nix III- ND
Nix could work in either a 3-4 or 4-3 but once again give the Rams that big body in the middle to help stop the run. Nix would be a solid replacement if the Rams want to cut ties with Langford.
19. WR Marqise Lee-USC
Lee had a disappointing 2013, but with a decent quarterback throwing him the ball, and when he is healthy, he has great big play ability especially after the catch. If the Rams miss out on Watkins or Evan, Lee would still be pretty good option.
20. OT Zack Martin- ND
The Rams need some help on the offensive line, and if they miss out on the guys at the top of the round, Martin is still a good option toward the bottom. Martin has the ability to play left or right tackle and could also be moved inside of needed.
21. DT Ra’Shede Hageman- Minnesota
Another big guy for the Rams to put in the middle and if the Rams trade back into the later part of the first round or acquire Cleveland’s other first round pick, Hageman is a player they should consider.
22. S Clavin Pryor- Louisville
There is no doubt that Clinton-Dix fits the Rams defense better than a lot of safeties in this draft, but Pryor is the next best at the position and after him there is quite a drop off at safety.
23. DE Stephon Tuitt-ND
Although Tuitt is meant more for a 3-4, he can still work in a 4-3. For a bigger guy he isn’t a bad pass rusher and like I said with Clowney, you can never have too many of those.
24. DT Aaron Donald- Pitt
Donald may not be Michael Brockers, but he did have a good combine and would work well next to him. There isn’t a whole lot of downside with Donald and would be a good option for the Rams in the middle of the first round.
25. LB Ryan Shazier- Ohio St.
Shazier would look good in Rams uniform right next to the Rams’ other linebacker from Ohio State, James Laurinaitis. Shazier would be a good selection for the Rams. He is a smaller linebacker, but he is still good in coverage and does a good job in the run game.
26. OG Xavier Su’a-Filo- UCLA
Su’a-Filo has experience at both the tackle and guard position at UCLA. If the Rams lose Saffold adding another guy that can play multiple positions on the offensive line would be a fantastic pick-up.
27. CB Jason Verett- TCU
Verett is a smaller defensive back than teams are looking for right now, but he is arguably the best defensive back in the draft. Trumaine Johnson looked pretty suited for the outside last season as well as Janoris Jenkins. Verett has the ability to play inside, not to mention he is aggressive and physical despite his size.
28. WR Jordan Matthews-Vanderbilt
If the Rams miss out on one of the top three guys in the first round, I doubt they will take a wide receiver in the first round, but if Matthews were to fall to them in the second, they will jump all over it. According to Steve Gerwell of CBS Sports Matthews is nearly identical to Brian Quick physically. The Rams had a good experience drafting a player out of Vanderbilt last season, it would not be surprising if they did so once again.
29. OG Cyrus Kouandijo- Alabama
Kouandijo’s knees are going to scare a lot of teams which could force him to fall down draft boards and slide into the second round if not later. There is no doubt however, that he is a talented player than can make a difference.
30. DE Scott Chrichton- Oregon St.
Chrichton is a pretty good 4-3 defensive end. Chrichton was a disruptive force at Oregon State and would be a solid pickup for the Rams if he fell to them in the second round.
Well that’s it. That is our top 30 big board for the St. Louis Rams. There is still a lot of time before the draft, which could change a few things, but for the most part these are the 30 best players that the Rams should consider on draft day.