Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks before the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
In a mere couple of hours the Houston Texans will be on the clock and the 2014 NFL Draft will have finally arrived. The first round of the draft is set to begin Thursday, May 8, at 7PM CT and will air on the NFL Network and ESPN.
Hopefully you’ve found a draft party attend and will be accompany with other Rams fans or NFL fans in general. However, if you still need a place to go and want to talk the draft. We will have a chat room set up on fandio.com and will be talking the Rams and the draft. To go to the chat room click right here. We will also have live coverage on our Twitter page @ramblinfan.
Every year the NFL invites players to the draft. This year, there will be 30 players attending which means there most likely will be players still waiting to have their names called on day two. Here is the list:
Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
The Rams hold 12 picks in the is years draft which is tied for the most in this year’s draft. The Rams first pick, thanks to the Washington Redskins, will be right after the Texans pick at number one. The Rams will then pick again at number 13.
Here is a list of all the Rams draft picks:
Round 1, Pick 2 (2) – from Washington
Round 1, Pick 13 (13)
Round 2, Pick 12 (44)
Round 3, Pick 11 (75)
Round 4, Pick 10 (110)
Round 5, Pick 13 (153)
Round 6, Pick 12 (188)
Round 6, Pick 38 (214)
Round 7, Pick 11 (226)
Round 7, Pick 26 (241)
Round 7, Pick 34 (249)
Round 7, Pick 35 (250)
The Rams will be looking to trade out of the number two overall pick to pick up some more selections and get just a little bit more from the gift that keeps on giving from the RGIII trade made two years ago.
At the number two pick the Rams have been connected to offensive lineman Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews, wide receiver Sammy Watkins, linebacker Khalil Mack, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, and quarterback Johnny Manziel.
In our latest mock draft we have the Rams taking Khalil Mack with this selection.
"The Rams have a plethora of options here, they could trade back and pick up more picks or take an elite player. 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, which can be a little concerning, but he had a solid game against Ohio St. last year."
At the thirteen pick the Rams could once again pull off a trade whether it be moving up or moving back. There very well could be a lot of interest in this pick.
If the Rams cannot pull off a trade however, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, cornerback Darqueze Dennard, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, and wide receivers Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr. could be options as well as many others.
In our latest mock draft we have the Rams taking defensive tackle Aaron Donald with this selection.
"Despite the fact that the St. Louis Rams already own one of the Top 5 pass rushing units in the NFL and they already took, arguably, the top pass rusher in the 2014 class at number two. Aaron Donald is far and away the best player available at this point in the draft. Donald is the perfect complement to Michael Brockers on the interior, and will inevitably cause some sleepless nights for offensive coordinators scheming to block the Rams front-seven."
The Rams have a lot of options in the first round, but where things will really start to get tricky is in the second round and later. The Rams have missed in these rounds in the past couple of years with Brian Quick, Rokevious Watkins, and Isaiah Pead.
With 12 picks and four in the top 75, it is crucial that the Rams nail these picks. Unfortunately there really is no room for error.
Round two and three will begin on Friday, May 9, at 6pM CT and round four through seven will take place on Saturday and will start at 11:00AM CT. Those rounds will also air on ESPN and the NFL Network and we will have live coverage on our Twitter page.