1. Todd Gurley vs 16. Jake McQuaide
This is a bit of an unfair matchup, but it is a one going up against a 16. Gurley won rookie of the year last season after being selected 10th overall. Meanwhile, McQuaide is the team’s long snapper, but a good one for that matter. We fully expect Gurley to move on to the round of 32.
2. Tavon Austin vs 15. Mark Barron
A matchup between the team’s other dynamic playmaker on offense going up against the team’s newly signed linebacker/safety. Austin really came out to prove he was the number eight overall pick that the team drafted him to be while Barron flourished moving down to linebacker, leading the team in tackles. Barron may give Austin a run for his money, but in the end, Austin will run away with it.
3. Case Keenum vs 14. Aaron Donald
This is unfortunate for the Rams’ starting quarterback. He does have a large Twitter following, but will it be enough to get past the defensive player of the year candidate and former defensive rookie of the year in Aaron Donald? This could be an upset in the making.
4. Tre Mason vs 13. Trumaine Johnson
Another upset brewing? Trumaine Johnson was brought back to the team over Janoris Jenkins because of the franchise tag meanwhile, Mason was tasered by the police recently after losing his job last season to rookie sensation Todd Gurley.
5. Stedman Bailey vs 12. T.J. McDonald
Stedman Bailey has made an amazing and inspirational comeback from being shot in the head last November. It will be interesting to see how much that helps him in the voting and if he turns into this year’s cinderella story. McDonald is a good young safety and a fan favorite, which should make this close.
6. Robert Quinn vs 11. Michael Brockers
A battle on the defensive line in the first round? Robert Quinn may be under-seeded as well as Brockers, but either way, here they are matched up. Both players are fan favorites which could make this a close matchup, but in the end, Quinn could end up moving on.
7. Alec Ogletree vs 10. Greg Robinson
Both taken in the first round of their respective drafts, they will be going head to head here in this tournament. Ogletree will be moved to the middle linebacker position this season due to the departure of Jame Laurinaitis. Meanwhile, fans are still waiting for Robinson to be the stud tackle the team took him to be second overall.
8. Johnny Hekker vs 9. Kenny Britt
Johnny Hekker made it all the way to the championship round last season before being beat out by one of the fans. Will be make a return to the finals? In the first round he will face the team’s number one receiver, but if Johnny has taught us one thing, its that punters are people too!