St. Louis Rams 1st Round Options: 2013 NFL Draft

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Dec 29, 2011; Orlando, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) stretches for a pass during the fourth quarter of the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl at the Citrus Bowl. Florida State defeated Notre Dame 18-14. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Eifert – Eifert is someone who can come in and help the Rams passing game right away as a rookie. He is fearless over the middle and goes up and gets the ball at its highest point extremely well. Is very fast over the middle and will make the tough catch even when he knows he is getting rocked. He is a big, consistent target on 3rd down, who is very good at moving the chains. Has improved his run blocking every year at Notre Dame, but needs to continue improving. Eifert is one of the few players who really doesn’t seem to have any holes in his game. Has been compared to both Jason Witten and Heath Miller, both of whom are elite TEs in this league. Eifert would help replace what they lost in Amendola over the middle and on 3rd down as well.

Nov, 26, 2011; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Anthony Boone (7) is pressured by North Carolina Tar Heels defensive tackle Sylvester Williams (92) on fourth down in the fourth quarter. The Tar Heels defeated the Blue Devils 37-21at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Sylvester Williams – Williams is an absolutely disruptive player from the DT position. He has an explosive first step that he can beat lineman with, but he also possesses a great swim move with either arm. He also is extremely strong and has a very good bull rush. Williams played all across the line at North Carolina, at nose tackle, defensive tackle and even out wide. Improved his awareness against screens and draws a lot as a senior. At times will vary his burst off the line so offensive lineman don’t know when to react. He does however take plays off and doesn’t go hard all the time. Doesn’t have great flexibility, which at times causes him to turn sideways and can lose sight of the ball. Only been playing football for 5 years, so he is still learning more nuances to the game.

Sep 22, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Justin Hunter (11) catches a touchdown pass against the Akron Zips during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee defeated Akron, 47-26. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Hunter – This may surprise some people, but he is getting some 1st round buzz as we get closer to the draft. Hunter has great size, speed and all the ability you want in a #1 WR. Has a great catching radius and great body control to track the ball and catch it. Lined up as the X wide receiver, the Y and the Z while at Tennessee. Hunter is a good route runner with sharp cuts, creating good separation. Is good with the ball in his hands after the catch. He is still working his way back from a knee injury in 2011 and is regaining speed. If he can get it all back, he is built much like a Randy Moss type WR. Also much like Moss, he doesn’t really like going over the middle, showing alligator arms at times.

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  • Nathan Kearns

    The St. Louis Rams already have a viable slot receiver and DEFINITELY have a right end “to pair” with Lance Kendricks.

    Austin Pettis played well in the slot last season, improving drastically from 2012, including 4 TDs.

    Kendricks will be still be the starting TE on the depth chart, and will likely be the only end that will play in-line on all three downs. Cook will be in the slot 75% of the time, either by formation or bring motioned from the line; just like in TEN…

    • Nathan Kearns

      To be honest, even interior line is a stretch in the first round considering a number of factors:

      1. Fisher doesn’t draft offensive lineman with first rounders, especially not guards or centers

      2. St. Louis just used a 5th rounder on Rok Watkins, who will be return from the IR and will be showing up in significantly better shape with a year of NFL experience under his belt.

      3. Chris Williams was just re-signed to a $3M deal, and Fisher appears set to tag him as a guard instead of a tackle

  • Nathan Kearns

    If there were three positions you could get the “house and kids” on the Rams taking in the first round, you should go: WR, S, OLB

    In fact, you could pretty much narrow that 16th slot to Kenny Vaccaro, Cordarrelle Patterson, or Tavon Austin (although he won’t be there at 16)

    That 22nd pick will probay get traded, but for the sake of mock drafting, Elam or Cyprien would be solid targets, as would Alec Ogletree or Keenan Allen (assuming no WR at 16).