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How the St. Louis Rams Could Approach the 2014 NFL Draft

A lot of action is expected from the St. Louis Rams at the top end of the 2014 NFL draft.  Here is a possible way they could go about their business.

Trade #2 pick to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rumors are running hot that the Rams would like to duplicate their actions from 2012, trading out of the #2 overall pick for a bounty of picks in later drafts.  While it’s not likely they’ll get quite what they did from Washington for Robert Griffin III, they should be able to entice interest from teams.  One they should keep a close eye on is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The team has a new coach in Lovie Smith who takes over a rather solid roster with few holes to fill.  One of them, and it is rather glaring is defensive end.  Pass rush was a problem all year for the Bucs and Smith will want that problem corrected in order to give his new defense every chance to work.  That makes TampaBay favorites to move up in pursuit of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, arguably the most talented pass rusher to come out of college in a decade.  He would fits Smith’s scheme perfectly and since the Bucs don’t have many holes to fill they can afford to be aggressive if they wish.  A deal would certainly garner their #7 pick, along with their second rounder and another first in 2015.

Draft Jake Matthews or Greg Robinson with 7th pick

The trick for St. Louis is they don’t want to venture too far down in the top ten.  There are a host of quality prospects to be had who can really help their cause.  Offensive line is certainly one area they need it.  Once on the clock with the 7th pick, the Rams would do well to select either offensive tackle Jake Matthews or tackle Greg Robinson.  Matthews is an experienced stalwart out of Texas A&M.  His mechanics are polished and he has spent time on the left and right side, showcasing he has the power and the agility to play anywhere.  He’s also quite durable, which is a must for a franchise left tackle.  Robinson showed his stuff all year for Auburn.  Despite being a sophomore he frequently dominated the best competition in college football, including mighty FloridaState in the national title game.  He opens wide holes in the run game but really improved in pass protection down the stretch to the point where he was beaten very infrequently.  Either would be a genuine help to keeping Sam Bradford upright in the future.

Trade #13 pick to New York Jets

Les Snead is all about wheeling and dealing, so nobody should expect the St. Louis Rams to stay long at the #13 pick either.  A good number to keep by the phone is the New York Jets.  Most mock selections of the 2014 NFL draft see the strong class of wide receivers beginning to come off the board between the #8 and #15.  With the 18th pick it will take some doing for the receiver-needy Jets to get into that mix.  They have 12 selections overall including two third rounders.  Dealing one of them and another one or two late round choices could get them to switch places with the Rams and take a Sammy Watkins or Marqise Lee.  In turn St. Louis can continue to fill out their roster with depth and talent.

Draft Calvin Pryor with 18th pick

The real trick with this move would be it might knock the Rams out of position to take top safety Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix out of Alabama.  Safety is an area they could use an upgrade and “Ha Ha” is the obvious choice.  However, he’s not the only one.  Falling back to #18 may limit the shot at him, but St. Louis could still turn to Louisville standout Calvin Pryor.  Rather quiet on the draft front for a time, the 6’2″ kid has caught a lot of attention lately.  He has the ideal height for the position and the mentally of a hitter, something Jeff Fisher will like.  His range is also good and he’s improved his instincts in coverage.  Not a bad consolation prize.

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  • Pridenpoise

    Nobody’s giving up 2 number ones and a two for the number two pick this year, wishful thinking.

    • Erik Lambert

      That all depends on who is available when the Rams are on the clock. Washington gave up three numbers ones and a number two for RGIII.

      • Pridenpoise

        My point exactly, look at the mess they are in.

        • Erik Lambert

          It wasn’t a mess before RGIII got hurt.

          • Pridenpoise

            Pfft why was there a reason he should not have played this year. There defence sucks they have no O-line, but it’s just RGIII, think again.

    • Gary Stewart

      pride, you may be right who knows but one thing is for sure, the trade to #7 is actually further down then the rams rg3 trade as we traded down to #6 (the fact we traded again doesnt count)

      but unlike 2012 when it was luck and rg3 end of story this year there are 2 types of players and team needs avail at the top qbs teddy blake johnny and derek and about 5-6 teams vying for the 4 qbs probably 3 teams that could really use the one clowney atl oak and tb and the rams are not alone in needing help on the offensive line atl hou oak and others to name a few so we are still dealing @ #2 from a position of power and can be picky about who we trade with. and while fisher has never drafted o line in the first round in 18 years he has also never won a super bowl in 18 years, when the rams won their only super bowl the one big difference was orlando pace blocking for kurt warner and blowing open gaping holes for marshall faulk. and fisher knows matthews son jake very well daddy matthews was a lineman for fisher for years so maybe its time for a change who knows

  • paul escalera

    If we want to break that sack record we need to take clowney. How many times have Fisher or snead(when at atlanta or here)taken a O lineman in the first or second round? Try never not once not ever! I just wanted to make that clear.ha ha! We need to keep the O lineman we have(except wells & dahl). And build the rest of the team.we need to take there replacements in the draft but in round 4-5. I say trade with the jags or the browns only and we can still take clowney and with our 13th pick trade up to get watkins or stay pat and grab the best corner.we need to develop Cody Davis he is a badass!

    • Erik Lambert

      Perhaps it’s time they started taking o-linemen that early. It’s not like their pass protection was the greatest this season. Not to mention Jake Long suffered another injury. Why not draft his replacement to ensure Sam Bradford stays protected?

  • Don

    No one is trading picks for next year with the elite QB class on the pipeline. Mariota, Hundley, and Winston make a potential top five pick infinitely valuable.

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