Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) waves to the crowd as quarterback Connor Shaw (14) applauds after the South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Wisconsin Badgers 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Rams: Scenarios For the #2 Pick in 2014 NFL Draft

Several scenarios are cropping up for what the St. Louis Rams can do with their #2 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.  Here are a few of them.

Take Jake Matthews

Put it this way.  The Rams currently reside in a division that featured three of the six best defenses in the league.  If they ever plan to run such a gauntlet to make the playoffs, they need to control the line of scrimmage on offense.  That requires big, athletic bodies up front.  Sam Bradford is the guy at quarterback moving forward and the Rams must make every commitment possible to protecting him.  They do have Jake Long at left tackle but he’s coming off a torn ACL.  His future is clouded at the moment, so what better way to kill two birds with one stone than by taking Jake Matthews out of Texas A&M.  The big tackle is a second generation prototype:  strong, athletic and durable with the proven versatility to play either the left or right tackle positions equally well as he did for the Aggies.  St. Louis could bring him in and put him on the right side for the time being, and then if Long begins to fade they would have the option of moving Matthews to the left side.

Take Jadeveon Clowney

The real “what if” scenario that has people talking is whether the Rams would consider drafting South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.  On paper the move doesn’t make much sense.  They already have a pair of studs at the end positions in Chris Long and Robert Quinn.  However, in an era dominated by the pass rush the idea of putting a talent like Clowney in that rotation under a proven coach like Jeff Fisher has to be enticing to GM Les Snead.  Clowney is even more of athletic monster than Quinn who is in the running for Defensive Player of the Year.  His blend of length, speed and power allows him to control blockers whenever he wants and either clobber a runner or sack the quarterback.  Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick certainly wouldn’t like seeing that rotation twice a year.

Trade down for picks and select Greg Robinson

By far the most popular idea among St. Louis Rams fans is to repeat what the team did in 2012 which is to trade out of the #2 pick in order to collect valuable draft currency for later.  While it isn’t likely they will yield three first and a second round choice like they did with Washington, chances are the Rams could still get some nice compensation with the quarterbacks and other talents available.  Depending on how far they move down they could collect perhaps an extra first or perhaps a pair of second round choices.  That should still leave them in favorable position to get a player of need.  A good example is if they moved down to the #6 spot, allowing Atlanta to take Clowney in return for second rounders in 2014 and 2015.  Then the Rams still fill a key need in the 2014 NFL draft by taking left tackle Greg Robinson out of Auburn.  Every bit as talented as Matthews, his issues lay with lacking experience.  However, given his 2013 season that doesn’t seem like a big problem.  Thus the Rams get their extra picks and still find that impact player.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: 2014 Nfl Draft Greg Robinson Jadeveon Clowney Jake Matthews St. Louis Rams

  • paul escalera

    There not gtrack take an OL in the first or second. hasn’t happened with fish or snead in there entire careers.i mean anything is possible and I wouldnt cry if we got a great tackle out of the first rd.but they take great defensive players or offensive scorers! Its there thing.It’s there track record.but hey its Ur mock draft so rebuild our entire OL take matthews at 2 at 13 take another tackle and in the second I here there is some big guards take one and trade back into the second and take another big guard. Slap barret jones at center and we have the youngest O Lines in the league! Dam we just took care of that phantom OL problem every mock drafter is babbling about! I wouldnt cry if the rams did this scenario either .because I trust in snisher! They know better then we! Keep the mocks coming!

  • Gary Stewart

    erik the trade down scenario is for sure the best and while robinson is a bit more of a risk the best news is he is truly a beast in the run game (which the rams and fisher believe is the path to the super bowl) and he has a mean streak that matthews doesn’t display. and paul i have reminded others that while fisher has never in 18 years drafted an o lineman in the first round, he also has never won a super bowl maybe it is time to change that when he lost to the rams they had a 1st round mauler blowing open holes for marshall faulk and protecting warner in pass protection his name orlando pace lets revisit those glory years!! GO RAMS!!

    • Erik Lambert

      Pace was a monster and I don’t think there have been any like him and Jonathan Ogden since they retired. Robinson has that kind of potential if he can learn to use his technique consistently. I agree the trade down is the preferred path provided a team is willing to move up and what the Rams are asking.

      • Gary Stewart

        erik last year the rams traded up first and down second my hunch (pure conjecture) is they may trade down from 2 and up from 13 to maybe secure watkins and either matthews or robinson and if they take the o line first they would still be able to get to evans if a team grabbed watkins, and im not so sure evans might be better i think he could block better for tavon (not sure) but it appears that way. if they trade down @2 and stand pat at 13, my guess is because they have decided to go with dix a good safety makes the corners job so much easier and i am done making excuses for darien he just cant cut it., then we should have maybe an extra 2 2nd rounders for a cb a dt and a rb
        gilbert or verrett
        jernigan or aaron donald
        tre mason or ka deem carey

  • Pingback: The Rams 2014 year At A Glance! | Sunset Daily

  • Pingback: The Rams 2014 year At A Glance! |