When looking at mock drafts, it seems like most people have slated the St. Louis Rams to take an offensive tackle with their first of two first round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, but this is the time of year to consider any and all options, and especially before free agency, when you really don’t know what teams are going to do.
I think the Rams could very well go with an offensive tackle, but I love the idea of them taking a playmaker at the wide receiver position, despite the many attempts to find one or two over the last few drafts.
The Rams have tried their hand at players like Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Stedman Bailey, Austin Pettis, and Tavon Austin last year, but I don’t think they are finished building that group.
One player that I am intrigued by for their offense is Sammy Watkins, a guy who is pretty much a consensus top five player in this year’s draft. Those that don’t have him in the top five are pretty picky, but obviously have their reasons.
Watkins doesn’t have the size of other top selections at the WR position like Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, and other guys who stand 6’3″ or higher, but what he does offer is virtually everything else you look for in an elite player at the position.
I think athletically, Watkins is going to blow everyone away at the Scouting Combine, and I wouldn’t be surprised if after that and his pro day he becomes the second player off the board to the Rams.
Thinking about an offense featuring both Tavon Austin and Sammy Watkins is intimidating in terms of pure speed and home run ability, but obviously the Rams need someone to get them the ball and someone to protect that guy. That’s the beauty of having two first round picks.
No matter the outcome, there are some intriguing scenarios out there for the Rams.