If you felt like you had no idea about what this Thursday’s NFL Draft would hold, you aren’t alone.
We all have a general idea of what could happen with that first overall pick, but what happens when the St. Louis Rams are on the clock at #2 overall? They have a pretty big decision to make regarding the future of their team and how they cash in on the bounty they received from the Washington Redskins who paid up for the right to draft Robert Griffin III.
St. Louis’ scenarios are endless. For the longest time, I have felt like they should take Khalil Mack, the pass rusher from Buffalo. If the Texans wind up taking Mack like Peter King thinks, then the Rams would have to take Jadeveon Clowney, right?
But what about Sammy Watkins? Sam Bradford could sure use some options out there.
Nah, you better pick an offensive tackle. Keep Bradford upright and healthy. That’s the smart way to go. But what tackle do you pick? Does Jeff Fisher convince Les Snead to take another prospect from the Matthews bloodline, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews? Do they take the near-consensus top offensive tackle in Auburn’s Greg Robinson?
But what about Bradford? Can they REALLY rely on him as their QB of the future?
With all of these questions popping up over the last couple of months, the Rams have had a long time to digest their needs and what they are going to do with that 2nd overall pick.
So…what about Johnny Manziel?
The Rams have more than done due diligence on Manziel. They have had private meetings and workouts with him. They have talked to Kliff Kingsbury, his former coach at Texas A&M and current Texas Tech head coach, about him.
And that’s just what’s been made public.
The Rams see Sam Bradford’s contract, and they see a way out. They can play it safe for a year with Bradford and see if things work out, but will they be picking in the top five again next year? Will they be as comfortable with next year’s crop of QBs?
If the Rams feel like Johnny Manziel can be ‘their guy’ for the future, he will be the 2nd overall pick. The rumors connecting the Rams and Manziel are swirling–howling, even–and there’s a decent chance this could actually happen.
With 12 picks, the Rams are armed to make a move back into the top 10 for a tackle of their liking if they should choose to take Manziel with that #2 overall.
But if they pass on Manziel at #2 overall, they might miss out on him alltogether.