Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rams Mock Draft Version 3

It's been a while since a posted a new mock draft for the St. Louis Rams and today I made some significant changes to the mockdraft.

Before the I go over the mock draft there are certain situations that I would post before going proceeding to the mock draft itself to better understand the mock draft itself.

Free agency Signings
Rodger Saffold (Right Guard)
Tim Barnes(Center)
Shelley Smith (Guard) - 1 year minimum

March Cuts
Harvey Dahl
Scott Wells

Post June 1 Cuts
Cortland Finnegan
Kendall Langford

Mock Draft


Rams trade Round 1 Pick2 to the Pittsburgh Steelers for (Round 1 pick 15, Round 2 pick 14, Round 4 pick 18).

Round 1 pick 13: Darqueze Dennard CB | Michigan State:

This is a surprise to some but this make sense since the Rams are very thin at corner back so the Rams will draft the best available cornerback in Darqueze Dennard. Dubbed "No Fly Zone" Dennard would provide the Rams the same ballhawk skills and physicality that Cortland Finnegan provides and instantly solidify the cornerback corp.

Round 1 pick 15: HaSean Clinton-Dix, FS | Alabama:
The Rams have been looking for a solid Free Safety since O.J. Atogwe so the Rams would draft the best "hybrid" safety in Clinton-Dix. "Ha Ha" is so good on both deep pass coverage as well as against the run and has played in a very tough college conference.

Round 2, Pick 12: Xavier Su'a-Filo OG/OT | UCLA:
The Rams needs to solidify the left guard position since Chris Williams AND Shelley Smith are average at best. Su'a-Filo also has Left Tackle experience so he provides versatility too. He's a bit raw for now but we all know how Paul Boudreau coaches his O-linemen.

Round 2, Pick 14: Ra'shede Hageman DT | Minnesota:
With the Rams releasing Kendall Langford, the Rams needed an upgrade and Rashede Hageman is the upgrade. Hageman is a freak of an athlete 6'6" 308lbs and is being compared to former Pat/Raiders Richard Seymour. There are some questions about his off-the-field attitude but that does not deter the Rams to get their own version of Albert Haynesworth (the good side hopefully).

Round 3, Pick 11: Jarvis Landry, WR | LSU:
With the Austin Pettis becoming a free agent next season, the Rams would add a receiver who has played in the same offensive system as the Rams who has good route running skills and good hands and good game speed. What stands out for Landry is his physicality specially when blocking. Having a good blocker down field would benefit Zac Stacy and the other runningbacks on running plays.

Round 4,  Pick 10: Christian Jones ILB/OLB | Florida State:
The Rams need to replace Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Christian Jones would not only provide the Rams the toughness and speed, but he will also give the Rams some versatility as he can be either play middle linebacker, rush 'backer/ blitzer and a defensive end on nickel/dime packages. He is also great analyzing plays against red-option offenses like the Panthers, Seahawks and the 49ers.

Round 4, Pick 14: Zach Mettenberger  QB | LSU:
The Rams needed an upgrade at backup QB who can potentially challenge Sam Bradford. Mettenberger has a benefit of playing in pro-style offense under Cam Cameron so his transition would not be as difficult.

Round 5, Pick 13: Wesley Johnson, OT | Vanderbilt:
Wesley Johnson is one of the top Offensive Lineman in the SEC. He help Zac Stacy rack up 2000 yards in his last two years in Vanderbilt and what good about Johnson is his versatility to play all FIVE o-lineman position. He's practically another Barrett Jones but much better body frame and more disciplined.

Round 6, Pick 12:  Chris Coyle, Fullback / H-back / Tight End | Arizona State
Mike McNeil is a free agent and the Rams replace his production in both special teams and on Ogre Formations (Two Tight-end, 1 Full back formations).

Round 7, Pick 11: Dontae Johnson, FS/CB | North Carolina State
The Rams needed more depth in the secondary and with Darian Stewart now a free agent Johnson can play play both Free Safety and cornerback.