7×32= Seven round Rams mock (minus the 6th round pick they don’t have), plus all 32 picks of the first round. Enjoy!
1(14) Aldon Smith, DE Missouri
The Rams would prefer Julio Jones, and I have a hunch that they will try to make a move tomorrow if the price is right. But since I’m not predicting trades here, I’m sticking with Aldon Smith. Smith has a shot at being available at No. 14, and he is a much better option than Corey Liuget.
Chris Long is a high-motor left-defensive end that creates pressure and stops the run. However, the Rams need a bull rushing right-end to get to the quarterback’s blind side, especially since James Hall is 34 years old; and Aldon Smith can be that guy for the Rams.
2(47) Stefen Wisniewski, OG/C Penn State
I’m under the impression that none of the wide receivers outside of A.J. Green and Julio Jones will offer the Rams anything that they don’t already have at the position (except for Greg Little, but the Rams refuse to take any chance whatsoever on players with character concerns). They need a true No. 1 receiver, not their third No. 3 receiver.
So the next best thing would be to find a guy at a position of need who can be a starter come opening day. Wisniewski could be that guy. Adam Goldberg was brutal at right guard last season, so he needs to go. Wisniewski could be the final piece to the Rams’ young offensive line.
3(78) Kendall Hunter, RB Oklahoma State
The Rams need someone behind Steven Jackson. They can’t expect Jackson to stay healthy and effective at this point in his career without a back-up that can take some of the carries. Kendall Hunter is a guy that can take 5-10 carries a game, just enough to keep Jackson fresh for four quarters. He would be a great fit as a third down back; he is fast enough to make people miss, and he is a solid receiver out of the backfield.
4(112) Lawrence Wilson, OLB Connecticut
Outside of Na’il Diggs, the Rams do not have any solid players at outside linebacker. Steve Spagnuolo’s defensive scheme does not call for beastly outside linebackers of Clay Matthew proportions, so the fourth round is probably a good spot to look for a starting outside linebacker. Wilson might not be an immediate starter, but he will see action as a rookie, and he will likely win the starting role by his second season (if not during his rookie year, mid-season).
5(145) Zach Hurd, OG Connecticut
I realize that in this scenario we just took an offensive guard with our second round pick. But if you think our starting guards are bad, then just look at our back-ups. I know a lot of fans still have faith in John Greco, but he can’t even start over Goldberg, so what does that tell you? Zach Hurd will be a good player to develop, and to use as depth.
7(228) Jeron Johnson SS Boise State
The Rams made a mistake by not paying Atogwe. I know that he would’ve been overpaid, that has been well documented, so it’s a good thing they got to keep that money to sign some free-agents!… oh, wait. But at least Stan Kroenke saved a buck, we can all be happy about that. And now we can draft Jeron Johnson in the 7th round to develop, and in the meantime we can watch Craig Dahl try.
FIRST ROUND MOCK
1) Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton QB Auburn
2) Denver Broncos: Marcel Dareus DT Alabama
3) Buffalo Bills: Von Miller DE/OLB Texas A&M -It seems as though the Bills are passing on a quarterback, which I agree with. It is better to take a player worthy of the top pick, rather than reaching for a quarterback. If Carolina was smart, then they’d forget about Cam Newton and go the same route as Buffalo.
4) Cincinnati Bengals: Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri -Many believe that if the Bengals pick a QB, then it will destroy any chance of Carson Palmer deciding to stay. However, Palmer has been plagued with injuries his whole career, so I’m doubting he’s the guy that will eventually take Cincinnati through a 16 game season and through the playoffs. If Palmer stays, Gabbert gets a mentor, if not, then the team moves on from a relationship that has already been poisoned. I know I just said I’m not a fan of teams reaching for quarterbacks, and the Bengals would be following that logic by taking A.J. Green, but they’d be following that logic for the wrong reasons.
5) Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson CB LSU
6) Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green WR Georgia
7) San Francisco 49er’s: Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
8) Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley DT Auburn
9) Dallas Cowboys: Tyrone Smith OT USC -This might be a slight reach for Tyrone Smith, but Marc Columbo and Alex Barron are not NFL quality starting tackles. Their entire season was ruined due to Tony Romo’s collarbone injury, and Tyrone Smith, who is an athletic freak of nature, will help prevent that from happening again.
10) Washington Redskins: Julio Jones WR Alabama
11) Houston Texans: Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
12) Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker QB Washington -This surprises me as much as anyone, but there has been a lot of buzz about Locker suddenly shooting up the draft boards, and I’m starting to believe it.
13) Detroit Lions: Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
14) St. Louis Rams: Aldon Smith DE Missouri
15) Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram RB Alabama
16) Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
17) New England Patriots: J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin
18) San Diego Chargers: Cam Jordan DE California
19) New York Giants: Corey Liuget DT llinois
20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: D’Quan Bowers DE Clemson
21) Kansas City Chiefs: Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
22) Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder OT Colorado
23) Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
24) New Orleans Saints: Akeen Ayers LB UCLA
25) Seattle Seahawks: Mike Pouncey OG/C Flordia
26) Baltimore Ravens: Muhammad Wilkerson DE/DT Temple
27) Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
28) New England Patriots: Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
29) Chicago Bears: Derrick Sherrod OT Mississippi State
30) New York Jets: Phil Taylor DT Baylor
31) Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams CB Texas
32) Green Bay Packers: Brandon Harris CB Miami