In a draft that is as deep as the upcoming 2013 version this April, selecting in the top 10 really doesn’t provide much of an advantage. While last year teams had their choice of franchise quarterbacks in the early going, this time around could see no signal callers even taken in the entire first round. For the St. Louis Rams, this will be the first time in a long time that the franchise doesn’t have a pick within the draft’s opening 10. What is even more advantageous for the club however is the fact that they have two choices in the top 22 (16 and 22 respectively) which should provide two starters to their roster.
NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock articulated his affinity for just how the Rams are positioned in this year’s draft. He said:
“I think St. Louis is in really good position. I don’t like being in the top 10 this year. I’d much rather be at 16 and 22. At 16, if they want to get an offensive tackle — or let’s just say, offensive lineman — they’re gonna be able to get a heckuva player. I think Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) and Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M) will be gone. So the question is — is Lane Johnson of Oklahoma there? If he’s there, I think he makes a ton of sense. D.J. Fluker (Alabama) is the next tackle. I think he will be there at 16, and he may be there at 22 unless there’s a run on tackles. When you’re talking about the wide receiver position, I think Cordarrelle Patterson’s (Tennessee) probably gone (by) 16. I think at 22, you’ll be looking at will Keenan Allen (California) make sense? And after that, I think you’re reaching at the wide receiver position.”
No shortage of analysis there by Mayock and he basically has the Rams drafting every offensive lineman and wide receiver in the mix for the first round. Seriously though, the Rams are in an enviable position to say the least. The club could choose to address their needs in the trenches, perhaps land another playmaker for quarterback Sam Bradford, or maybe even grab a safety. Mayock believes that Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro will likely be gone by the 16th overall pick, but the team could always opt to trade down and take a safety from the next tier of players.
This is clearly an exciting time to be a Rams fan as the team showed some serious improvement in 2012 and has a boatload of draft choices to work with over the next two years. General Manager Les Snead and Head Coach Jeff Fisher have already shown their ability to draft immediate contributors to the club and in some cases starters with their class from a year ago. This year is likely to yield similar results and the club has to hope that their win total continues to increase as a result.