Options are a nice thing to have in life. Whether we are talking about a career path, what to have for dinner, or the NFL Draft, it’s always nice to have a variety of choices in your endeavors. For the St. Louis Rams, the 2013 draft will present a plethora of possibilities with their two first round selections on April 25th. The end result will depend on which needs the team ultimately ranks highest on their list of priorities. Here are some of the potential additions that the Rams could look into.
Even though the team added Jake Long in free agency, one of the league’s worst lines for the past half-decade could surely use additional reinforcements. Both guards Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper could be available when the Rams are first put on the clock by the Commissioner, but does the team see an immediate need at the position? In a draft so deep with line talent, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Rams go another direction in round one.
Now we are starting to get into one of the positions with a little less depth in this year’s class. The wideout spot isn’t as pressing of a need and some would think with the Rams adding tight end Jared Cook in free agency to replace the departed Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson. Cook can line up wide or tight depending on formation and he will be a tremendous addition for quarterback Sam Bradford to work with. While Cordarrelle Patterson would be tempting, it doesn’t look like he will slide that far and given that durability issues were a factor in negotiations with Amendola for General Manager Les Snead, Tavon Austin is likely just a bit too fragile for Snead’s taste.
This is the spot where the Rams are the thinnest. Both starters Craig Dahl and Quintin Mikell are gone and it’s likely the team will be starting over completely at the position. This is another area where the draft isn’t quite as deep, but some of the guys are the top are considered elite prospects. Kenny Vaccaro is an aggressive, in-the-box type of safety who loves to play the run, but many question his ability to stay at home and play center field against the pass. Jonathan Cyprien is flying up draft boards and is ranked ahead of Vaccaro by some. He has prototypical size at 6’0” 217lbs. and is a hard hitting presence over the middle to strike fear into opposing receivers.
While options are indeed a nice commodity to have at your disposal, they do make the idea of actually making a decision that much more difficult. For the Rams, weighing wants versus needs will be a huge debate in the war room. This fluid draft situation is sure to change a few more times between now and the actual selection date so be sure to stay tuned for the latest developments.