What Would St. Louis Rams Do If Picking No. 1 in 2014 NFL Draft Via Washington Redskins?
2014 NFL Draft: 5 Options for St. Louis Rams If They Hold No. 1 Pick
We have officially arrived at the point in the NFL season where many teams are more anxious for the offseason to finally arrive than for the next weekend of games. Unfortunately the year hasn't played out the way the league’s youngest team, the St. Louis Rams, would have hoped, and they are in the category of squads waiting for the ritual to come to its conclusion.
Along with this anticipation, however, comes speculation as to which teams will be targeting what players in the upcoming draft. Although it’s still ridiculously early to even get a remotely concrete idea of what might take place once the draft gets here, that won’t stop us from attempting to determine what teams will do once that time arrives.
The Rams are in an enviable position with the league’s youngest roster two years running and two first round picks again this offseason. This will be the last of their bounty from the Washington Redskins via the Robert Griffin III deal, but this might be the biggest payoff yet.
Currently RG3 and the Skins aren’t faring so well as they stand at 3-9 and are looking at this very moment at the very real possibility of forking over the second overall selection in May to St. Louis. With just one team ahead of them in terms of futility, however, and a slate of tough games remaining it’s fair to ask what the Rams would do if they ultimately end up with the top overall selection this offseason.
And that’s exactly what we are about to examine in the next handful of slides.
On a roster that really only has a few players one would deem irreplaceable the possibilities are truly endless for these Rams. These are the five most likely scenarios for the Rams should they be lucky enough to land the No. 1 overall pick via the Redskins in the upcoming draft.
5. Trade Down
Now obviously this one is always easier said than done, but it is a very real possibility now that the new CBA doesn’t dole out crippling contracts to teams holding early picks. A move like this would allow St. Louis to perhaps obtain yet another RG3-like bounty and stockpile future picks to continue being the envy of the league come draft day. It never hurts to plan ahead; just ask Bill Belichick.
4. Jadeveon Clowney
This might seem like overkill given the Rams’ stacked position at defensive end, but that might be the perfect way to mask their less than stellar secondary. Taking the best player available is never a bad idea, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone willing to dispute the fact that Jadeveon Clowney deserves that designation. Even though Chris Long remains a solid producer and Robert Quinn is on the verge of a Defensive Player of the Year campaign, further fortifying what is arguably the league’s best pass rush already makes a lot of sense.
3. Fix Awful Secondary
Of course addressing the team’s biggest problem area in the secondary would also make plenty of sense on defense. Cortland Finnegan has been banged up all season, and his ginormous cap number is likely to get him cut before the offseason even gets into full swing. Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson are nice starting points, but every team needs three solid corners in today’s pass-happy NFL. It might not be the best value pick, but if unable to trade down a guy like Ifo Ekpre-Olomu of Oregon, Jason Verrett of TCU, or Loucheiz Purifoy of Florida could make sense.
2. Teddy Bridgewater
This one won’t be the popular choice, but given all the uncertainty surrounding Sam Bradford still four years after he was taken No. 1 overall it just makes sense to weigh your options. Taking a franchise QB and moving on would allow the team to start fresh and save tons of cash from Bradford’s enormous deal by cutting him. It’s hard to see the team cutting bait even though the contract is just asinine, but perhaps Teddy Bridgewater could call St. Louis home.
1. Protect Sam Bradford
Always considered the safest picks in the draft, taking the top offensive tackle like Jake Matthews, Cyrus Kouandijo, or Taylor Lewan would make sense to replace the assumedly departing Rodger Saffold. Jake Long is already in place on the left side, but health has been a concern with him in recent seasons and you can never have enough quality offensive linemen. Trying to keep Sam Bradford upright has been a chore during the signal caller’s entire career, and if the Rams are still going to hitch their wagon to him they might as well protect the man under center as much as possible.