2014 NFL Draft: Day 2 Prospects the St. Louis Rams Must Target

Day 2 Prospects the St. Louis Rams Must Target

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The St. Louis Rams have 12 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. They will need to use these picks wisely in order to go from worst to first in a division that includes the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. The Rams' most glaring needs are at wide receiver, offensive line and in the secondary.

Here are five players St. Louis should target in Round 2 and Round 3 of the draft in order to address these needs.

5. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

Gabe Jackson Mississippi State
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5. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

Gabe Jackson Mississippi State
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The Rams lost Harvey Dahl, Chris Williams and Shelley Smith from their offensive line this offseason. St. Louis will need to resort to the draft to fill the void on their offensive line; and an ideal pick would be Gabe Jackson. At 6-foot-3, 336 pounds, Jackson is an absolute road-grater. He started all four years at Mississippi State, earning First-Team All-SEC as a senior. Jackson is a polished product who could contribute immediately.

4. Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

Donte Moncrief Ole Miss
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4. Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

Donte Moncrief Ole Miss
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The Rams lack a true No. 1 wide receiver. Last year's first-round pick Tavon Austin showed flashes of playmaking ability towards the end of the season, but he is more suited to play in the slot. Enter Donte Moncrief. The 6-foot-2 Moncrief wowed teams at the combine with his athletic ability, running a 4.40 forty, and posting a 39.5 inch vertical. If Moncrief can improve his route running, he will be difficult to stop.

3. Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

Jimmie Ward Norther Illinois
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3. Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois
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Outside of T.J. McDonald, the Rams are very thin at safety. Drafting Jimmie Ward would give the Rams someone to pair with McDonald to solidify the back-end of their secondary for years to come. Ward was tremendously productive during his time at NIU, recording 11 interceptions and more than 300 tackles. He does not possess the prototypical size of an NFL safety, but he has the instincts and athleticism to be a difference-maker at the next level.

2. Jimmy Garappolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Jimmy Garappolo Eastern Illinois
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2. Jimmy Garappolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Jimmy Garappolo Eastern Illinois
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Sam Bradford has struggled with injuries throughout his career. With only two years left on his contract, it is time for St. Louis to consider bringing in another quarterback. Jimmy Garappolo is a player who could develop behind Bradford for a few seasons before taking over the starting job. Garappolo threw for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns in his senior season, and has the potential to become a starter in the NFL.

1. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Jason Verrett TCU
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1. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Jason Verrett TCU
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The Rams released cornerback Cortland Finnegan earlier this offseason. In order to help replace Finnegan and add more depth to their secondary, the Rams should target Jason Verrett. Verrett is of a similar stature to Finnegan at 5-foot-9, 189 pounds. While small, he is a freakish athlete. Verrett ran a 4.38 forty and recorded a vertical jump of 39 inches at the combine. He would be a great fit as a nickel corner for St. Louis.


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