By Anthony Blake on April 26, 2014
The St. Louis Rams officially hoodwinked the Washington Redskins in the Robert Griffin III deal as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is set to illustrate. The hope for St. Louis is that they can maximize the selection and perhaps extort even more value for the pick, but it remains very possible that they will get stuck having to pick a player. Here are the five worst case scenarios for the Rams when they’re put on the clock.
This scenario seems implausible, but it’s possible the Rams will try to extort too much from a potential trade partner and scare suitors away. It’s hard to call is “worst case” to end up being forced to choose the best player available, but when both Robert Quinn and Chris Long are already on the roster, it kind of is.
Jake Matthews is great and the idea of building for the future at left tackle is good too, but this team needs to win now. The clock is ticking on the window for Jeff Fisher to show results, and this pick is for a team already producing winning records rather than one that finished in the bottom of its division a season ago. Matthews will be a solid pro, but it just doesn’t make sense to settle.
This is a complete long-shot bordering on fantasyland, but it’s still a possibility. Given my lack of faith in Sam Bradford under center this would seem like a pick to get behind, but the lack of separation with the QBs in this class makes it an unwise choice to go for one so early. The top four guys – Blake Bortles, Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr – could all wind up with excellent careers, but not worthy of going No. 2 overall.
While I think Sammy Watkins will be a dynamic receiver at the next level, this type of pick would directly contradict the assumption that the Rams want their current young receiving corps to grow in 2014. With Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens, Brian Quick, Austin Pettis and Kenny Britt in house, this pick would be ill-advised at best and a true waste of an early selection in my estimation.
Sure, Greg Robinson can run-block, but the job of a left tackle at Auburn is not the same as one in the NFL. This is a passing league, and taking a tackle this high suggests a supreme ability to pass protect. That’s just not the case with Robinson, upside potential or not, and the Rams can’t afford to roll the dice at No. 2 overall. Could the pick come up Yahtzee, sure; but could it just as easily be a complete train-wreck? Absolutely.
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