5 Worst Case Scenarios For St. Louis Rams at No. 2 in 2014 NFL Draft

5 Worst Case Scenarios For St. Louis Rams at No. 2 Overall

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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.

5. Jadeveon Clowney Doesn’t Go No. 1, But Rams Can’t Find Trade Partner

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5. Jadeveon Clowney Doesn’t Go No. 1, But Rams Can’t Find Trade Partner

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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.

4. Jadeveon Clowney Goes No. 1, Rams Opt For Jake Matthews

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4. Jadeveon Clowney Goes No. 1, Rams Opt For Jake Matthews

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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.

3. Jadeveon Clowney Goes No. 1, Rams Shock Everyone With Johnny Manziel

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3. Jadeveon Clowney Goes No. 1, Rams Shock Everyone With Johnny Manziel

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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.

2. Jadeveon Clowney Goes No. 1, Rams Settle For Sammy Watkins

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2. Jadeveon Clowney Goes No. 1, Rams Settle For Sammy Watkins

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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.

1. Jadeveon Clowney Goes No. 1, Rams Go For Upside of Greg Robinson

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1. Jadeveon Clowney Goes No. 1, Rams Go For Upside of Greg Robinson

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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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  • Dan Dickson

    I believe that the easiest way to look at the Rams 2014 draft is that they are playing with house money, they don’t have to break the bank again. They should use their own 2nd rd. Pick # 44 ..trade value (460) w/#13 trade value (1150) total (1610) to initiate a trade with Minnesota for # 8 …trade value is (1400)…you are leaving pts. On the table you gain those back trading down from # 2…A trade w/ Cleveland is (800) pt difference. That’s their 2nd (#35. 550 pts) + (#71. 235 pts.)….to deliver to Cleveland the QB of their choice. Don’t ask for their extra 1st rd. Pk. (26) be happy to be drafting two (2) of the top eight. ..moving up 9 spots in the second round. ..and picking up an extra 3rd (68)…All because Washington took a major step back at exactly the right time.

  • Dat Memphis Kid

    wait so who does this guy think we should draft

  • Dan Dickson

    I’m glad you asked, if Clowney goes 1st like everyone thinks, then someone (Clev. OAK. or maybe even somebody flying under the radar. Someone will want to move up doesn’t really matter. Who..If anyone is interested in the 1st QB off the board ..then all Jacksonville can do is take the 2nd best QB…or. Mack or Watkins. .but only 1 of them. It’s a very fluid situation. But by being flexible the Rams could win this draft. ..and that’s how you turn around a franchise by winning back to back drafts. OK you want picks. How about. MACK @#4…& DONALD @ # 8 OR 10….why not trade up from # 13. they have the ammunition. ..People are saying if they draft Clowney they should trade Long. ..no no no try an build Another Fearsome Foursome. Put Donald between Quinn and Long….Stack Mack W Ogletree. And Laurinitus…they say this draft is deep at. DB…WR… and OL….so they can upgrade in those areas in days 2 and 3 and they have the extra picks to maneuver up again. Oh yeah and because this is the end of the WASHINGTON BOUNTY. ..FOR handing them RG3. ..The Rams have to Draft their next QB just to cover their ass in case they were wrong about Bradford. …RG3…..or both of them…..How bout David Foles….& or. .Tajh Boyd..w/ a 4th or 5th rd pk….SO Sam feels the urgency we feel!
    DTMRAMFAN