By Kevin Major @KevinMajor_Rant on April 29, 2014
The St. Louis Rams hold 12 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, including the second and 13th overall selections. The Rams will look to use their multitude of picks to improve their roster and address needs at wide receiver, offensive tackle, cornerback and safety. With so many holes to fill, the Rams will need to make sure they nail their two first-round picks. In order to do so, the Rams should avoid these five players.
Khalil Mack projects to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL at either defensive end or outside linebacker. Despite Macks' vast talent, the Rams should avoid drafting him with the No. 2 overall pick. With Chris Long and Robert Quinn already on the roster, St. Louis is set at the defensive end position. Instead of selecting Mack, the Rams should focus on addressing more pressing needs with their first pick.
Jake Matthews is one of the prized offensive line prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft. Matthews will likely be a starter from day one at either left or right tackle for whatever team drafts him. However, if the Rams decide to draft an offensive tackle with their first pick, they would be better off selecting Greg Robinson over Matthews. Robinson is a better athlete than Matthews and has a much higher upside.
St. Louis may look to upgrade their secondary with the 13th pick in the draft. Rather than draft a cornerback like Darqueze Dennard, the Rams should select a safety like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The cornerback class is deep in this year's draft, and St. Louis will be able to find talent at the position in the second or third round. Drafting Dennard at No. 13 would be a reach.
If the Rams do not draft Sammy Watkins with the second overall pick, they may be tempted to take a wide receiver at No. 13. Odell Beckham Jr. would be an option at this point in the draft, but St. Louis would be wise to hold off on a wideout until a later round. Similar to cornerback, the wide receiver position has great depth. St. Louis would get a much better value by drafting a receiver such as Allen Robinson in round two.
Drafting Blake Bortles with the second overall pick would waste an opportunity to bring in an elite prospect who could help fill one of St. Louis' many needs. Bortles is arguably the best quarterback in the class, but he does not warrant a top-two selection. Instead, the Rams should use their first-round picks to surround Sam Bradford with talent in order to find out if he is truly a franchise quarterback.
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