Evaluating 5 Most Mocked Players to St. Louis Rams in 2014 NFL Draft

5 Most Mocked Players to St. Louis Rams in 2014 NFL Draft

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The St. Louis Rams have been linked to numerous different players during the lead up to the 2014 NFL Draft set to commence in just one week’s time on May 8. With two selections in the first half of Round 1, the Rams are bound to be a hot topic leading up to the selection festivities. Mock drafts by the so-called “experts” have actually been hauntingly consistent as to which players the team may target. Here’s how they stack up.

5. Sammy Watkins, WR

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5. Sammy Watkins, WR

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There’s no doubt Sammy Watkins will be a dynamic weapon at the next level, but taking him at No. 2 overall puts him in the rarefied air of Calvin Johnson which he does not warrant. At just 6-foot-1, 211-pounds he is nowhere near the physical freak matchup nightmare that Megatron presents. The Rams already have several smallish receivers who are capable; taking Watkins would only compound the problem of getting them all enough reps to flourish.

4. Bradley Roby, CB

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4. Bradley Roby, CB

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This pick is a bit off the reservation as far as the Rams’ top needs are concerned, but it makes a bit more sense than you may think. Janoris Jenkins struggled in year two, and Cortland Finnegan was released this offseason. Trumaine Johnson still has concerns about consistency as well which makes this choice a bit more logical. While I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one at No. 13 overall, perhaps a trade down would make Bradley Roby a good fit.

3. Greg Robinson, OT

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3. Greg Robinson, OT

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The slow inevitability of this selection is starting to become painful, but it may end up being a bit less agonizing than it appears on the surface. Just because Jake Long tore his ACL late in 2013 doesn’t mean the Rams need a left tackle. It’s always great to plan ahead, but Greg Robinson only had one big season. He has crazy athleticism to excel as a pass blocker, but the film shows a player who needs serious refinement before seeing the field.

2. Calvin Pryor, S

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2. Calvin Pryor, S

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Now the picks start to fit the needs a bit more as landing a safety at No. 13 overall seems like an absolute must for a team that struggled so mightily in pass coverage a year ago. Calvin Pryor knows how to lay the lumber and provide deterrence for any opposing wideouts trying to come over the middle. Pairing him with T.J. McDonald would produce a duo at safety that could only be outdone by the No. 1 player on this list.

1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S

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1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S

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T.J. McDonald is more of an in-the-box type of safety with the ability to double as a linebacker if need be. That’s what makes Ha Ha Clinton-Dix the perfect foil with his immense athleticism and closing speed that is second to none at the safety position in this year’s class. He’s been compared to Ed Reed as far as his ceiling is concerned, and the Rams have to like the idea of adding a future Hall of Fame safety to their secondary.

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