The 2014 NFL Draft is quickly approaching us. This is an exciting time for us Rams fans as we have two of the top 15 picks in this years draft. This is also a great way for the Rams to fill their needs with very young, potentially franchise changing talent. That last phrase “potentially franchise changing talent” is why the draft is so important. The Rams had a pretty good draft last year picking up the explosive receiver Tavon Austin out of West Virginia, their new breakout running back Zac Stacy in the fifth round and also picked up one of their starting linebackers in Alec Ogletree. The success in this draft is something the Rams will need to repeat if they want to compete with the likes of the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers in the very tough NFC West.
As I mentioned the Rams have two picks in the top 15 (thank you Redskins), more specifically the second pick and the 13th pick.Let’s take a look at that number one pick and the possible options here. First we have to obviously look at arguably the best player in college football with defensive end Jadaveon Clowney out of South Carolina. In my opinion he is the most talented player in the draft and would make the Rams defensive line close to the top, if not the best, in the NFL. Unfortunately however I do not think he is someone that the Houston Texans will pass up with the number one pick.
The next, and maybe most popular option among fans, is the explosive receiver out of Clemson, Sammy Watkins Jr. This would be another great receiving option for Sam Bradford and would help out the receiving core tremendously. The receiving core has not been bad and will only improve this year even without Watkins. The Rams just drafted two young receivers out of West Virginia in Tavon Austin, who had a tremendous year, and Stedman Bailey, who really came on at the end of the year. One other reciever I would keep my eye on is Chris Givens. We have seen him have great games as a Ram and I would like to see more of him. The only other reason I would go against Watkins is because of the other glaring need that the Rams have which is offensive line.
The final, and in my opinion, best option for the Rams at the number two pick is the offensive tackle Greg Robinson out of Auburn. Robinson is said to be the best option at tackle in this draft and is a great run and pass blocker. He is someone that could start immediately and would really be needed to with the injury to Jake Long last year that has him in question for this season’s opener. Robinson was said to have had a really good day at the combine and some people were even comparing him to Cowboys great Hall Of Fame tackle Larry Allen. I think that this even leaves the possibility of trading back as Robinson will probably be available at the fifth or sixth pick.
As you may have noticed I did not mention any Quarterbacks for the Rams with the second pick. I believe you have to give Sam Bradford his last year to prove himself before drafting a quarterback to replace him with the second pick. That is not to say they should not draft a quarterback in a mid round just to be sure. I believe a guy like Aaron Murray would be a very good pick in the fourth or fifth round. The best option for the Rams is to get their franchise quarterback some protection and that is exactly what Robinson would do. Thanks everyone for reading and look for another article this week looking at the other first round pick the Rams have and what they should do.
Written By: Connor Walsh