The St. Louis Rams continue to reap the benefits from the Robert Griffin III trade—thanks in large part to the Washington Redskins struggles this season. It’s possible that St. Louis will have two picks in the top 15 of this upcoming draft. They face a lot of pressure to get these picks right because they have a roster on the verge of competing.
First course of action for St. Louis will be to determine whether or not they believe in Sam Bradford. While he hasn’t been horrible, Bradford also hasn’t done enough to suggest that he’ll develop into a franchise-caliber quarterback.
This is the year for the Rams to move on from Bradford because of those two first-round picks. St. Louis could be aggressive and package those picks to move up and secure a new quarterback. If they go in that direction they could even gauge the trade market for Bradford.
Maybe a team like the Houston Texans, who are in prime position to land the No. 1 pick, would accept a deal that includes the Rams’ two first round picks and Bradford. The Rams could then add someone like Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater.
St. Louis’ plans will go in a completely different direction if they decided to give Bradford another shot. In this scenario, the Rams could look to bolster the offensive line, add to the receiving corps or land some linebacker help.
Clemson’s Sammy Watkins would give the Rams a bigger target capable of complementing the smaller Tavon Austin. Michigan’s Taylor Lewan or Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews would immediately upgrade the right tackle position while giving St. Louis a long-term replacement for Jake Long.
Don’t rule out someone like Alabama’s C.J. Mosely or Buffalo’s Khalil Mack as options. Both would bolster the linebacker corps and provide versatility. These are two linebackers who play well against the run, hold up well in coverage and can get after the quarterback.
This is an important offseason for the Rams with a lot riding on the outcome of the draft.
St. Louis Rams Mock:
1st Round- C.J. Mosley, Linebacker, Alabama
1st Round- Ja’Wuan James, Offensive Tackle, Tennessee
2nd Round- Derek Carr, Quarterback, Fresno State
3rd Round- Craig Loston, Safety, LSU