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As of December 2, the Rams are projected to pick 13th and 15th (Washington's picks) in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.
Despite Jeff Fisher's tendency to take offensive tackles in the later rounds and develop them, I think the need is so great—with Barry Richardson currently number one on the depth chart at right tackle—that they have no choice but to take a tackle in the first round.
Sadly, top-rated tackle prospect Luke Joeckel is not likely to be there when the Rams' first pick rolls around. That leaves either Taylor Lewan or Jake Matthews—the second and third ranked OT prospects in the draft, respectively—for the Rams to choose from, both of whom are projected as solid mid first-round picks.
I'd be satisfied with either one of them.
The second first-round pick is a source of much debate among Rams fans and I admit I could see them choosing to go a number of different ways.
The areas of need are wide receiver—which I'm praying they stay away from—outside linebacker, safety, tight end and maybe even an offensive guard. OG's don't normally get taken in the first round, but Alabama's Chance Warmack is considered an exceptional talent.
I think the safety position is the most glaring of those needs. Craig Dahl is a rock-solid football player but he's not a game changer. Quintin Mikell is not the player the Rams' previous regime thought he was when they brought him in (shocker).
LSU's Eric Reid will be an upgrade the Rams badly need.
The knock on Reid is that he is overly aggressive—getting drawn in by fakes and breaking containment by over-pursuing. He also might be, according to cbssports.com, "the most violent striker in the SEC." That would make him just the kind of player that Jeff Fisher loves to have.
And that is precisely why I love to have Jeff Fisher coaching my team.