Barring a trade into the top of the 2013 NFL draft order, the St. Louis Rams will find themselves in an unfamiliar position this April as holders of the No. 16 pick. Defensive tackle Michael Brockers was selected in 2012 as the 14th player off the board, after the Rams traded down—twice.
Maybe general manager Les Snead is comfortable in that part of the sequence. Of course, Snead would prefer to be on the clock in the back end of the draft—as the result of a long and fruitful playoff run—but he’ll get an opportunity to use a playoff team’s pick as well. The Rams also have the No. 22 pick as a result of the trade that sent the rights to draft Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III to the Washington Redskins in 2012.
Entering the NFL’s free agency period, St. Louis has plenty of needs (detailed here) that can and need to be addressed with free-agent acquisitions and/or draft picks. The following five players should all be given serious consideration by Rams brass with their first pick, assuming that they don’t trade up.