St. Louis Rams Mock Draft Roundup

Steven GerwelContributor IIIApril 27, 2014

St. Louis Rams Mock Draft Roundup

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    The St. Louis Rams are less than two weeks away from being on the clock, and the team is riding high with two first-round selections—the No. 2 and No. 13 overall picks. 

    And while the debates and draft chatter have gone on nonstop for the past several months, there still isn't a clear consensus on who the Rams will select with their top pick. 

    In an effort to end the confusion and determine the favorite player for each pick, this article will round up mock drafts from around the web to determine what the experts are saying. 

Round 1 (No. 2 Overall)

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    Todd McShay, ESPN: DE Jadeveon Clowney (subscription required), South Carolina

    Walter Football: LB/DE Khalil Mack, Buffalo

    Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: T Greg Robinson (subscription required), Auburn

    Rob Rang, CBS Sports: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

    Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: T Greg Robinson, Auburn

    Shane Gray, 101 ESPN: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson*

    Charles Davis, NFL.com:  T Greg Robinson, Auburn

    Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: T Greg Robinson, Auburn

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

    Brian Baldinger, NFL.com: T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

    Gerwel's Pick: T Greg Robinson, Auburn 

     

    The consensus seems to favor tackle Greg Robinson. Given his dominate play, elite athleticism and All-Pro potential, it's not difficult to see why. 

    If drafted, Robinson will likely start his career opening up run lanes at guard. After Jake Long moves on, Robinson will take over at left tackle and lock up the position for the next decade. 

    In this roundup, Jake Matthews and Khalil Mack tie for second place. Both are solid options for the top pick, but neither player has been able to win over the fans of St. Louis. 

    Sammy Watkins—a fan favorite—is surprisingly being mocked to the Rams only by Shane Gray of 101 ESPN. But make no mistake—this list in no way dismisses Watkins as a viable option for the No. 2 pick. 

    Todd McShay of ESPN is the only writer on the list to mock Jadeveon Clowney to St. Louis. There's a real shot Clowney will be selected No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans, but if he slips to No. 2, the Rams will have a difficult decision to make. 

     

    *Shane Gray has the Rams selecting Watkins at No. 6 overall in a trade down.

Round 1 (No. 13 Overall)

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    Walter Football: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio St. 

    Rob Rang, CBS Sports: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

    Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

    Shane Gray, 101 ESPN: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St. 

    Charles Davis, NFL.com:  QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

    Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

    Brian Baldinger, NFL.com: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville 

    Gerwel's Pick: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

     

    The popular opinion seems to suggest that the Rams will select a defensive back at No. 13 overall. But which defensive back will the team decide on? 

    Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has been a mock favorite for months, but cornerback is a far more valuable position than safety in today's NFL. 

    Justin Gilbert has been a personal favorite of mine since January, but there's a good chance he won't slip out of the top 10. In that case, Darqueze Dennard is a perfectly adequate consolation prize. 

    The oddballs of the group have the Rams pursuing Johnny Manziel and Odell Beckham Jr., but both players are long shots, as the Rams have more pressing needs at other positions. 

Round 2 (No. 44 Overall)

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    Walter Football: S Dion Bailey, USC

    Turf Show Times: S Deone Bucannon, Washington St. 

    DraftTek: S Deone Bucannon, Washington St. 

    Shane Gray, 101 ESPN: G Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St. 

    Gerwel's Pick: WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

     

    If the Rams decide to pass on Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor in Round 1, there are several promising options at safety in the second round—such as Dion Bailey and Deone Bucannon. 

    As you can see, I have the Rams going after Vanderbilt standout Jordan Matthews in Round 2. Given the team's past failures with second-round wide receivers (Donnie Avery, Brian Quick), it's easy to understand why this is not a popular pick. But if the Rams miss out on the first-round wide outs, it wouldn't hurt to bring in a second-tier receiver to compete with Quick and Austin Pettis. 

     

Round 3 (No. 75 Overall)

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    Walter Football: QB Tom Savage, Pittsburgh

    Turf Show Times: DT Anthony Johnson, LSU

    DraftTek: WR Dri Archer, Kent St. 

    Shane Gray, 101 ESPN: S Terrance Brooks, Florida St.

    Gerwel's Pick: S Terrance Brooks, Florida St. 

     

    This is a deep draft, so there's a good chance the Rams can locate a reliable starter in the third round, as long as they do their due diligence. 

    Terrance Brooks is an intriguing option and a likely Day 1 starter. Teaming Brooks up with second-year pro T.J. McDonald would instantly give St. Louis a young, formidable tandem up top. 

    Some feel the Rams will grab a safety earlier in the draft. However, safety was a major need a year ago, yet the Rams waited until Round 3 before drafting McDonald. With that in mind, it's not unreasonable to think the team will do the same this year. 

Round 4 (No. 110 Overall)

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    Walter Football: G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Canada

    Turf Show Times: LB Christian Jones, Florida St. 

    DraftTek: QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama

    Shane Gray, 101 ESPN: T Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee 

    Gerwel's Pick: DT Anthony Johnson, LSU

     

    Apparently, no two writers can agree on which position the Rams will pursue in the fourth round. 

    When in doubt, drafting a lineman with potential is never a bad decision, especially if he comes from the SEC. 

    Anthony Johnson played against the best competition in college football. With Johnson's high-quality experience, he'll immediately earn a spot on the defensive tackle rotation. 

Round 5 (No. 153 Overall)

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    Walter Football: DE/DT Ed Stinson, Alabama

    Turf Show Times: QB Brett Smith, Wyoming

    DraftTek: C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma

    Shane Gray, 101 ESPN: QB David Fales, San Jose St. 

    Gerwel's Pick: LB Jordan Tripp, Montana

     

    When searching for a fifth-round starter, it's best to lock in on a position that has been marginalized in recent years. 

    The Rams did just that last year and landed a starting running back in Zac Stacy. And much like the running back position, linebackers have been overlooked in recent years, which makes Jordan Tripp an exciting option. 

    Tripp will be an immediate special teams asset. And with proper coaching, he could crack the starting lineup by Year 3. 

Round 6 (Nos. 188 and 214 Overall)

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    Walter Football: T Justin Britt, Missouri; CB Bene Benwikere, San Diego St. 

    Turf Show Times: DB Dontae Johnson, North Carolina St. 

    DraftTek: G Charles Leno, Boise St.; DE Cassius Marsh, UCLA

    Shane Gray, 101 ESPN: RB Isaiah Crowell, Alabama St.; DB Dontae Johnson, North Carolina

    Gerwel's Picks: QB Connor Shaw, South Carolina; G Ryan Groy, Wisconsin

     

    The Rams have two picks to play with in Round 6, so it's only ideal to use one of those picks on a long shot with huge potential—such as South Carolina's Connor Shaw. 

    Shaw is not a blue-chip prospect, but he has the heart of a warrior and knows how to win games. He has an underrated arm, as well as the mobility needed to extend play and rip off big gains. 

    For a developmental project, the Rams could do a lot worse than Shaw. 

Round 7 (Nos. 226, 241, 249 and 250)

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    Turf Show Times:

    DE Larry Webster, Bloomsburg

    G Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee St. 

     

    DraftTek:

    OLB Marquis Spruill, Syracuse

    DT Khyri Thornton, Southern Mississippi

    LB Glenn Carson, Penn State

    TE Richard Rodgers, California

     

    Shane Gray, 101 ESPN

    RB Henry Josey, Missouri

    DT DeAndre Coleman, California

    G Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee St. 

    WR John Brown, Pittsburg St. 

     

    Gerwel's Picks:

    LB Glenn Carson, Penn State

    TE A.C. Leonard, Tennessee St. 

    S Christian Bryant, Ohio State

    RB Henry Josey, Missouri

     

    Shane Gray has the right idea mocking Missouri standout Henry Josey to the Rams in the final round. 

    Josey is not only a local favorite, but he has excellent speed—making him a nice complimentary back behind the bruising Stacy—and his work ethic is top-notch. 

    Also, the Rams will likely pursue a safety early in the draft, but since the position is such a desperate need, don't be surprised if the Rams grab another safety on Day 3. If the Rams wait until the final round to grab a second safety, Christian Bryant is a fine option.

     

    Steven Gerwel is the longest-tenured Rams Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and serves as the Rams' game-day correspondent. You can find more of Gerwel's work by visiting his writer profile or by following him on Twitter.