NFL Mock Draft: 10 Steps To Rebuilding the St. Louis Rams
It's no secret that the Rams have been in the cellar for quite a few seasons now. This year, however, they're looking at a very unique opportunity.
With the No. 1 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Rams are slated to take Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. To that I say, wrong prospect, right school.
The Rams' needs far surpass one position, and putting Bradford, who has an injury history, behind a porous offensive line reeks of David Carr syndrome all over again.
Well, then, the obvious pick is DT Ndamukong Suh, right?
St. Louis GM Billy Devaney has expressed on multiple occasions that he is willing to trade down from the top spot. Obviously, he is not in love with Bradford, or he is smart enough to realize that all of the Rams' problems won't be solved with the addition of a quarterback.
Which brings us to new Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren, who holds the No. 7 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Holmgren has not been shy about his interest in Bradford, even stating he would be willing to trade up to make the deal happen. With 12 picks in the draft, Holmgren has the extra firepower to bring his dream to reality.
This leads to the blockbuster trade that will help put the Rams on the fast-track to relevance within three seasons.
St. Louis trades the No. 1 overall pick to the Cleveland Browns for the No. 7 pick and two third round picks. Holmgren gets what he wants, and the Rams have a lot more room to play within the draft.
Now we arrive at the ten steps:
1. Trade down to No. 7 for a first and two thirds
Cleveland has expendable picks and a strong desire for Bradford, I sense Holmgren would jump at the offer.
2. Take OT Trent Williams (Oklahoma) in round one
Trent Williams would help solidify an offensive line that only has two decent linemen on it. No quarterback would survive behind this line otherwise.
3. Take QB Colt McCoy (Texas) in round two
With a new offensive lineman, it's a bit safer to take arguably the second best quarterback in the draft. Behind Williams, Colt has a legitimate chance to succeed. Posting a 70 percent accuracy throughout his college career, he brings the mentality of a winner, and accepts nothing less.
4. Take TE Rob Gronkowski (Arizona) in round three (pick one)
"A tight end is a young quarterback's best friend," one of the oldest draft sayings in football. Gronkowski in round three is a steal, with great athleticism and hands, and he presents the perfect checkdown option for McCoy.
5. Take G John Jerry (Ole Miss) in round three (pick two)
As stated earlier, there are only two decent linemen in St. Louis, and with Williams that makes three. In the third round, Jerry is a great value and could potentially start from day one.
6. Take RB Toby Gerhart (Stanford) in round three (pick three)
With the abuse Stephen Jackson suffers week in and week out, a Heisman candidate running back would be a welcome relief. The intelligence and smashmouth style that Gerhart would bring would take a lot of pressure off McCoy to perform right away.
7. Take FS Major Wright (Florida) in round four
In a surprise to everyone, Wright came out early for the draft. While young, Wright has all the skills and abilities to be a dominant starter in the NFL someday. The Rams secondary could use a ball hawk such as Major Wright, without question.
8. Take WR Jordan Shipley (Texas) in round five
With the exception of Donnie Avery, the Rams really have no go-to receivers. Shipley has great quickness and hands, while being compared to Wes Welker regularly. As if that's not enough, the chemistry between him and Colt would be priceless.
9. Take CB Walter Thurmond (Oregon) in round six
Had it not been for injuries, Thurmond would be a round three projection. Ronald Bartell has had a solid season, but will need help across from him.
10. Take OT Adam Ulatoski (Texas) in round seven
Another player McCoy would be familiar with, and in the seventh round, he could be the missing fifth piece of the line. A project in his own right, Ulatoski could be a pleasant surprise to a depth-starved Rams line.
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