2011 NFL Draft: Will the St. Louis Rams Get Sam Bradford a Top-Notch Receiver?
The 2011 NFL Draft is a hot topic as of late, but what are the Rams going to do with their first round pick?
The St. Louis Rams went from being the worst team in the NFL in 2009, to being one game away from a playoff spot in 2010. One of the top reasons for the Rams' success was the play of rookie quarterback, Sam Bradford.
The Rams' rookie passed for over 3,500 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season, and that was without a true No. 1 receiving option. With the 14th selection in this April's NFL Draft, Bradford may get his wish of a top-notch target.
Moving to another popular destination for mock drafts, Walterfootball.com projects Julio Jones to be the pick here, if he is available.
"Jones had an incredible performance in Indianapolis, running a 4.39 and leaping an 11-foot-3 broad jump despite suffering through a fractured foot. If Julio Jones somehow slips to No. 14, he'll be the pick."
After his incredible performance at the combine, it does look like Jones could be gone by the time St. Louis picks here at No. 14. After Jones and A.J. Green, there really aren't any receivers that would be worthy of this high draft pick.
If not receiver, perhaps the Rams can turn to defense.
Todd McShay, of ESPN, has St. Louis taking Illinois DE Corey Liuget in his latest mock draft.
"Jones is the Rams' dream pick here, but Liuget is the most underrated defensive tackle in this class and he makes the most sense as the next option. Liuget is quick, strong and has a relentless motor, and now is the time for the Rams to bring in a good young tackle with Fred Robbins on the back end of his career and Gary Gibson and Clifton Ryan both being free agents."
Personally, I don't agree with this pick. The Rams need to grab Jones if he is there, but if he isn't, there are much better defensive ends that should be available this early in the draft.
Wisconsin's J.J. Watt and Missouri's Aldon Smith are both better players, and both could be available at pick No. 14. Watt is a guy that dominated Big Ten quarterbacks over the past couple of years, and Smith is a project player, but he might have the most potential of any defensive player in this entire draft.
Go for Jones if he's there, if not look at Watt for that second option. He has a "never quit" attitude that coaches love to see in a player.
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