NFL Draft 2012: Why the Rams Will Be Picking First
With the Indianapolis Colts inexplicably, miraculously, unbelievably winning two games in five days, it creates a three way tie for last in the NFL standings, also known as a three way tie for first in the "Suck for Luck" standings.
The Rams are going to win. What I mean is, the Rams are going to lose the most games. Why? Because they're the Rams. They are like the opposite of that DJ Khaled song.
In 2011, all the Rams have done is lose, lose, lose.
I'll break it down for you. Here is exactly how the Rams are going to be choosing between two great young quarterbacks, Sam Bradford and Andrew Luck, in April 2012.
The Colts Are Going to Win Their Last Game
I think Peyton Manning has hooked up some kind of remote control to Dan Orlovsky or something. It's like Peyton is playing as Orlovsky on an XBox now, and he is making Orlovsky throw the ball to Reggie Wayne in clutch situations.
Of course, that is a good thing if you want to win the game.
I'm not sure Colts' fans want to win this last game, but judging from Jeff Saturday's comments, the Colts' players sure do. Here is what Saturday had to say (courtesy of ESPN.com):
“I ain’t worried a bit about the draft or any of it,” Saturday said. “I’ll let the Polians worry about that, that’s their job. My job is to win football games, that’s all I care about and that’s all they tell us to care about. I'’ve never heard one person in this organization ever talk about what our draft is going to be the next year. Those guys plan for it, they’re going to do their best to get the best players in here. You’ll see what you get.”
The Colts final opponent this season is the Jacksonville Jaguars. Their rookie QB, Blaine Gabbert, has been so awful this season that there are several experts saying the Jags should draft another QB in the 2012 Draft!
The Colts have all the momentum riding into this game, and they are going to win.
Minnesota Is Going to Win Another Game
Adrian Peterson is healthy again, so that means the Vikings chances of winning just went up by 4,000 percent. On top of that, the Vikings play at Washington, a very winnable game, and host Chicago in Week 17, a game that looks like a slam dunk for the Vikings right now.
Another factor to consider is the future of rookie QB Christian Ponder. Think about it, if the Vikings land the No. 1 overall pick, are the Vikings going to stick with Ponder, or are they going to draft Andrew Luck and just trade Ponder.
Yeah, that's not even a hard decision.
So Ponder is basically playing for his future in a Vikings uniform, because as we've already discussed, the Colts are going to win their last game. This is between the Vikings and the Rams now.
Ponder will play inspired football, and Adrian Peterson is going to run wild in his final two games of the season. I think the Vikings could win both games, but let's just say for a minute that they do lose at Washington.
Have you seen the Bears play recently? Everybody in Chicago is probably getting fired. Everybody from Lovie Smith to Mike Martz to the equipment manager. Everybody.
The Vikings are definitely going to win at least one more game, which means it comes down to what the Rams do in their final two games.
The Rams Play Pittsburgh and San Francisco
For the Rams, things couldn't be much worse. They have about 20 guys on the injured list. Their starting secondary, plus the backups are all hurt. Both starting offensive tackles and the starting left guard are out for the year. Street free agents are now protecting the QB.
I'm not even joking.
That might explain why the Rams are on their third QB of the season. Sam Bradford, the starter, and AJ Feeley, the backup, are both going to be watching this game from the sidelines. Even if they could play, who would they throw the ball to? The Rams best receiver, Brandon Lloyd, will be healthy, but that's about it.
Danny Amendola was lost for the year in Week 1 when his elbow went the wrong way. Rookie Greg Salas broke his leg and is done for the year. Adding insult to injury, rookie Austin Pettis was just hit with a four game suspension by the NFL for violating the banned substance policy.
The head coach is probably going to get fired. The GM is definitely going to get fired. The offensive coordinator is a hot candidate for the head coaching job in Kansas City, and for all we know he might be on the phone with Chiefs' GM Scott Pioli right now.
The Rams are an absolute mess.
To make matters worse, they play at Pittsburgh, and then close out the 2011 season by hosting the Niners. While it looks like Ben Roethlisberger won't play, it won't really matter. The Rams can not score. As a team, the Rams have fewer touchdowns this season than four or five NFL players!
The Niners might actually have something to play for in Week 17. I don't think they'll pour it on the Rams, but they will get a comfortable lead before pulling their starters.
There is no way the Rams win either of their remaining two games.
So the Final Standings Will Be...
St. Louis, 2-14
The Rams will hold the first overall pick, and they will have to choose between Bradford and Luck. I actually put the Rams on the clock for the Andrew Luck pick back on October 2nd. I haven't changed my mind since then. I think the Rams should trade the No. 1 pick to a team willing to pay a king's ransom. Bradford is the real deal, and if the Rams can surround him with enough help, he can lead the Rams to a Super Bowl.
By trading the No. 1 pick, the Rams could potentially set themselves up for a long and successful run with Bradford. Then again, maybe the Rams will pick Luck, and then trade Bradford because that would also land the Rams' several draft picks.
Either way, that is the choice the Rams are faced with. The St. Louis Rams are now on the clock.