Join Date: Oct 2009
I think the trade will go down with Washington. They will be willing to pony up more picks in the end, and I think they are just less gun-shy when it comes to making a deal. And, in the long run, it will be a better deal. We would likely get a pair of 1s, a two and a three. While that would be more than the Giants gave up for Eli, the Redskins have already made a colossal mistake by showing their hand and announcing that they would be willing to pay big for Griffin. Remember how well that worked for Mike Ditka? The Saints gave up way more than they needed to for Ricky Williams.
In any case, while the trade with Cleveland would give them a better spot this season, the 2013 pick from Washington will end up being way more valuable than this year's #22 pick from Cleveland.
As far as the draft goes, I see the Rams taking a best-player-available approach. I think this is a very knowledgeable group we have put together and there will not be any reaches like we have had in the past. Especially in the next few drafts, we have a bit of an advantage in that we have needs at many positions, so team need can really be thrown out the window. I see our needs being addressed through free agency while the draft is used to vastly improve our overall team talent level. So, while the rest of the world has already penciled in Justin Blackmon as our #1 pick, I don't think it is a given at all unless our FO believes that he is the best football player available whenever it is that we choose.
Some players that I really like, in no particular order...
David DeCastro, G, Stanford - I think he is the best offensive lineman in this draft, and he almost makes me wish we would trade down with Seattle. I said ALMOST.
Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis - I have heard nothing but positive about this guy in the last few weeks. Could be the kind of trench warrior that OC's hate to face.
Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin - I know that our interior line isn't as big of a need as other positions, but I really like lunchpail linemen who can make the running game go, and he is a really good one.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami - This guy has a lot of things that are hard to come by in a back: quickness, speed, vision, the ability to change directions, toughness. He is being compared to Clinton Portis and I don't think that is far off. I wish he would fall to the 2nd round but I don't see it happening.
LaMichael James, RB, Oregon - I see more of a receiver out of the backfield and less of a pure runner than Miller, but that may actually be a better fit as a compliment to Jackson. Could fall to the 3rd as the bigger backs, specifically Martin and Polk, have seen their stock rise.
Robert Turbin, RB, Utah St. - Big, strong, powerful, athletic. If we were to take another big back, I like him in the 5th round over Martin in the 2nd.
Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple - Ditto Robert Turbin.
Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech - The Rams need a WR project like Jay Leno needs another collector car, but this guy's tools put him head and shoulders above the talent level of the rest of the Rams' corps of receivers. In a couple of years he could be considered the best receiver from this draft.
Hebron Fangupu, DT, BYU - Great size, decent mobility, a strong motor and a great work ethic. What more could you ask for from a mid-round DT? Could be a strong competitor right out of the gates.
Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas St - A little on the small side (6'2", 235) with great speed (4.61) and super strong for his size (32 reps). Used to winning. Could be a strong contributor and may be had in the 4-6 range.
Tank Carder, ILB, TCU - TCU linebackers rarely get much attention, but they all have something in common: dependability. They play hard, have a nose for the ball, are sure tacklers, stay in position and play well within the system. We absolutely do not need an ILB. But with a 3rd day pick, this guy would be a great addition to the team.
Josh Robinson, CB, UCF - Great speed, especially recovery speed. Ran the fastest time at the combine for a CB. Has decent ball skills as well. I like him in the 3rd round.
Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon - They say he needs a 24 hour babysitter, he's out of control, a headcase, off the hook, misses team meetings. His teammates say he is a great friend and a good kid. He may not have what it takes to be a disciplined pro. Then again, he may come in with a huge chip on his shoulder after falling completely out of the draft and becoming an UDFA. I like the chances of the latter happening for some reason, I don't know why. Maybe it's just a hunch...a tactic by which many crimes outside of Beverly Hills get solved.
Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette - A bit on the frail side, and will need to get stronger at the next level. Has excellent speed and quickness, with a fantastic burst. Hails from Pahokee, Florida, also known as "The Muck." Young boys chase rabbits in the Summer to help feed their families and claim this as the reason why so many fast football players come from the area. 2nd pick, 6th round.