– On the heels of Washington’s loss to Seattle in a NFC Wild Card playoff game on Sunday, the Rams’ draft posititons for this year’s NFL Draft are now set in stone.
– The Rams will pick squarely in the middle of each round – 16th – with each of their seven picks. But the Redskins’ pick was more uncertain as they fought their way to a NFC East Division title and a spot in the playoffs.
– With Washington losing to the Seahawks, there is no more uncertainty. The Rams additional first-round choice, acquired from Washington in the big trade last offseason that netted Washington the No. 2 overall pick in exchange for its first rounder in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and a second-rounder last year, will be No. 22 overall.
– So, the Rams hold the 16th pick in each of the seven rounds as well as the 22nd pick overall heading toward April.
– Over the course of the next few months, we’ll have all kinds of coverage to get you ready for it starting with my annual trip to Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl a week from today. Since I haven’t been able to dig into draft stuff just yet, here’s a quick early glimpse of how a few media outlets have the draft working in the 16th and 22nd spots in this year’s draft in their WAY early mock drafts:
ESPN.com – Todd McShay and Scouts, Inc. do not have a mock draft but in their player rankings, they have Texas S Kenny Vaccaro ranked 16th and Mississippi State CB Johnathan Banks ranked 22nd.
Mel Kiper Jr. has Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins 16th and NC State QB Mike Glennon at 22.
Remember, those are just prospect rankings, obviously not predictions of which way the Rams will go though Vaccaro at 16 would make some sense, no?
On the mock draft front, here’s a small sample of what’s out there:
Rob Rang – Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews (16th) and Alabama G Chance Warmack (22nd).
Dane Brugler – Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher (16th) and LSU S Eric Reid (22nd).
– For the record, Matthews has not declared eligible for the draft and signs point to his returning to school next year. Fisher will be at the Senior Bowl and we’ll be sure to catch up with him there.
Todd McShay did do a mock draft back on Dec. 12 but it’s out of date in terms of selection order. At the time, he had the Rams taking Fisher and Cal WR Keenan Allen.
Peter Schrager did a mock on Jan. 2 that sent Matthews to the Rams at 16 and West Virginia QB Geno Smith at 26 with the note that a team would likely trade up to the Rams’ spot there.
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Former NFL Scout Russ Lande, who worked for the Rams at one point, did his mock on Jan. 1 and had the Rams selecting North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper at 16 and West Virginia WR Tavon Austin at 22.
– Again, all of these mocks are being done way too early and without knowledge of who is coming out or even in some cases the proper draft order. We’ll update as we go along.
– In the meantime, look forward to plenty of draft coverage to come. The Senior Bowl features a lot of interesting players both in terms of potential Rams’ interest and from a local perspective. Fisher, Cooper, Oregon OL Kyle Long (Chris’ brother), Oklahoma OL Lane Johnson, Wisconsin OT Ricky Wagner, Kansas State WR Chris Harper, Wisconsin RB and STL native Montee Ball, Missouri Southern DT Brandon Williams, Mizzou LB Zaviar Gooden, Kansas State LB Arthur Brown, Banks and Georgia S Bacarri Rambo are among those expected to attend.
– Thanks for reading and stay tuned for much more.
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