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Rams Draft Spots Set

Posted by nickwagoner on January 7, 2013 – 9:51 PM

- 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:

CBS Sports/NFLDraftScout

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.

ESPN.com

Todd McShay did do a mock draft back on Dec. 12 but it’s out of date in terms of selection order.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.

FoxSports.com

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.

National Football Post

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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3 Responses to “Rams Draft Spots Set”

  1. By rasool on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    we need to draft Tavon Austin the guy is a beast and has speed he is what we need on offence. him danny and chris given on the field at the same time along with lance beasting at TE will be similar to the packs and their wrs group

  2. By nich4rams on Jan 13, 2013 | Reply

    This year, Les Snead and Jeff Fisher will be taking names and beefing up an already fine team. Only to make this team a formidable team for years to come. There will only be surprise that will take this team to a new level. It’s early still. But, I can see the Rams filling holes, that they see what we can only wonder. It would be great to see Les, work his magic again. Jeff will evaluate, what each position and address as such. The key, is to add game changers and make both the Offense and Defense formidable. It would be great to see them get; Tavon Austin. But, I would trade his pick for 2 more picks in the 2rd. It would be great to get, Johnathan Cooper. But, I’d trade that pick. For 2 more picks in the 2nd rd, also. Giving, 5 picks in rd 2. So, many excellent picks to be had in that rd. Like D.J. Fluker ROT, Marcus Hunt DE, Zach Hertz TE, Chase Thomas OLB, Kyle Long LOT. Then, 3rd #80 Montee Ball RB. Then 4th #1112 rd, Kenny Stills WR. 5th Rd #144, Brandon Williams DT. 6th rd #176, Miguel Maysonet WR. 7th rd #208, Travis Bond OG. SS will be Orhian Johnson SS Ohio St, then C.J.Barnett FS Ohio St. Both UDFA..along with Drew Frey SS Cincinnati, Montori Hughes DT Tenn-Martin. Stephen Jefferson WR Nevada, Reid Fragel OT Ohio St. Oscar Johnson OT Louisiana Tech, Jasper Collins WR Mount Union, Kenny Tate OLB Maryland. Braden Wilson FB Kansas St. Maybe even Joseph Fauria TE UCLA if he should fall that far. T. J. Barnes DT Georgia Tech. Lerentee McCray OLB Florida. Manase Foketi ROT/ROG West Texas A&M. Shamarko Thomas SS Syracuse. To see how many of these holes will be filled. One explanation, for Marcus Hunt DE isn’t urgent need. But, what a backup. Better to have him than pass him up. Talk about depth and pressure the passer. Backing either Quinn or Long. A fresh pass rusher every other down or set of downs. Then we’ll see who gets worn out on passing downs.

  3. By mark jackson on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    st.louis first round needs , 16th pick plain an simple they need an receiver that can dominate a game the way givens , anmadola ,an steven jackson did , i think with there 16th pick they could find another dominator to push them further , Now 22nd pick there are some explosive runnerbacks coming out of 2013 draft even thou the rams have steven jackson , he’s gettin old an also 2013 is his last year signed with the rams .daryl richardson did more then prove his self , with his speed an power an talent to compete on the next level.i dont see him not having another big year,but also the rams need to build an build ,you cant go wrong with another skilled runner back behind daryl an steven jackson ,must use your smarts .if your first 2 picks are wit i layed out for you.the rams will finally always have the defense on there hills.names like (CALIFORNIA -Keenan Allen )there’s a receiver that fits well with givens anmadola an pettis.Robert Woods fits well with them also.alabama eddie lacy would be perfect for the rams 22nd pick .by me watching his highlights i see something in him that trent richardson had an thats nfl skill.there’s rumors goin around that the rams are looking to get a guard in the first round an thats ok but wut have the rams done on offense lately . st.louis havent been a playoff threat since they had marshall faulk an issac bruce. they also brought talented guards to st.louis along with jeff fisher an courtland finagan .well thats all i have to say for the future of st.louis i wish them to have a wonderfull 2013 season.

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