The draft is only a week away, and many fans are wishing they could get inside the head of Billy Devaney. Who does he like? Who are they going to pick? Well, with one week a way, let’s take a look at the players the Rams have scouted and looked at, along with who they might pick with their draft picks.
For the second pick, I’m thinking more and more that they are going to select Eugene Monroe. I was originally writing something about how Alex Barron could potentially realize he needs to improve, but then I had an epiphany, “this is Alex Barron we are talking about.” I’d love for him to make me eat my words, but I think that the Rams will be looking for another tackle next year, whether through free agency or the draft, unless Barron dramatically picks up his game.
That’s why the Rams, barring trades or Billy Devaney getting knocked unconscious by John Shaw, will pick Monroe. They need a tackle, that’s plain and simple. I watched the “Rams: On the Clock” show on ESPN, and the “experts” said that Bulger was good while there was talent around him and that he’s gotten worse as that talent has left.
But I’d like to see Tom Brady play in Linehan’s system throwing only to Joe Klopfenstein and Derek Stanley, while being protected by Alex Barron and Richie Incognito. As an adamant Bulger supporter (you need to give him one more year, at least try to protect the guy), they need to draft Eugene Monroe. You can’t utilize Avery’s speed if he only has enough time to get 5 yards before a throw must be made.
“With his fluid body flexibility, he has no problem sinking his hips and anchoring to protect the pocket”
-NFLDraftscout.com on Eugene Monroe.
I know pocket protection is a foreign phrase to many Rams fans (since it hasn’t been seen since Orlando Pace wasn’t getting injured all the time), but you HAVE to protect the quarterback. They need another tackle that is capable of starting, period. Eugene Monroe will be the pick at #2.
As far as pick #35, it is a little hazier. The Rams have many needs, and there are plenty of solid picks for all of them. I think they will probably go defense, possibly snagging either James Laurinaitis (less likely) or Ziggy Hood (more probable). I think Draft is capable of starting for one year at the very least, so I think Ziggy Hood is more likely of a pick.
Carriker and Ryan haven’t done a whole lot to prove their starting status. This is a big year for both of them, but especially Carriker.
When you talk about the later rounds, it gets pretty cloudy. I’d say it would be safe to assume the Rams add a WR, ILB, OT and a QB. This is a big year for incumbent Rams players. A fresh start to the franchise and new coaching staff will demand improvements in their play.
There are a LOT of players that need to improve. Bartell and Hill in the secondary, Long, Ryan and Carriker on the D-Line, just about all the Wide Receivers on the team and also Bell and Barron on the Offensive line. That’s about half the starters on the team. If they don’t improve, you could be looking at a very different team in a few years.