So it looks like the Rams are going to have to make a very difficult decision. According to Peter King, Stafford and the Lions are now just talking money and he says:
“But you can take it to the bank: Stafford’s going to be a Detroit Lion.”
I know many of you Rams fans were hoping that Stafford would fall to us, but unfortunately, we will have to decide between Aaron Curry, Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe and the QB nobody seems to like, Mark Sanchez. So what are the odds of each player getting drafted by the Rams? Below is a list of them in order of most likely to be picked against most unlikely.
Jason Smith, OT, Baylor/Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
While Eugene Monroe seems to be a better pass blocker, various reports have said that the Rams like Smith slightly more than Monroe. I think Smith has more upside, and as a converted TE, I think he has the ability to play quicker, and has a much higher ceiling the Monroe. I believe it is almost like Long vs. Dorsey last year. Long is a high motor, good player, but Dorsey had the ability to be great. Monroe is Long and Smith is Dorsey in this situation. I think they will go the other way this year. Like Don Banks says:
“From the sound of things, the Rams are down to flipping a coin between Smith and Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe. When I do it, it keeps coming up heads for Smith.”
Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
All those Bulger-haters, you better perk up. I thought at first this was just an immaculate smokescreen to try and get a team like the Browns or the Jaguars to leap-frog Seattle, but the reports coming in from both local and national news say that indeed, the Rams are in LOVE with Mark Sanchez. But I can’t help but think this may be just one big trick.
Bernie Miklasz reported this yesterday:
“They have a man crush on Sanchez.
I think they’re trying to talk themselves into taking him.”
Peter King from SI also said:
“I think the Rams won’t take Sanchez, but they’ll be very, very tempted. I do not make this claim lightly.”
He states the only reason that they won’t take him is because the Rams need a tackle very badly. Being a skeptical person, I can’t help but think this may be one massive smokescreen, in an attempt to get the Manginious to trade up from the 5th pick to jump Seattle. Would you like Braylon Edwards on the team?
Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
For such a good player Curry is, it’s unfortunate that the Rams aren’t considering him more. At this point, I think it is down to one of the two tackles. I think that the Rams are confident Chris Draft can play at least one year at MLB, with them possibly taking a linebacker in the 3rd or 4th round.
Of course, this is all just speculation. Only one more day to see what is really up Devaney’s sleeve.