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LunchMoney's Rams 2014 Mock Draft

2014 Rams Hindsight Draft

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Show/Hide All Player Comments Round (Overall) Pos Name College Cls Height Weight 40
Show/Hide Player Comments 1st (2nd) OT Jake Matthews Texas A&M Sr 6'5 1/2" 308 lbs. 5.07
 

Analysis: I'll take the sure thing all day on a team that needs sure things. Matthews may not have the immense physical upside of Greg Robinson, but he's a plug-and-play guy that will be a good starter, at worst. I would have even been willing to concede and given in to the notion of Matthews playing LG (which I was against) if it meant we took him over Robinson.

Jake Matthews interview 11/23/2010
Jake Matthews vs Florida 2012
Jake Matthews vs Alabama 2013

Show/Hide Player Comments 1st (13th) UT Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Sr 6'0 3/4" 285 lbs. 4.68
 

Analysis: Donald is a guy that I saw as a realistic option for Rams, but never really felt strongly enough about the Rams' interest to project him to them. I was pleasantly surprised on draft day.

Aaron Donald Interview 1/22/2014
Aaron Donald vs North Carolina 2013
Aaron Donald vs Georgia Tech 2013

Show/Hide Player Comments 2nd (41st) FS LaMarcus Joyner Florida St. Sr 5'8" 184 lbs. 4.55
 

Analysis: Joyner will terrorize slot WR's for the next 10 years.

LaMarcus Joyner Official Highlights
Lamarcus Joyner vs Notre Dame 2011
LaMarcus Joyner FSU Highlights

Show/Hide Player Comments 3rd (75th) FS Terrence Brooks Florida St. Sr 5'10 7/8" 198 lbs. 4.42
 

Analysis: After I saw Brooks make a surprising slide into the third round, he became my #1 target for the Rams at 75. I would have loved nothing more than to reunite him with Lamarcus Joyner to give us the true center fielder that the Rams still lack after the draft.

Terrence Brooks Interview 1/22/2014
Terrence Brooks vs Pittsburgh 2013
Terrence Brooks vs Boston College 2013

Show/Hide Player Comments 4th (110th) WR Martavis Bryant Clemson Jr 6'3 3/4" 211 lbs. 4.42
 

Analysis: Knowing now that our brass knew Stedman Bailey was going to be suspended makes the decision to ignore the WR position even more perplexing. This was the perfect place to get value on Martavis Bryant, who may very well have the highest ceiling of WR in this class. He needs some time to learn, but he's not necessarily a project. I wouldn't be surprised if he's a pure stud by the time the 3-year developmental window WR's typically get passes.

Martavis Bryant Interview 10/28/2013
Martavis Bryant post route touchdown vs Furman 2012
Martavis Bryant Interview 4/13/2013

Show/Hide Player Comments 6th (188th) CB E.J. Gaines Missouri Sr 5'9 5/8" 190 lbs. 4.51
 

Analysis: Gaines is a 3/4 round talent, but I understand why the injuries caused him to fall. If healthy, Gaines will easily make the Rams roster out of camp.

E.J. Gaines Interview 11/20/2013
E.J. Gaines vs. Ole Miss 2013
EJ Gaines reverse on punt return 44 yards

Show/Hide Player Comments 6th (214th) OT Seantrel Henderson Miami (FL) Sr 6'7 1/8" 331 lbs. 5.14
 

Analysis: If you wanted to take a project tackle, why wouldn't you take the kid with crazy potential? Henderson could play inside immediately, and after slimming down a little, potentially kick out to RT, if necessary. The Rams coaching staff is tenacious and wouldn't let Henderson sit around and do nothing. They'd give him and ultimatum... work your butt off or go home.

Seantrel Henderson one on one blocking drill
Seantrel Henderson Interview 8/5/2013
Seantrel Henderson vs Virginia Tech 2013

Show/Hide Player Comments 7th (226th) HB Isaiah Crowell Alabama St. Jr 5'11" 224 lbs. 4.57
 

Analysis: Crowell is a back that is equally as talented as Tre Mason but with character concerns. The value here in the sixth round would have been insane, and I'd guarantee you Fisher would keep Crowell's head on straight.

Isaiah Crowell High School Highlights
Isaiah Crowell High School Highlights 2
Isaiah Crowell Freshmen Highlights 2011-2012

Show/Hide Player Comments 7th (241st) MLB Yawin Smallwood Connecticut rJr 6'2 1/4" 246 lbs. 5.01
 

Analysis: Smallwood was at worst at round 4 talent, but a deep draft drove him down the board. Smallwood could have realistically pushed Jo-Lonn Dunbar for the starting SLB job in camp. This would have been an excellent value pick.

Yawin Smallwood Interview 1/16/2014
Yawin Smallwood vs Michigan 2013
Yawin Smallwood Interview 10/10/2012

Show/Hide Player Comments 7th (249th) 43DE Michael Sam Missouri rSr 6'1 5/8" 261 lbs. 4.79
 

Analysis: Even with the limited pass rush only skill set that Sam possesses, he's still a fifth round talent. That's where situational pass rushers go. Sam undoubtedly fell because of his decision to come out. I'll stand by this pick for two reasons...

1. Like I said, situational pass rushers are fifth round talents. Sam provides good value for potential depth behind the new "Fearsome Foursome."

2. I think the bigger message this pick sent is very important. I gained a great deal of respect for our front office for being willing to take on the increased attention to make a statement.

Michael Sam Collegiate Highlights
Michael Sam Interview 2/22/2014
Michael Sam vs Oklahoma St. 2014 (Cotton Bowl)

Show/Hide Player Comments 7th (250th) OC Tyler Larsen Utah St. Sr 6'3 5/8" 313 lbs. 5.17
 

Analysis: I won't gripe about Rhaney, but I simply think Tyler Larsen was a better option at center.

Tyler Larsen Interview - 8/9/2013
Tyler Larsen vs BYU 2013
Tyler Larsen Fall Camp Interview 8/9/2013

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