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Jrry32 New Look Mock Draft - 3/21/14

Discussion in 'NFL DRAFT / COLLEGE FOOTBALL' started by jrry32, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. jrry32 Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2013
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    This is a new scenario that I've been pondering after reviewing film on some players. While the first couple picks are typical of my mock, after that, it changes quite drastically. Some may like, some may not.

    Rams trade:
    Pick #2

    Falcons trade:
    Pick #6
    Falcons 2nd(#37)
    2015 2nd

    Rams trade:
    Rams 2nd(#44)

    49ers trade:
    49ers 2nd(#61)
    49ers 3rd(#94)

    Rams trade:
    Rams 3rd(#75)
    Rams 4th(#106)

    Patriots trade:
    Patriots 2nd(#62)

    Analysis: I still think the Falcons make the most sense as a trade partner. I think we'll have a hard time getting that future 1st out of them so we settle for a future 2nd here. We decide to trade down from our mid 2nd with San Francisco who trades up for a CB or WR that has fallen since they have multiple picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. We then trade up from our 3rd with New England for the pick right after the San Francisco pick we acquired.

    NFL Draft
    Round 1 Pick #6 - Jake Matthews OT/OG/C Texas A&M
    With Saffold coming back, that's a very large weight lifted. Still, I think Saffold stands a better chance to stay healthy at RG than he does at LT so I'd rather us keep him at RG. Drafting Jake gives us a player that can step in at LT if Long isn't ready(I think he will be) and play LG at a VERY high level if Long is ready. Matthews is incredibly technically sound, smart, and has top notch intangibles. His hand use, natural bend, and punch timing are all what you'd expect from a top tier NFL LT. He's also a great athlete who has underrated strength, excellent balance and impressive coordination. Matthews can play any position on the OL, is a plug and play guy from Day 1, and is a durable player who should have a long career in the NFL.

    Round 1 Pick #13 - Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
    He's a mainstay in my mock drafts for a reason. Donald is a special player at the UT spot in the NFL. His ability to penetrate and disrupt plays is unrivaled in this draft. While undersized at 6'1" 285, Donald has freakish athleticism for a DT and is a technically refined player that plays with a very high motor. He was very arguably the best defensive player in college football in 2013. His hand use, use of leverage, lower body strength, and explosion off the snap make him a lethal pass rusher. He also has the anchor, balance, ability to stack blocks, and lateral agility to be an effective run stopper in the NFL. Donald has the ability to be a Rod Coleman, La'Roi Glover, and dare I say it John Randle type force in the middle of a defense.

    Round 2 Pick #5 - Jimmie Ward FS Northern Illinois
    Every time you watch Ward play, he flashes. The guy is just all over the field. He always seems to be around the ball. Ward possesses top tier instincts, is a reliable tackler in space, and has the natural cover skills to match-up man to man on the slot WR. He also possesses the range and athleticism to make plays out of center-field as a safety. Him and LaMarcus Joyner are game changers imo at the FS spot. Those two guys are just incredible natural football players. Ward will struggle to get off blocks in the box and isn't the biggest hitter but as a FS in our scheme, that shouldn't be an issue.

    Round 2 Pick #29 - Phillip Gaines CB Rice
    Gaines lit it up at the combine by posting a 4.34 time in the 40, 6.62 3 Cone Drill, and a 4.04 Short Shuttle all at nearly 6'0.5" 193 pounds. His senior season at Rice, Gaines allowed only 13 receptions on 40 targets. Watching his film, I really liked what I saw of Gaines's cover skills. He's fluid mover with quick-twitch athleticism and quick feet. He possesses the loose hips to turn and run with WRs out of press coverage and the long speed to cover just about anyone. He also uses his length well and transitions out of his backpedal effectively. He has the athleticism and cover skills to be an excellent CB in the NFL with improved technique. While watching him, I also noticed that he's a pile watcher that doesn't really play that physically. He doesn't fight off WR blocks well, doesn't play with a lot of strength, and doesn't tackle consistently well. So you have to take the good with the bad, great cover skills but I'd call him soft.

    Round 2 Pick #30 - Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
    This pick might come as a bit of a surprise to some of you but after reviewing Abbrederis's film again, I really like what I saw. He's an INCREDIBLE route runner for a college WR that uses subtle fakes, route stems, changing of speed, and double/triple moves to setup CBs and get them out of position. If there was a record for forcing DBs to turn the wrong direction prior to making your break, making DBs loose their footing, and getting DBs to bite on double moves...I think Abbrederis would have broken the college record. It seemed whenever you watched him, he was selling his routes so well that he just created miles of separation coming out of his breaks. His route running ability might just be better than Keenan Allen's was last year. He sells his routes like a savvy 10 year NFL veteran. Can't wait to see what he does with NFL Coaching. He's a former walk-on QB so he's a really heady guy too and rarely ever drops passes. He also ran a 4.44 40 time at the combine and plays fast on film. The negatives I see in his game are that he's not physically strong and struggles to get off jams at times because of it, lacks bulk(6'1" 195), and isn't great at coming down with contested passes like a Mike Evans is.

    Round 3 Pick #30 - Charles Sims HB West Virginia
    With Stacy's tendency to get nicked up and our lack of 3rd down options at HB on the roster, I think Sims would be a nice pick-up here. Sims possesses natural hands out of the back-field(203 receptions in his college career) and runs excellent routes for a HB. He also is a good pass protector. He should, at minimum, earn reps as a 3rd down HB for the Rams. Sims also possesses the speed to take it to the house(4.47 40 at the combine), is a HB with impressive wiggle, and is a decisive runner that does a nice job of getting up-field. He would be a nice lightning combination to Stacy's thunder. Plus, if Stacy does get injured, Sims has the size(6'0" 215) to carry the load for the mean time.

    Round 5 Pick #13 - Trai Turner OG LSU
    Turner gives us additional depth on the interior OL. He came out a little too early as a sophomore but he's a 6'3" 310 pound OG despite his young age with very good athleticism for his size and solid power. There's definitely plenty of potential here for a guy like Boudreau to build on. And hopefully, Turner will be able to sit as a rookie and be coached up. Developmental OL pick here with a lot of upside.

    Round 6 Pick #12 - Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB Boston College
    Aggressive, athletic OLB that should be able to contribute to the Rams as a nickel LB and special teamer. KPL had an exceptional combine and an impressive senior season. On tape, he's athletic and instinctive kid that plays a lot more effectively than you'd expect downhill. He's a bit undersized at 6'0" 232 but he's not afraid to throw his body around. Still, he'll struggle disengaging from the blocks of TEs and OLs in the NFL.

    Round 7 Pick #11 - Trey Millard FB Oklahoma
    Millard is a hyper athletic FB from Oklahoma. He can lead block, catch the ball out of the back-field and run with it effectively. He appeared to be well on his way to being a 4th round pick due to his freakish athleticism for a 6'2" 255 pound FB but he tore his ACL during the 2013 season. Still, he has a lot of potential as a weapon and lead blocker in the NFL.

    Round 7 Pick #26 - Tahj Boyd QB Clemson
    Before someone complains that Boyd won't be here, this is just a name holder pick. We'd more likely draft a QB in this mock with one of our 6th round comp picks which is where we'd select Tahj Boyd or Tom Savage but I didn't feel like dealing with all the comp picks in this mock.

    Projected Starters
    QB: Sam Bradford
    HB: Zac Stacy
    FB: Trey Millard
    XWR: Jared Abbrederis
    ZWR: Tavon Austin
    SLWR: Stedman Bailey
    TE: Jared Cook
    LT: Jake Long
    LG: Jake Matthews
    C: Scott Wells
    RG: Rodger Saffold
    RT: Joe Barksdale

    LDE: Chris Long
    LDT: Kendall Langford
    RDT: Michael Brockers
    RDE: Robert Quinn
    WLB: Alec Ogletree
    MLB: James Laurinaitis
    SLB: Jo-Lonn Dunbar
    RCB: Janoris Jenkins
    LCB: Trumaine Johnson
    SLCB: Phillip Gaines
    FS: Jimmie Ward
    SS: T.J. McDonald

    K: Greg Zuerlein
    P: Johnny Hekker

    What do you guys think?
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2014
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  2. duckhunter Active Member

    Feb 17, 2013
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    ward, abbrederis and turner are very good additions.
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  3. Rams and Gators Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2013
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    Don't know much about the DBs so won't comment on those, but if you feel they're the best players for the team I'm cool with that.

    Again if you're spending a 1st on a DT I want him starting day 1.

    Love Jared, his game against OSU worth a watch for those who haven't.

    All in all i'll give it an A.
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  4. TexasRam Member

    Jan 13, 2013
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    Donald is such a game wrecker. Any Draft that comes out with Matthews and Donald is gonna be excellent. I also like Ward later than reaching for a safety at 13.
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  5. SierraRam Recreational User

    Mar 17, 2014
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    Agree 100% Ward has been my choice at S all along and Donald would be steal at 13! Our D would surpass the seacocks with this draft.
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  6. Tron Fights for the User

    Jun 1, 2013
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    I actually like this mock. It is different yes, but a good different. Love the Sims pick, have had him slotted to us in the early 4th in the mock I've never posted lol. Change stuff on it daily so probably won't week before the draft. Good mock, think its my favorite of yours so far.
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  7. den-the-coach Fifty-four Forty or Fight

    Jan 16, 2013
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    Well done as always because if the Rams make a deal, it will be with the Falcons IMO too many deals after that, but I understand. At RB IMO if the Rams draft a RB, it will be Boston College RB Andre Willaims because I know that Ram RB Coach Ben Sirmans will be campaigning for him because he coached him in college.

    Also IMO the Rams won't wait until the 7th round to draft a QB even if they sign Hill or another veteran. IMO 3rd or 4th round for the QB. I hope you're right about Donald because I would love him in horns.
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  8. CGI_Ram Hamburger Connoisseur Staff

    Jun 28, 2010
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    I LOVE this mock.
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