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RamsGab 1st Round Draft Preferences

Let’s take a look at who we will be keeping an eye on for the first round of the NFL draft for the Rams on Thursday.  The players here are in order of RamsGab’s preference.

Part 1 – The Fallers

1. Julio Jones – WR – Alabama – Jones is a dynamic wide receiver who may not have the deep speed, but with Danario Alexander and Donnie Avery, the Rams do not necessarily need more deep speed.  Jones is a willing blocker on the outside, which would help turn mid-range Steven Jackson runs into long runs.  Jones more than likely will not fall to 14, but he’s still top of the list.

2. Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson – Bowers is a dynamic outside pass-rusher who would be devastating when placed opposite Chris Long.  Bowers may not ever become Julius Peppers, but his all around athletic game would be an asset.  The knee issue seems like that type of late on draft nonsense.  The knee is the only reason he would drop to 14, but if he does, the Rams should run to the podium.

3. Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn – Fairley also probably will not drop, but some teams are wary of his attitude.  But, I think Steve Spagnuolo can channel his aggressiveness and turn him into a dynamic, dominant inside penetration defensive tackle.

4. Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina – Quinn is much more of a smaller, pass-rushing specialist.  However, that is exactly the type of player the Rams defense needs to get pressure on the quarterback.  Sense a theme here?  Quinn may drop because he missed all of last season due to improper contact with an agent.

5. Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska – I did not even think of Prince as an option here until Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch picked him in one of his mock drafts where he represented the Rams.  Seemingly the Rams would be set at corner, but Prince would make their front 7 all that much better by forcing the quarterback to hold the ball longer.  The Rams have always had trouble with 3rd and slot receivers, so pushing Bradley Fletcher to nickel would turn the Rams into a dynamic pass defense unit.

Part 2 – The Risers

6. Aldon Smith – DE – Missouri – Smith has been on the rise since the end of the season when draftniks have time to actually watch Missouri football games.  Smith is a potentially quick and explosive outside rusher, but he is a little small to be stout against the run right now.  He is a good selection because of his high potential.

7. Cameron Jordan – DE/DT – California – Jordan has also been on the rise due to his scheme versatility and ability to play both DE and DT.  A lot of mocks are pushing this pick to the Rams because of how the Rams like to move around their defensive linemen.  Jordan would be playing a lot on the Rams front 4 right away.

8. Corey Liuget – DT – Illinois – Liuget is the “eh” pick for me.  He’s not the most exciting pick in the world, but a lot of the player evaluators like his game.  If he’s the pick, I’ll be fine, but he’s not huge and I fear he will be eaten alive by the giant offensive lineman in the NFL and the Rams have had trouble in the past with their defenisve tackle being pushed too easily off the ball.

Part 3 – Just Say No

– Mark Ingram – RB – Alabama – Not in the first round with all the defensive lineman potentially available.  If he is available at 2.14 then absolutely.

– JJ Watt – DE – Wisconsin – 3-4 DE all the way.  Not a fit for the Rams.

– Ryan Kerrigan – DE – Purdue – I see “non-stop motor” and “not athletically gifted” and I say “pass”


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