We assembled a crack team for the Rams war room in Mock Three, spanning three Rams blogs and four reasonably sound minds, and spent a good chunk of Friday building our draft board. Now that our pick is in, I don't mind sharing our board with you:
Option 1: Julio Jones ... taken by the Chiefs in the 9th pick, after a massive trade.
Option 2: Aldon Smith ... taken by the Patriots with the 12th pick, after a trade with Minnesota.
Wildcard option 2: Da'Quan Bowers ... taken by the Lions with the 13th pick.
Option 3: Trade down ... but the apparent value of the top OT in the draft, Tyron Smith, is nose-diving as Dallas, Washington, and even the Lions passed on obvious pocket protection needs.
Option 4: Corey Liuget. We got our man! Yay?
In the short term, people are wringing their hands because we couldn't land a big-name, high-potential player. But as far as filling a need with a productive draft-day riser, the Rams will have done well with this pick. And Liuget would land with a team that he's been rooting for. He will have to quiet the naysayers, though, who will be ready to make the inevitable Damione Lewis comparisons.
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I don't want to say "Liuget is the Rams' worst-case scenario", 'cause I really like his game and demeanor, and he'd fill a big need. Still, there's no sugarcoating the fact that I'd prefer the other three options above. I do agree that using a third-rounder to move up absolutely wouldn't be worth it. The Rams need more picks, not less.
Very surprising that the Lions didn't go with the highest OT on their board, but there have been some recent rumors of the team liking Aldon Smith, suggesting that they're still looking to improve their pass rush. Jeez.
Mock Three is shaping up to be pretty intense, but fun. I worry about the Rams' second-rounder. In past mock drafts, I haven't seen much value left there, but you never know.