Saturday, January 30, 2010

So how then shall we draft?

Having watched a week of Senior Bowl practices, and having heard the words of Mike Mayock on some of the top candidates, how then shall we (the Rams) draft in 2010?

Let's remember that we were the worst team in the NFL, and primarily because of our offense. I still believe our Defense and Special teams are sufficient to fuel and playoff drive in 2010, if only our offense can produced 23 points per game. That might be enough for 9-7 and a 6th seed in the NFC. Getting to 23 points per game is going to be extremely difficult. That is a 230% increase in offensive output per game. This will require firing Pat Shurmer and acquiring some high-end free agents {perhaps like Brandon Marshall and Michael Vick}.

Draft List #1

The Rams have only 1 pick in each of the first 4 rounds, and we will select first in every round. We aren't missing any of our picks, but we don't have any extras at this point until the 5th round. Presuming we make no trades, acquire no draft picks, make no changes in draft order, we could take all of the following players in the first 4 rounds.
  1. Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska: Mike Mayock says that Gerald McCoy is better. Mayock says McCoy is like Mike Williams of the Vikings, but could be better. I hate to break it to you, but that doesn't sound like a worthy #1 pick in the 2010 draft. I saw plenty of the Vikings this year, and Williams was not their best pass rusher or best defensive lineman. That was Jerad Allen. If McCoy might be better than Mike Williams, I leave him on the table and take Suh.

  2. Tim Tebow QB, University of Florida: This is my favorite kid in the whole damn draft. If he is a mistake, he is a mistake I am more than willing to make. I believe he is a great gamble, and precisely what we need at QB. He should be availible at the top of 2nd round. Don't even think about Clausen.
  3. Dexter McCluster, WR/RB Ole Miss. This is Mike Mayock's favorite kid, and my second favorite kid. He does nothing but make explosive touchdown plays. He takes nothing passes and turns them into 45 yard explosions. He takes simple pitchouts, and turns the corner against SEC defenses loaded with Sunday players. I think he is a super-weapon, and the perfect lightning to Steven Jackson's thunder.

  4. Myron Rolle, SS Florida State. This is the Rhodes Scholar from Florida State back in 2008. He's been at Oxford University for the past year. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl but is not expected to be drafted before the 4th round. I'll take him there, thanks. We could use a super-smart Strong Safety to lead our troops.
What happens if both Jimmy Clausen and Tim Tebow are both on the board at the top of the 2nd round? Let's hope that doesn't happen. Let's hope Seattle or San Francisco relieve us of Clausen in the 1st round. That would be the best thing for us all the way around.

What happens if neither Jimmy Clausen nor Tim Tebow are on the board at the top of the 2nd round? At that point I would try to re-jigger my draft order a bit and look for Colt McCoy, whom I like a lot.