Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Path to the Draft, 3/5
* #2 to-do. PTTD came out strong for Rams fans this year, with a lot of discussion on what the Rams can get for the #2 pick in the draft they currently hold. The Browns are reportedly balking at the idea of giving up both their first round picks, #4 and #22, for #2. NFL Network's analysts come to a quick consensus that 4 and 22 is a fair price for #2. Jamie Dukes even called it a "no-brainer". Actually, I'd want more than those two first-rounders, but the consensus doesn't seem to be that it'll be a lot more. Maybe a late-round pick or two. Dukes offered the opinion, though, that Washington would more than happily part with their first-rounder next year to trade up for Robert Griffin III.
Several factors could mess up the preferred scenario of the Rams trading out of #2 for a boatload of picks. Their names are Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. There's also the danger of Washington or Miami really falling in love with the currently-injured Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M). If Jake Locker can go 8, Tannehill can go 6.
Clint Clearwater, of the presumptuously-named thefootballexpert.com, is in the minority who thinks the Rams' move should be to stay at #2 and draft Ryan Kalil. They would miss out on the elite pass-blocker in almost any other scenario.
If the Rams do get stuck at 2, I agree that drafting Kalil is the move to make. Like everyone else, I would much prefer to deal #2 for the boatload of picks.
* Team rumors.
* Player news.
- Josh Robinson's Combine performance, highlighted by this year's fastest 40, 4.33, has moved him into the first round.
- Fletcher Cox got overshadowed by Dontari Poe's amazing workout, but had an impressive Combine himself, every bit as good as Quinton Coples, and that's a DT matching a DE. Should be a top-15, top-20 pick.
- Mike Mayock's top 5 QBs: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, Kirk Cousins. Tannehill shouldn't go any later than Seattle at #12. He can throw the whole route tree like a franchise QB; he just doesn't have a lot of starts (I think 19).
- Trent Richardson seems to be considered a top-10 talent by everyone, but isn't expected to be drafted that high because most teams use the multiple-back approach now. Hey, what happened to "best player available?"
* Mock draft, by Dukes and Charles Davis:
1 - Colts, Andrew Luck
2 - Browns, Robert Griffin III, trade with Rams
3 - Vikings, Matt Kalil
4 - Rams, Justin Blackmon
5 - Bucs, Morris Claiborne
6 - Redskins, Ryan Tannehill
7 - Jagwires, Melvin Ingram
8 - Dolphins, Riley Reiff
9 - Panthers, Dontari Poe
10 - Bills, Quinton Coples
Damn, I'll have what Dontari Poe's having. Wasn't he considered a second-rounder about a week ago?