FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: St Louis Rams

With The Second Pick In The FanIQ NFL Mock Draft, The St Louis Rams Select...

4/13/09 in NFL   |   Scott   |   52653 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the Detroit Lions, St Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. Every day from now until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis.

The first pick was linebacker Aaron Curry, out of Wake Forest. Next up is the St Louis Rams.

Team Needs
When your team finishes the 2008 season 2-14, there are obviously many problems that need to be addressed.  The Rams did go out and get a couple of players in free agency but there are still more holes in the roster that have to be filled.  The Rams could use a wide receiver after releasing Pro Bowler Torry Holt, a back up running back to Steven Jackson and a young quarterback that they can possible groom to be the replacement for Marc Bulger.  Defensively, the Rams could use help along the defensive line, in the linebacking corp and in the secondary.  However, with the Lions taking Aaron Curry, the temptation to take the best defensive player will no longer be there and the Rams will turn there attention to addressing there most glaring need, there offensive line.  First and most important, the Rams need to find a suitable replacement for offensive tackle Orlando Pace, the former #1 pick in the 1997 draft who was released this past offseason after back to back injury plagued seasons.  Replacing Pace is easier said then done but with the 2nd pick in the draft, the Rams have the chance to take there pick among the best offensive lineman in the draft.

Players Under Consideration
Jason Smith - OT - Baylor
Eugene Monroe - OT - Virginia
Andre Smith - OT - Alabama

Talent wise, these three tackles are as evenly matched as you can get and you wouldnt go wrong selecting any of them.  They are all three great at run and pass blocking and they could very easily all go in the first 10 picks of the draft.  For me, there are a couple of question marks that basically sets apart one guy from the other two.  Jason Smith probably has the most upside, but the fact that he's only been an offensive lineman for 3 years scares me a bit. There are also question marks about the character of Andre Smith, who showed up at the NFL combine out of shape before going AWOL.  With the Rams trying to weed out the bad apples currently in there organization, there is no need to take a step back and bring one into the fold.

St. Louis Rams Selection
With the 2nd pick in the 2009 Interactive FanIQ NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Eugene Monroe, tackle from Virginia.  For me, Monroe is the safe bet and most logical choice when it comes to the top lineman.  Compared in a couple draft books to Walter Jones, Monroe has got the speed, strength and athleticism to be a great lineman for a long time.  His overall consistency on and off the field is the biggest difference between him and the rest of the tackles on the board, a consistency that would make him a perfect fit for the St. Louis Rams.
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4/13/09   |   shox13191

bjaffe wrote:
remember Monroe kept kc's Braden Albert at guard for 2 years so Monroe obviously has real left tackle talent and will be a 10+ year starter

bjaffe

So true... He will be durable and talented in the NFL.  He will be like a Willie Roaf, a Jonathan  Ogden, or a dare I say, Jake Long???  He will be a guy you can depend on and build a offensive line around. I can see him blocking for a 1,700 yard rusher AND a 4,500 yard passer. 
I really like this guy, can you tell? lol.

4/13/09   |   bjaffe   |   10 respect

remember Monroe kept kc's Braden Albert at guard for 2 years so Monroe obviously has real left tackle talent and will be a 10+ year starter

bjaffe

4/13/09   |   shox13191

This is where I have him going in the mock draft I created.  The Rams will need someone to replace Pace and out of every tackle on the board I see him as well as, Jason Smith and Andre Smith.  I would pass on Andre though for obvious reasons.  That leaves Eugene and Jason.  I would take Eugene just because I think he is the better player, he reminds me a bit D'Brickashaw Ferguson. 

4/13/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

I love the pick of Monroe for the Rams. If Alex Barron can step it up, that gives the Rams a good young tackle duo.

4/13/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

DigitalSquire wrote:
Ive seen this pick in about 4-5 mock drafts already. Good pick. Doubt that Detroit takes Curry. Det will either pick Stafford or the kid from Baylor.

Detroit is probably gonna foolishly take Stafford at #1. He's good, but not #1 overall pick good.

4/13/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

Ive seen this pick in about 4-5 mock drafts already. Good pick. Doubt that Detroit takes Curry. Det will either pick Stafford or the kid from Baylor.