Thursday, March 7, 2013
First-round OT for Rams?
By Tim Kavanagh
Finding a new right tackle is absolutely a priority for the St. Louis Rams this offseason, and while they might find one in free agency -- Sebastian Vollmer, Andre Smith, Phil Loadholt, Gosder Cherilus and others could be on the market -- they may elect to wait and find a solution in the draft. St. Louis has two first-round picks thanks to the trade with Washington last offseason, and one of them could very well be used on a player that could fill the vacancy right away as a rookie.
In the view of Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, three options include Lane Johnson of Oklahoma, D.J. Fluker of Alabama and Menelik Watson of FSU.
In his third mock draft of the season, ESPN's Todd McShay shipped Watson to the Rams at No. 22 overall:
Todd McShayMock Draft V3.0
"At No. 16, Watson, who is from England, would have been a reach; that's why I went with Tavon Austin there. Here, where I had Keenan Allen in the first mock and Sylvester Williams in the second for the Rams, Watson could work. The Rams have a need at tackle, and Watson is a very talented athlete who is light on his feet for his size. He gets into sets quickly and with a lot of depth. Has long arms and can ride speed rushers past the pocket off the edge. But he's raw, and his football instincts need to develop."