Originally Posted by Playoffs
2 Jadeveon ClowneySt. Louis Rams (7-9)COLLEGE: South CarolinaAGE: 21HT: 6-5WT: 266POS: DE
Analysis: If Clowney doesn't go No. 1 to the Texans, the Rams will be ecstatic for two reasons: One, it would drive up the trade value for the No. 2 pick (at No. 6, the Falcons are one potential trade partner); and two, if the Rams don't get a trade offer that makes sense, they'll have the opportunity to take the best player in this draft and transform a good, young defense into an exceptional one. Yes, I know that the Rams already have a very good defensive line (and O-line was an issue last season), but in today's NFL, when you're defending the pass as much as teams are, being able to rotate your D-linemen or move a guy like Robert Quinn inside to rush the quarterback on passing downs would be a huge asset. Second down is the new third down. Greg Robinson is the pick if Clowney goes first.
This is another niggle that I've got on this draft & have had since day 1.
No matter who we pick, no one ever mocks Bridgewater, Bortles, or Manziel to St. Louis.
Bradford has been there for 4 years. He's on the final 2 years of his rookie contract. He'll have a $14M salary & $17M cap number. The Rams are as cap strapped as we are. But no one sees any of the three as an upgrade to a guy who only recently shown himself to be a quality starter.
Obviously no one believes the three to be an upgrade over Sam Bradford. Even at a substantial $10M cap savings. Yeah, they passed on RG3, at that time they'd have lost money on cutting Bradford. Now, they can walk away clean.