UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr (11) during the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. UCLA defeated Virginia Tech 42-12. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Anthony Barr, Cyrus Kouandjio to the St. Louis Rams


The St. Louis Rams have two more first-round picks in this year’s draft, and I’m willing to bet that they’ll have more by the time the 2014 NFL Draft rolls around. Rams GM Les Snead loves to stockpile extra picks and trade down, and the Rams are in a perfect position to trade down from the No. 2 pick. They have a deep roster and are going to stick with Sam Bradford as their franchise quarterback, so there’s no point in reaching for a guy like Sammy Watkins with the No. 2 pick just to get a guy at a position they actually have a need at. The Rams need to trade down and take advantage of a team that wants a franchise QB like Blake Bortles.

2014 NFL Mock Drafts done by most writers don’t take into account trades, so it’s extremely difficult to actually do those mocks for the Rams. In his latest mock draft on NFL Mocks.com (you can read the full article by following this link), Sayre Bedinger has the St. Louis Rams taking UCLA Bruins star pass rusher Anthony Barr with the second pick in the draft and Alabama Crimson Tide offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio with the 13th pick in the draft.

In all honesty, I would have went in a different direction with both selections. Barr is more of a 3-4 OLB than a 4-3 DE, and the last thing the Rams need to do is draft a DE when they are already stacked on the defensive line. But if they do want to really hoard things up at the position, then why not go for Jadeveon Clowney? Not only is he the better player, but he’s also a much better fit in the Rams scheme; it doesn’t make much sense for the Rams to reach for Barr, when reaching for Clowney is a better “reach”.

If the Rams were to go best available at No. 2, then picking Clowney or offensive tackle Jake Matthews makes the most sense, because they are both elite prospects at extremely valuable positions. Most people have the Rams taking Matthews, but the Rams have a very good starting tackle duo in star Jake Long and the underrated Joe Barksdale, who should be entrenched on the right side. Rodger Saffold is probably going to be gone, and that’s because of Barksdale’s rise.

The Rams really need to trade down from the No. 2 spot, but maybe the guy who makes the most sense there is Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins. I know the Rams already reached for a WR in the top ten last year in Tavon Austin, and Watkins would definitely be a reach on paper at No. 2. But if the Rams really want to fill out a need and help out Bradford (and absolutely have no way of trading down), then adding a big-talent wide receiver like Watkins is justifiable.

Selecting Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio with the 13th pick is justifiable as well, but I would rather see the Rams select Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with their second first-round pick. He’s definitely the best safety in the class, and he has had an incredible college career for the Crimson Tide. The Rams need upgrades in the secondary big-time, and Clinton-Dix would undoubtedly be a big-time upgrade and a great value with the 13th pick. If he’s still on the board, like he is in this mock draft, then the Rams need to take him.


Tags: Alabama Crimson Tide Anthony Barr Cyrus Kouandjio Football Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jadeveon Clowney Jake Matthews NFL Draft Sammy Watkins St. Louis Rams Ucla Bruins

  • Gary Stewart

    im on record as saying if we cant get out of #2 go clowney or bridgewater if hou takes anyone but bridgewater and cut ties with sam and his 17.6 mil cap hit the scary thing there is free agency would be over for the most part b4 the extra cap space would be realized btw i am in favor of keeping sam but if bridgewater is there and no one is willing to trade maybe it should be taken as a sign, if the rams are able to trade down to #4 then i become a fan of drafting barr, if we trade down to 5-8 then i like watkins and i am totally on board with you joe on haha clinton-dix at 13 if we trade to 4 and take barr and dix we will have another high pick for the trade down and addressing cornerback and o line can happen with those pick(s),

    • Robert Patrick

      We ??? Are you part owner of the Rams or do you play for them?If the answer is ‘no’ to these questions then why do you say ‘we’?All you have is an opinion yet you use the word ‘we’,why?

      • Gary Stewart

        because as a ram fan for 50 YEARS i do feel like part of the team and besides it takes less time to type we than the mgmt or the rams

        • Robert Patrick

          You ‘feel’ like you are a part of the team? Guess what,you aren’t and to use the word ‘we’ makes it seem like you are part of decision making team for the Rams.How long you have been a fan is irrelevant and is it so hard to use their name or the word ‘management’?

          • Gary Stewart

            robert is this all you have to say nothing constructive regarding what you believe the rams should do or is it just gonna be you shouldnt use we no matter how long you have been a fan robert you are the one that needs to get real!!

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            C’mon Robert, it’s not that big of a deal that Gary used the word “we”. I know it’s off-putting to some, but there’s no reason to crush him for it haha.

          • Gary Stewart

            thanks for your defending me and the term ” we” is used by tons of people when talking about “their ” team what should be noted is that robert didnt have one useful thing to say or a single idea of what the rams should or could do in the draft which is the idea behind the blogs in the first place its a forum to share ideas not crush folks lol i am sooooo crushed lol

          • Gary Stewart

            fansided has the best writers keep up the good work

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            Thanks for the kind words, Gary, and I know others on the network would greatly appreciate that praise. I’m not half the writer Nathan Kearns is over at Ramblin’ Fan, and you guys are luck to have a Rams blogger as good as him and the guys over at SB Nation’s Turf Show Times. And hey, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is obviously great.

          • drewspinoso

            You “gots” that right!

          • Zachery Klausman

            Hey Robert how about you pull the stick out of your ass. People have every right to feel apart of the team they support you idiot ask any NFL Franchise you piece of garbage. Does it make you feel like a badass that you come on here and try to bully someone for feeling apart of a team. Its people like you who make the world a shitty place.

          • Robert Patrick

            Wow…..a tough guy on the internet,how unique.It is people like you who is bringing down society now that you people can marry.

          • Zachery Klausman

            You’re a piece of garbage and you hide behind a troll account. Troll on!!! I’m tough online in person anywhere! I just think you bashing people to try to make yourself feel better is sad. I pity you “Robert” I hope you find Jesus although I don’t know if he could help you.

          • Robert Patrick

            Troll account? Maybe when your husband lets you use the internet again you would see that this account is just a normal one.

  • Andrew Spinoso

    I think an important part of this discussion is how much Bradford wants to renegotiate his contract! 7 years 95 million with a snap requirement every year. Or………will he pull a Cutler or Flacco and DOOM the Rams? Teams can’t win with a 20 million dollar QB! Players are going to start picketing the Rams headquarters like some Occupy Wallstreet gathering. Eliminating the high rookie paychecks was about spreading the love throughout the team! Rams need a lot of O line and Secondary help and they won’t get that with some big ass paycheck!

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Yup, they are in no position to get screwed over like the Ravens were, but Bradford isn’t going to command that kind of money any time soon. That dude has absolutely no leverage.

      • Andrew Spinoso

        I didn’t think Jared Cook had any leverage either!

        • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

          Jeff Fisher loves some of his former Titans players that’s why he’s with the Rams.

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        His extension my be considered restructure of sort if the high cap money is spread out along the extension maybe some performance escalators added in.

    • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

      With Tom Condon as his agent (who by the Way is also the agent of the Mannings and Drew Brees) his extension would not be as big as Flacco or Cutler but more likely they would convert the guaranteed money and spread it all over the extension.

  • kc_walter

    I would take Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans in the first round, why not? that’s what the rams need is offense!

  • Corey Casey

    Sammy Watkins wouldn’t be a reach at 2. Kiper has Watkins at number 6 on his big board and Mcshay has him at number 4 that’s hardly a reach.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I wouldn’t go around using their rankings as gospel, but your point is well-taken; I guess it isn’t a reach. Heck, it definitely isn’t a reach for the Rams, considering their need at WR relative to their needs at the positions of other top players available with the 2nd pick like, say, DE. Watkins is a No. 1 WR and and an elite WR prospect, so he isn’t truly a reach at #2 for the Rams. Now, for the Jags or something, he would definitely be a reach there.

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    If we based on Jeff Fisher recent draft tendencies, he doesn’t pick Offensive lineman in the 1st round and in also the 3rd Linebacker in Fisher’s defense only takes 30% of the play since on nickel packages, Alec Ogletree and James Laurinaistis will be the once to remain. Sammy Watkins would more sense in pick #2 and FS HaSean Clinton-Dix is a much better pick at #13