If the Rams do actually draft Kalil at number two overall and Justin Blackmon is still on the board, can we really afford to pass up on such a talent? NFL Network’s Steve Mariucci doesn’t think so, as he has the Vikings drafting Blackmon after the Rams select Kalil at number two. I know we need offensive blocking in the worst way, but we do also need a deep threat wide receiver, for our QB to be able to stretch the field out some more. Don’t get me wrong! Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins are great, but if we could run Percy more in the slot where he’s DEADLY, and put Jenkins as our number three with Justin Blackmon as our number one deep ball receiver…that could really create some problems for defenses. It might even keep defenses from blitzing so much, and therefore make life easier on our sub-par offensive line. I know drafting a wide-out so high in the draft is risky business, but if ever there has been a wide receiver that probably isn’t a risk, it’s Justin Blackmon. The guy is a pure athlete with GREAT hands and big-play ability. I’m talking Terrell Owens kind of hands and ability here (younger, not washed up T.O.). But maybe the Vikings do believe it’s just too high of a pick to use on a receiver. No Blackmon, Kalil is gone…what to do now?
We draft Morris Claiborne, the 6’1” tall, 185 lb. Cornerback from LSU, that’s what! With our defense allowing 251.2 yards in the air this past season (26th in the NFL), we could definitely use a defensive back as talented as Claiborne on the team. But then again, maybe we could get more than just Claiborne out of this number three draft pick. Maybe we do work out a deal with another team and trade our draft pick to gain more draft picks. Our newly named GM Rick Spielman has actually even said that he would listen to offers for the pick. Who knows, we could possibly still land a great offensive lineman like Iowa’s Riley Reiff, just a few picks later, AND collect more draft picks along the way! Wouldn’t that be nice!? Personally, I would prefer the Rams just do what almost everyone says they will do and draft Blackmon, so we can take our young, “beast-mode” offensive lineman Matt Kalil to protect our boy Ponder before he gets killed. Unfortunately we won’t know anything for sure until April 26th. Until then it’s all just dreaming…
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