Tuesday, April 23, 2013
2013 #bloggermock: Rams at No. 22
By Mike Sando
What's going on: Our eight divisional bloggers are participating in an ongoing mock draft Tuesday. Each blogger can make selections or trade picks for the four teams in his division.
How to access: Blogger mock console, and via #bloggermock on Twitter.
The latest: I used St. Louis' second first-round pick, No. 22 overall, for initial first-round pick, No. 16 overall, for Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter.
My rationale: Tavon Austin would have been a consideration here, but he went to the New York Jets at No. 13. Hunter wasn't ranked among the Scouts Inc. Top 32 the last time I checked, but I've seen him ranked higher elsewhere -- including at No. 20 in the Pro Football Weekly Draft Preview. I've gone back and forth in my mind over whether the Rams truly have a pressing need at receiver after adding tight end Jared Cook in free agency. There are three legitimate WR candidates on the roster. The Rams have faith in Chris Givens, Brian Quick and Austin Pettis. They could still use greater depth at the position. They could still use additional prospects in case Quick in particular fails to reach his potential. Hunter is a rangy 6-foot-4 with outstanding speed. Beyond that, who knows? All these picks are risky.
What's next for the NFC West: The San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to pick at No. 31.