Monday, February 24, 2014
So you're stuck at No. 2 ... cast your vote
By Nick Wagoner
The NFL scouting combine will officially wrap up Tuesday afternoon, but for the most part the players deemed potentially worthy of the No. 2 overall pick have already gone through their workouts and finished their time in Indianapolis.
The St. Louis Rams may well continue the search for a trade partner for their No. 2 overall pick, but knowing what we now know, it seems that if the team had to stay at No. 2 in May's draft, it would face an awfully difficult decision.
Since general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher have made it clear the Rams are committed to Sam Bradford as the starting quarterback, it seems almost certain the team won't be using the second pick to find a signal-caller.
In that case, it looks like the Rams' choices at No. 2 would come down to an impressive quartet: South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews, Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson and Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. Someone like Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack could also add some intrigue and be considered a dark horse candidate.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay ranks those players as his top five in the draft and it would be a major shock if the Rams used the second pick and didn't choose one of them.
So, let's operate under the assumption that the Rams are unable to work a trade and have to make a pick at No. 2. The goal of any pick is to marry need and value. Which player do you think best fits that description?
I wrote Sunday that I believe the Rams should select Watkins, even if they had to use the second pick to do it. I'm not going to back off of that less than 24 hours later, though I do believe a strong case can be made for all of the players mentioned.
My list would go something like this as we sit here today: 1. Watkins 2. Robinson 3. Clowney 4. Matthews 5. Someone else
I'm curious to see what you all think and I'll revisit this later in the week with your results. In the meantime, play general manager for a moment and let us know what you're thinking by casting your vote above.