The NFL Draft is fast approaching, which means teams are going to have to narrow down their wish lists to their top desired players. For the St. Louis Rams, they’re in a unique situation where they have two first round draft picks which means they can entertain more than a few top players as options in the first-round. One of those guys is Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and the Rams demonstrated the seriousness of their interest by meeting with him earlier last week.
Per Jim Thomas, St. Louis Rams beat writer:
. . . .Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee was in earlier in the week.
— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) April 6, 2013
Patterson has been linked to the Rams for sometime now by analysts who clearly see he makes sense with the team. The Rams let go of Danny Amendola earlier this offseason and they also let go of long time running back Steven Jackson. This puts the up and coming Rams in a position where they need to really beef up their offense and they need to do so over the long term.
Drafting young, talented players has always been a brilliant idea, but drafting the right ones is where the trick lies. Patterson looks to have everything the Rams need moving forward: he’s a young, tall and talented receiver who can be a deep threat No. 1 target for Sam Bradford. He’s being coveted by other teams that draft well before the Rams go on the clock but it’s starting to look like he’ll fall to them at No. 16 overall in the first-round.
St. Louis meeting with Patterson adds to the the speculation that they’ll be drafting him later this month if they can. The Rams have shown an interest in other receivers like Tavon Austin and DeAndre Hopkins, but it’s looking like if Patterson is on the board at 16th overall, it won’t take long for the Rams to make sure that’s no longer the case.