Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory

NFL Draft rumors 2014: Rams to target Sammy Watkins?


The St. Louis Rams traded up in the 2013 NFL Draft to select West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin. This season, Austin showed why the Rams traded up to draft him with a number of big, game-breaking plays, but that may not stop the Rams from adding another talent on the outside high in this year’s draft.

With two first-round picks, the Rams will have some flexibility on the direction they will go in the 2014 draft, and one move they could make is adding Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who is the consensus No. 1 wide receiver available.

Mel Kiper of ESPN provided some insight in his latest ESPN Insider piece.

“The Rams could move off the No. 2 pick they have from Washington,” Kiper wrote. “But a year after drafting Tavon Austin, they could still use an elite perimeter receiver to challenge for balls in the air and stretch defenses over the top.”

If the Houston Texans take Teddy Bridgewater with the No. 1 pick, then there could be a number of teams looking to trade up to select South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. By trading down, the Rams would be able to continue stockpiling high picks and still land a talent like Watkins.

It would be a move that you would have to consider a success.

With their second of two first-round picks, St. Louis could still add a talented offensive tackle prospect to keep Sam Bradford standing upright next season.

Do you think the Rams should consider drafting Watkins with their first pick of the draft? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.

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  • Nathan Kearns

    Offensive tackle and wide receiver are certainly not the St. Louis Rams “top needs,” but with Les Snead manning the helm, it would not be surprising to see the St. Louis Rams draft Sammy Watkins around the No.10 slot (give or take).

    However, you can almost bet the wife and kids that they will target the best available secondary player with their second 1st-rounder, presumably Alabama S Haha Clinton-Dix. Re-signing Rodger Saffold and extending Joe Barksdale will likely be the “key moves” of the Rams offseason. With Jake Long wrapped up until 2017, the highest that St. Louis will snag an offensive lineman is in the 2nd Round… and that will likely be a guard, or some guard/tackle hybrid.

    • pboi619

      What are you talking about our top need right now is O-line cause there is so many injuries….i do agree we need a S and i love Haha Clinton-Dix i Say we draft Sammy Watkins then Haha Clinton-Dix
      and in the second round get a OG…and i do agree we need to resign Rodger Saffold cause he is just a monster when he is playing Guard

      • Nathan Kearns

        The St. Louis Rams had a Top 15, arguably Top 10 offensive line in the NFL this season, despite regular shuffling on the offensive line through midseason.

        The top three graded offensive linemen are all listed on the roster as offensive tackles (Long, Saffold, Barksdale, in that order).

        Barksdale is signed through 2015, Long through 2017, and Saffold will like sign an incentive-filled deal worth somewhere in the $6-7M per season range within the next couple of months.

        Meanwhile, the safety position is starting a second-year, 3rd rounder how missed half the season with a broken leg (T.J. McDonald) and an undrafted free agent who is, at best, a special teams ace (Rodney McLeod). Do not tell me offensive line is THE top priority….

        Moreover, Jo-Lonn Dunbar just finished the season ranked 31st out of 35 qualifying 4-3 outside linebackers; 68th out of 77 if you include all outside linebacker. In fact, despite playing only 425 snaps, he missed 13 tackles…. worst ratio in the NFL… and he allowed a staggering 100% catch rate in coverage… the only linebacker in the league to reach that horrid make.

        So again, there are plenty of higher priorities than adding another Top 5 offensive lineman…

        • Gary Stewart

          yesterday i saw a mock that had barr falling to dallas at 16-17 i thought that guy needed to be examined then this morning i saw a mock that DID NOT include khalil mack at all. plus had clowney falling to #7 thats proof that mockers can be crazy

          • Gary Stewart

            just asking here if khalil mack was there at 13 and we didnt already take barr or mosely wouldnt you take mack over dix and hope to find a quality safety in the 2-3rd rounds??

          • Nathan Kearns

            If Khalil Mack, is there at No.13, I’d certainly consider it, depending on who was take at No.2 (or taken in the traded down spot). He is exactly what the St. Louis Rams need at outside linebacker: big, physical, gets in the backfield, creates turnovers.

            It would finally get the Rams would of playing nickel so frequently…

          • Gary Stewart

            if you josh and blaine have been following my posts you know i have a crush on dix so to say i would give up on him means something but if there is a position that would get me to reconsider it would be olb barr mosely or mack any at 13 and we rework our safety thinking again

          • Gary Stewart

            barr and mack are my favorite 2 lbs mainly because they stress the qb forcing them to get rid of the ball earlier therefore helping the secondary play a tighter cover style for a shorter period of time each snap

  • Ryan

    Yes, Watkin’s is a future star, he reminds me of Julio Jones, we’ll take him one way or another I hoe

  • eric

    yes, tavon can run and dodge but,sammy jumps up and fights for the ball and has speed. we need him

  • Jose Antonio Velasquez

    Imagine St. Louis Rams having Watkins, Austin , Givens & Bailey. Hope the Rams draft Sammy Watkins. He has sure Hands, good size and speed.

  • Walk of Fame

    Trade 10 slot, keep 2 slot draft OL, TACKLE! SEC ROUND DRAFT SS, Than wr,olb big rb, back up qb,,LES SNEAD, needs to adress the shotty oc or just poor play calling by shotty, me i would send shotty packing!

    GO RAMS!

  • Collin

    Yes. Watkins and Tavon on a double reverse….. Who do you go for?