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2014 NFL Draft: Grading Rams’ Second Day Picks

On Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams made two picks: one that made perfect sense, the selection of Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, and another that basically came out of left field with the selection of Auburn running back Tre Mason. Here’s how their second day selections grade out.

Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida State: Every other team in the NFC West has acquired a player who can play a hybrid safety/cornerback position, basically like a harder-hitting nickelback. Seattle started the movement with Earl Thomas, Arizona took Tyrann Mathieu last year, San Francisco took Jimmie Ward in the first round Thursday and now the Rams have Joyner. Joyner should play more in the mold of Mathieu, taking the high majority of his snaps at cornerback, but it’s nice that he has experience at safety should starters T.J. McDonald or Rodney McLeod go down. Joyner should be very adept at filling the Rams’ nickelback position, which was scheduled to be filled by 2013 fifth-rounder Brandon McGee prior to this selection.


Tre Mason, RB, Auburn: The Rams’s selection of Mason didn’t really make sense. They had a bigger need at safety which they could have filled with Florida State’s Terrence Brooks, but they decided to make a luxury pick instead. This pick signifies that the Rams aren’t as sold on incumbent running back Zac Stacy as once thought, as Mason was drafted two rounds ahead of where Stacy was taken last year and has a much more extensive college track record. In addition, Stacy and Mason are built the same and have virtually the same running style.

In addition to Stacy’s job being jeopardized, this selection really eliminates any chance that 2012 draft picks Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson will ever be a part of the Rams’ plans at running back. While Mason is a nice addition to the offense, the Rams had other areas that they needed to address first, and the pick comes off as general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher going back to Auburn once again, as they have now acquired five players from the school in the past year.


Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Lamarcus Joyner St. Louis Rams Tre Mason

  • elitster

    So true…. Round three is a head scratcher… Still have major holes on the OLINE and Safety. Unreal! Maybe Snead owes his alma mater?

    • pboi619

      Whats wrong with our O line now??? as of right now LT Jake Long RG Greg Robinson C Scott Wells RG Roger Sadffold RT Joe Barksdale thats alot of meat on the line plus we have Barrnet Jones who can play C or G and Tim Barnes our O Line is good…At safety we have Cody Davis who is a sure tackler and rangy FS or we can get Dion Baily…there are other option…you should know that the Rams have a strong finish in finding talent in the late rounds…

  • Rick Talley

    Not a head scratcher at all. The Rams now have a dominant, smash mouth line. Quick, hole-hitters only…no dancers, thank you!

  • pboi619

    Patrick Karraker they arent unsure of Stacy and by you saying that makes you sound stupid…Stacy had production and was scoring td’s this was just a value pick and a smart one at that it allows us to get rid of I.pead and D.Rich or even trade them away…with us picking up tre Mason it gives us a darron sproles type player but more physical…it was a smart move and he is better than Benny Cunningham right off the back….

  • Gary Stewart

    the author does not know fisher very well he loves running back by committee style of play and to say he is the same size and type runner is saying alot like keep the rbs fresh and pound the rock of course i am posting this comment on monday after we added a couple more safeties another couple corners and filled in the roster just fine thank you