Rams were poised to pick Blackmon before Jaguars traded up

AP

The Rams are waking up satisfied this morning, knowing they drafted a player they like a lot in the first round in Michael Brockers, and knowing they’ll be in the driver’s seat tonight after acquiring two additional second-round picks. But that’s not to say everything played out just how the Rams wanted.

In fact, what the Rams were really hoping for was Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rams’ first choice was Alabama running back Trent Richardson, but it never seemed realistic that he’d fall to them with the No. 6 overall pick. Their second choice was Blackmon, and they thought they were about to acquire him until the Jaguars traded ahead of them and drafted Blackmon.

Silver writes that when the Rams found out the Jags had jumped them and would take Blackmon fifth overall, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher slammed his eyeglasses onto the table and uttered a one-syllable expletive. But Fisher recovered quickly and was thrilled with what followed: The Rams moved down to No. 14 in a trade that got them the Cowboys’ second-round pick, and the player the Rams chose at 14, Brockers, is someone they liked well enough that they would have considered taking him sixth.

Now the Rams are enjoying a Friday in which they’ll surely field many trade offers for the first overall pick in the second round. If they get an offer they like, they’ll continue doing what they’ve already done twice with picks in this draft, and gain value for a trade down. If not, they’ll begin tonight owning the 33rd, 39th, 45th and 65th overall picks, and knowing they’ll keep improving their team. Even after missing out on Blackmon.

58 responses to “Rams were poised to pick Blackmon before Jaguars traded up

  1. So the Rams ended up getting a guy that most people view as a bust already and they are satisfied?

    Welcome to bottom feeder reality Rams fans!

  2. Three 2nd rounders in this draft is not to be scoffed at. Hopefully the Bengals can move up on one of these with our crapload of picks.

  3. Something is telling me Shanahan is gonna be on the phone with his good buddy fisher to make a move to trade up in the 2nd round. There is just to much talent there this year..

  4. Rams were poised to take Blackmon, poised to take Cox, poised to take Floyd, poised to take Jenkins, poised to take Martin, poised to take Wilson. Rams lost everybody to teams that jumped right ahead of them!

  5. This cements that the Rams at #2 had one of the worst first day drafts in NFL history. They might redeem themselves but considering they went from RG3 to Brockers is pretty pathetic. Rams got trade happy and lost …

  6. cledawg says:
    Apr 27, 2012 11:12 AM
    Dear Jeff Fisher

    Glad your little trade down with the Redskins backfired.

    Backfired? They traded the number 2 overall for 3 first round picks and a second. I kind of like the Browns but their fans are pretty dense.

  7. I just hope, for the Ram’s fan’s sake, that Fisher doesn’t piss away the future first round picks he has like he did here.

  8. Though it’s not “sexy” and the fans may not like hearing it, the draft is made in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, not the 1st.

    Also considering the tremendous amount of holes St Louis has, stacking 2nd round picks is the way to go.

    Blackmon is not a surefire pick like Calvin Johnson was, he could easily be Mike Williams or Charles Rogers. There’s some solid wide outs still on the board.

  9. Reuben Randall still available …
    Trust me it’s a great deal and only time will prove me right… Again

  10. Also probably could’ve traded up to 3 with the Vikings before Cleveland did, and had their choice of Richardson or Blackmon. It isn’t like the Rams didn’t have a few extra picks to make deals with.

  11. They have picks 33, 39, and 45, and still picked in the first round!! Not to mention their 2 first rounders for the next 2 years! The Rams did not lose here, in fact they may have cemented their success in the future with the trades they made in this draft. Short sighted fans see that they missed out on Blackmon and considered the entire draft a bust but the reality is they acquired ALOT of value.

    P.S. I’m a skins fan

  12. You all belive these mock drafts don’t u???? Play makers aren’t play makers until they play at the next level.They were big fish in their little puddles… Rams have ended up with more quality shots at players who COULD become playmakers..dig. Ram On!!

  13. Not to mention that the Rams were targeting Fletcher Cox and the Eagles jumped them on that pick too. W/e tho, Brockers will be a player too. Rams can get SHill in the 2nd round.

  14. SJ39

    Getting 3 first rounders and a 2nd was a smart move, I’ll give you that. Honestly, trying not to be “dense” here, but it’s what you are able to do with your 3 first rounders that matter.
    You had a huge opportunity to get Bradford a true WR, you failed on that by trading to the 6th pick. So your saying that extra 2nd rounder Washington gave you was worth losing Blackmon? We offered you 3 first rounders, and not the second rounder, if you took that you would have had the 4th pick..Blackmon
    as a Browns fan you are falling into the same formula we have had for years. Quantity over quality….

  15. Can’t we just let the Jags and their fans THINK they won the deal?

    God knows they’re dying to win something, anything.

  16. I guess my earlier comment was deleted– not sure why.

    Anyways, to clarify a point made earlier– by trading the 2nd overall pick (and the rights to select RG3) to Washington instead of Cleveland, the Rams essentially gave up Trent Richardson or Justin Blackmon for Brockers and two 2nd round picks. That seem like a good deal or not?

  17. Also..you could have had our number 22 pick and locked up DeCastro or a solid o-lineman. Bradford has no chance with that line of yours

  18. qed7y, you are forgetting the Skins first round picks for the next two years. That was one of the best trades ever and especially in the last 15-20 years.

  19. It’s amazing how people are only seeing the not getting Blackmon part…for trading down from 2-14 they got 2 first rounders and 2 second rounders in a deep draft and if brockers becomes a solid run stuffer they’ve pretty much had a perfect draft

  20. The Prophet says:
    Apr 27, 2012 11:23 AM
    This cements that the Rams at #2 had one of the worst first day drafts in NFL history. They might redeem themselves but considering they went from RG3 to Brockers is pretty pathetic. Rams got trade happy and lost

    Wow, you sure have it figured out there dude. Your under the assumption that RGIII is going to be a superstar and Brokers is going to be a bust without them even playing 1 snap and not even knowing who the Ram’s will draft with the Skins picks they got for the next 2 years.

  21. Looks like the jersey in this picture is for a (really big) OL, not Blackmon. Looks like they got the customized lettering down, but not the sizing.

  22. cledawg, you have no idea what tightwad Holmgren was offering the Rams do you? Even if he finally came through with enough the deal with the Skins was already agreed to and Fisher was not going to renig.

  23. Silver writes that when the Rams found out the Jags had jumped them and would take Blackmon fifth overall, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher slammed his eyeglasses onto the table and uttered one long syllabled ‘KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN’ before touching the little triangle/arrowhead shaped thingy on his tshirt and asking to be beamed up.

  24. Jeff better take a couple of receivers quickly or Bradford will be holding the ball too long again, getting knocked on his A$$ and end up sipping Cambell’s Soup through a straw.

  25. Apr 27, 2012 1:16 PM
    cledawg, you have no idea what tightwad Holmgren was offering the Rams do you? Even if he finally came through with enough the deal with the Skins was already agreed to and Fisher was not going to renig.

    Actually, It was well documented in the Cleveland media, and a press conference that Holmgrenmade he said offered 3 first round pics. Our # 4 and 22 this year and next years 1st. He didnt offer the 2nd, this was confirmed by the Rams as well.
    I bet the Redskins finish with a much better record then the Browns who have the 3rd hardest scheduled in the NFL next year. So sadly when we win 2 games, you probably could have had a top 3 pick….
    Just saying, if I had a choice on who’s first rounders I would have wanted it would easily be the Browns, who have had a top 10 pick the last bazillion years

  26. I moved from Cleveland to St. Louis last year. This was in the papers in both cities, it was EVEN ON THIS SITE.
    Holmgren acted like a big fat baby when you gave the pick to the Redskins.

  27. I’m so sick of my fellow Rams fans that think Blackmon is so good! He is a Hakeem Nicks light or Michael Crabtree light on his best day. He never high points the ball and he is slow. If the Rams did want him at 6 then THANK YOU Jacksonville for jumping in there! #late 2nd round talent.

  28. Also, dude. The Browns and Skins put in there offers and were told the Rams would let both teams know which one they were going with. So your comment about a deal being done and Fisher couldnt take it back is totally wrong.
    do a little google search on it

  29. He must have extra happy when the Cards took Floyd ahead of them at 13 and the Niners took Jenkins in front of them at 30.

    Rams running out of options. I see them taking Randle, Hill or Fleener at 33.

  30. Rams have done extremely well for themselves, so far…….Only hope they whiff on the rest of the picks or NFC West better start worrying about them. Great coach, good players from draft equals great sucess……

    I think they have had the best draft of all the teams, thus far. Hope it doesn’t continue!

  31. Joetoronto, you mustve had fun watching everyone but the Raiders draft players. When do they pick again? Oh yeah the last pick in the 3rd round. lol.

  32. “joetoronto says:
    Apr 27, 2012 12:27 PM
    Can’t we just let the Jags and their fans THINK they won the deal?

    God knows they’re dying to win something, anything.”

    From the fan of a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in ten years?

  33. Ok… first off… it’s good to get extra picks… however… 3 in Second Round? that’s way too much emphasis on maybes… TBH they should have looked at players instead of picks…

  34. Reuben Randall will be drafted tonight by the Rams with their 33rd pick and Randall will be better than Blackmon at the next level. He has size, speed, and isn’t afraid to go over the middle. Everything Blackmon is but he’s faster, quicker and better playing against press coverage, whereas blackmon shys away. And NO Blackmon is not Anquan Boldin. Boldin does not shy away from contact.

  35. lokm88 says:
    Apr 27, 2012 2:22 PM
    I’m so sick of my fellow Rams fans that think Blackmon is so good! He is a Hakeem Nicks light or Michael Crabtree light on his best day. He never high points the ball and he is slow. If the Rams did want him at 6 then THANK YOU Jacksonville for jumping in there! #late 2nd round talent.

    yea, thats why every mock draft from the middle of last year up to now had blackmon in the top 5…….”late second round talent” my ass…..

  36. Guys, it’s all a guessing game now. Look at how many first-rounders don’t live up to hype, and how many reliable Super Bowl and playoff heroes are later-rounders (or even undrafted).

    It’s nice to be able to hit home runs in the first round, but at this point no one can say that anyone has done that. The Rams are an odd team in the sense that they have some stars (Bradford, Jackson) but a shaky supporting cast. They’re not a team, like so many others, that is lacking any real marquee player. They need a solid foundation and influx of good talent throughout. Combine that with a good system, which they will hopefully have, and they’ll be fine.

  37. Okay, but… They still
    Need someone for Bradford to throw to. Terrell Owens? If you’re going to let Bradford get killed physically by not protecting him, might as well kill him mentally with Terrell Owens and at least have a decent target out there. Maybe get Ocho too when patriots cut him.

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