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Rams could take Jake Matthews with the second overall pick


The second overall pick for the second consecutive year could be an offensive tackle from Texas A&M.

Last year, the Jaguars took Luke Joeckel second overall. This year, the Rams may take Jake Matthews with the No. 2 pick. That’s the prediction from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, who predicts that the Rams will draft Matthews. (Thomas is operating under the assumption that the Texans will take Jadeveon Clowney first overall.)

Rams coach Jeff Fisher previously coached Jake’s Hall of Fame father, Bruce Matthews, and Fisher said, “I think Jake’s got some similar traits.”

“He appears to be as competitive as his dad,” Fisher said. “His dad, if he was in this room, he would be doing something of a competitive nature.”

For his part, Matthews said he “would love to play for” Fisher. He may get that opportunity.

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43 Responses to “Rams could take Jake Matthews with the second overall pick”
  1. ravenswhat says: Apr 7, 2014 7:02 AM

    He’s not even the best tackle. The rams would be foolish to pass on Sammy Watkins.

  2. operations666 says: Apr 7, 2014 7:03 AM

    I don’t see the Rams ever winning with Bradford at QB. Seems like a good guy and seems to try hard, but he’s missing something. Seems like he doesn’t really “feel” the game.

    So taking an offensive lineman with the gifted pic they got from my Redskins is a major wasted opportunity. They need to grab a QB.

    Oh, well. Rams will probably sit in the basement of their division for the next few years.

  3. thevikesarebest says: Apr 7, 2014 7:15 AM

    The NFC WEST standings 2014:49ers 11-5. Cardinals 10-6 Rams:9-7 shehawks: 6-10

  4. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 7, 2014 7:17 AM

    One of the more technically-sound tackles of the past few years.

  5. bassplucker says: Apr 7, 2014 7:18 AM

    Matthews is better than Joeckl… and this year’s top 3 OTs are definitely more NFL-ready than the first 3 OTs who were drafted last year, even though they won’t all be taken in the top 5 as happened last year.

  6. kev86 says: Apr 7, 2014 7:26 AM

    Solid pick. I’d go Watkins ( or Clowney if there) but Matthews would be a solid OL pick. Robinson is higher risk.

  7. 1bigtex says: Apr 7, 2014 7:28 AM


    Remember when Oakland thought that they had to have a QB so they passed on Megatron and Peterson to take Russell? You draft talent first and position second. It’s not complicated!

  8. habsfanatic says: Apr 7, 2014 7:32 AM

    I’m sure it’s tempting to take Watkins at #2 but their tackle depth has to be a priority over WR. What happens if Long suffers a setback in his rehab or is reinsured? Matthews is probably more ready to step in at LT than Robinson, he’s the smart choice.

  9. arwiv says: Apr 7, 2014 7:41 AM

    When you pick that high you either take a franchise Qb, the best offensive/defensive lineman, or you trade the pick.

    Its becoming apparent that there are no Qb’s good enough to be taken at that spot so the Rams should be going with Clowney or Mathews. Robinson may have a higher ceiling but there is no way he is as technically sound as Mathews is.

  10. hodag54501 says: Apr 7, 2014 7:53 AM

    The Packers picked David Bahktiari last year in the 4th round. He did very well all season as starting left tackle. I’ve never quite figured out why you would draft a tackle that high in the first round. I would draft a player who is a game changer like a Sammy Watkins, or a defensive game changer. Translation: a speedy player capable of being a major factor in the game. Offensive tackle, not so much.

  11. themiamidolphins says: Apr 7, 2014 7:56 AM

    It’s not worth drafting a tackle with a top pick. If you are going to draft one second overall, they better be a future hall of famer at their position. Taking a look at past Super Bowl winners, none of them had a stellar OL. The Rams should look to trade the pick or go in a different direction.

  12. southpaw2k says: Apr 7, 2014 8:00 AM

    *choking on the smokescreen*

    And they could draft Jack Bauer with the #2 overall pick too.

  13. says: Apr 7, 2014 8:15 AM

    Clowney may still be on the board, so taking this jake guy would be a huge mistake.

  14. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Apr 7, 2014 8:33 AM

    Rams should trade back. Taking Matthews or WAtkins at #2 is a reach. Staying at #2 only makes sense if they draft a QB.

  15. cgsuddeath says: Apr 7, 2014 8:37 AM

    I don’t see the Rams ever winning with Bradford at QB. Seems like a good guy and seems to try hard, but he’s missing something. Seems like he doesn’t really “feel” the game.

    So taking an offensive lineman with the gifted pic they got from my Redskins is a major wasted opportunity. They need to grab a QB.

    Oh, well. Rams will probably sit in the basement of their division for the next few years.
    And you know this because of what?The games starts in trenches something the Rams have lacked for years so how can you come up with this ridiculous observation.Funny how people think the quarterback is the only player on the team when the Rams have lacked quality receivers and have played with a injury riddled offensive line.People like you make me laugh because all they do is watch the quarterback and not much else.

  16. jm91rs says: Apr 7, 2014 8:49 AM

    Watkins or Clowney if he’s available, but there’s definitely not a QB in this draft that is a sure fire immediate upgrade over Bradford. I’d say keep building the team around Bradford and if there’s a QB in the late rounds to push Sam get him.

  17. osiris33 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:51 AM

    The reason you take an OL In the 1st round is because 90% of Pro Bowl OLs are 1st rounders. Having said that, the Rams scored 1 TD in 8 quarters against the World Champion Seahawks last season. They are nuts to pass on Watkins.

  18. ShimSham says: Apr 7, 2014 9:00 AM

    “The Packers picked David Bahktiari last year in the 4th round. He did very well all season as starting left tackle.” ——– Packers fan here, and I like Bahk, but for every Bahk there are hundreds of other guys like him who don’t pan out.

  19. cesarnoel says: Apr 7, 2014 9:01 AM

    I agree with the pick. Mathews is basically plug and play at OT. You can pass on Sammy Watkins or any recievers if the QB is running for his life against the NFC west

  20. 87hollywoodhorn says: Apr 7, 2014 9:03 AM

    They could take pretty much anyone except for the guy the Texans take. At spot number 2, there are still a lot of options available.

  21. rufustfireflyjr says: Apr 7, 2014 9:05 AM

    So tackles in general, and left tackles in particular, are not key players who should be drafted first or second overall if their talent warrants it? That goes against the widely accepted view that there are four keystone positions in the NFL: quarterback, left tackle, pass-rushing defensive end or linebacker, and cornerback. This is a passing league now, and it’s no coincidence that all of these positions are key to passing the ball, or stopping the pass. Of course the best left tackles deserve to go high in the firs round.

  22. steelerdeathstar says: Apr 7, 2014 9:06 AM

    I don’t know if there are no QB’s good enough to be taken with that pick, but it would be hard for the Rams to go wrong picking Matthews at #2 overall.
    It seems like the biggest problem Sam Bradford has had so far in his career is taking somewhat of a beating due to poor/mediocre protection. Giving him a blindside protector like Matthews would likely keep him a lot healhier, and improve their football team as a result.

  23. truninerfan49 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:08 AM

    I think I speak for all Niner fans when I say thanks alot Skins for setting the rams up for the next decade with that RG3 trade. We really appreciate it

  24. coloradofort says: Apr 7, 2014 9:09 AM

    You take Watkins………they can address OL with their other 1rst round pick…….your welcome

  25. favrewillplay4ever says: Apr 7, 2014 9:20 AM

    Stop the foolishness and trade down. You just paid a ton of money to Jake Long to play at LT and resigned Saffold as well so if Long suffers a setback, you slide him over. Saffold might not be a top 5 LT, but he’s solid to good depth.

    With a coach/GM with short leashes you’d expect a panic “win now” type move, but Snead and Fish have stability and the owner’s patience.

    In order to continue to build for the future, the Rams should trade back and acquire more picks in future drafts.

    This will give them more spare parts to coach up,develop, and fill roster positions while allowing for the optimism of “we have more high picks to bargain with or draft even ore talent next year”.

    Though the Rams roster isn’t stacked like some other teams… They are certainly in an enviable position.

  26. footballtalk1 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:25 AM

    Jeff Fisher should ask Bill Parcells how drafting a HOF player’s son works out. Bobby Carpenter was so great right?

  27. sportsbastard says: Apr 7, 2014 9:27 AM

    If Matthews is truly who they want, they’d be best served finding a deal to move down to #4-6.

    He could be had there and likely pick up at least an additional 2nd rounder.

  28. steves11 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:42 AM

    Yet another of the Matthews brothers? How many are there? I hope this one is a more legitimate NFL talent that Casey is.

  29. sdchicken says: Apr 7, 2014 10:06 AM

    Remember what Julio Jones did for the Falcons? Sammy Watkins will do the same for some lucky team.

  30. mfinsrule says: Apr 7, 2014 10:16 AM

    So let me get this straight………..Rams pay a buttload of cash for LT Jake Long whom can’t stay healthy, they resign RT Saffold for a buttload of money, and they draft another tackle?! You can only start 2 tackles.

  31. rams757 says: Apr 7, 2014 10:56 AM

    I say go Sammy with 2nd pick.
    When Jake Long come back. Jake or Greg will go to LG. That’s why a lot of ppl are saying Greg for the 2nd pick. Because he’s a run blocker….
    I think passing on Sammy would be the dumbest thing we could do. If we pass on him. I’m going to start feeling like. They want Sam to fail at QB.
    With Zae running. And Sam having ( WRs & TE from left to right on the field. )
    Sammy , Tavon , Jared , Chris or Stedman , Kenny..

    That’s a great Off.. With that Off. the OL doesn’t need to be GREAT. Just need to be GOOD.

  32. ryanclark25 says: Apr 7, 2014 11:05 AM

    Rams don’t have the best record of 1st round OT’s in the past decade, Jason Smith and Alex Barron….Smith being a supposed safe pick at no.2 overall in ’09. he’s no longer even with the team and when they took him they didn’t already have Long who is one of the better tackles in the league although suffers with injuries and Saffold who may not be elite but is serviceable at worst.

    While obviously future decisions can’t be based on past mistakes, Watkins is a game changer, pair him with Austin and maybe you finally find out just how good Bradford really is. Not to mention the Rams have a second 1st round pick, which is possibly too low for the better tackles but if you like one enough trade up and if not trade down get an extra pick and someone from the next tier of tackles.

  33. schmitty2 says: Apr 7, 2014 11:05 AM

    For those of you saying the Rams HAVE to take Watkins or a qb..let me remind you of one little known fact- no qb or wr will ever be great if there is no good O-line to protect them.

  34. madroaddog says: Apr 7, 2014 11:06 AM

    I smell smoke screen.

  35. granadafan says: Apr 7, 2014 11:06 AM

    Taking a WR top 5 is almost a sure-fire bust.

  36. rams757 says: Apr 7, 2014 11:43 AM

    @ granadafan.

    So Calvin Johnson and AJ Green is a bust… Julio Jones was 6.. Those names. I will take a Bust any damn day. Lol.

  37. wvufan82 says: Apr 7, 2014 11:49 AM

    Khalil Mack makes the most sense here. They have nobody at strong side OLB and they already set at DE so Clown show doesn’t make sense.

    They don’t need another young WR who will probably be just OK in Watkins (product of a system + playing in the terrible ACC)

    Also, where are they going to put Matthews RT? So you are picking a RT at number 2 overall? That doesn’t make sense…

  38. chiadam says: Apr 7, 2014 12:15 PM

    Now I want to know what Bruce Matthews would be doing of a competitive nature in the room. Seeing who can spin around in a chair the most times in 60 seconds? Breath-holding contest? Rock paper scissors?

  39. conormacleod says: Apr 7, 2014 1:36 PM

    Several suggestions on trading down. However, who would be willing to trade up, and for whom? There isn’t anybody in this draft worth trading up for.

  40. gabynamnam says: Apr 7, 2014 1:44 PM

    the Rams scored 1 TD in 8 quarters against the World Champion Seahawks last season.

    Precisely the reason to try for the most dominant O-LINE you can possibly find. They aren’t scoring TDs against any team in that division if they can’t stop their awesome pass rushes, and run-stopping front 7s…all of them. Facts are facts. You have to build your team to win the division first. Think about all of the moves the teams in the NFC South have made in recent years to keep up with the Saints. The way the AFC North is constructed is for a reason…four nasty defenses that run the ball alot, and play in the trenches.

  41. garyhd01 says: Apr 7, 2014 3:15 PM

    go all out on defense at least for the first 3 picks 2 13 and 44 if we do not trade down from #2 id go khalil mack then at 13 i would take haha dix and with second round pick i would find the best cb avail. then the offense can have the remaining 9 or so picks left

  42. deltaoracle says: Apr 7, 2014 3:42 PM

    Not that Matthews is bad, but in the unlikely event they took an OT, they’d be foolish not to take the kid from Auburn. Perennial All-Pro in waiting without a doubt.

  43. raiderapologist says: Apr 7, 2014 8:12 PM

    I was desperate enough to watch part of the combine drills. When Robinson ran the 40, you couldn’t hear his feet slap the ground. But when Mathews had to spin around and move backwards in relation to the movement of a football, his body control was pretty remarkable. Unlike most of you I don’t know anything about evaluating talent, but I’d love to see Oakland take either one of these guys.

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