The St. Louis Rams have invested a lot of draft picks in the wide receiver position over the past three years.
In 2011 – the year after the Rams selected quarterback Sam Bradford first overall – the Rams drafted Austin Pettis in the third round and Greg Salas in the fourth. In 2012, they selected Brian Quick in the second and Chris Givens in the fourth. In 2013, they moved up in the draft to select Tavon Austin number eight overall and also grabbed Austin’s college teammate Stedman Bailey in the third round.
Of those six draftees, five are currently on the roster, and at least four figure to be back next year (with Pettis being a bit of a question mark). Each of the five have shown flashes, and all bring a different skill sets to the table, yet with a combined 2013 season stat line of just 147 catches, 1,914 yards and 10 touchdowns, the Rams are very much in the market for a wide receiver yet again this offseason.
And there just so happens to be an extremely dynamic one by the name of Sammy Watkins sitting at the top of a lot of teams’ draft boards. As our buddies at RamsHerd posted today…
If you had a WR corps of Watkins/Stedman/Tavon, with Givens as your 4th WR in spread, suddenly you've got something.
— RamsHerd (@RamsHerd) January 6, 2014
It’s certainly something to think about. The way Watkins played in Clemson’s bowl game against Ohio State a few nights ago, the Rams might have to use their no. 2 overall pick from Washington to snag the playmaker. But Watkins just might be worth it. Check out his highlight tape, and judge for yourself.
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