We are now up to pick No. 22 in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft. This is a big one for the NFC West as it is the St. Louis Rams second pick of the first round. The Rams acquired the Redskins first rounders this year and next year in the trade that eventually brought Robert Griffin III to Washington. The Rams have a chance to make some big moves this year with both picks, whether it be adding some serious talent, or dealing back to acquire more picks. Either way, these next two drafts are make or break for the Rams.
The St. Louis Rams are on the clock and their Niners Nation GM is TheFreakSFG. With the twenty-second pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Rams select DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson.
Explanation: Passing up on Austin at 16 worked out well as the Rams land my favorite, and the most complete wide receiver in this class. Hopkins was the most impressive receiver I watched in this class, and he's a guy that would fill a huge need for the Rams, giving them a true No. 1 WR. He doesn't have elite size or speed, but he's a very dangerous outside receiver who catches everything thrown his way. Put on the LSU game, and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. Hopkins reminds me most of Roddy White, and with this pick, the Rams get a potential steal.
Trevor Woods: With the losses of Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson, the Rams need help at receiver. Hopkins has a lot of potential and he doesn't drop many balls; The comparison to Roddy White is a good one. TheFreakSFG is also correct in his assessment of the LSU game, which was the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve. Hopkins hauled in a whopping 13 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns. Hopkins is the reason Clemson won the game 25-24. Being that St. Louis is a division rival, I really don't like that the Rams have picked up both Sheldon Richardson and now Hopkins. With that said, TheFreakSFG is doing well to improve the Rams roster.
Nick Chiamardas: TheFreakSFG's gamble to pass on a receiver at 16 pays off. Hopkins is considered a top receiver in the class, although he doesn't really stand out in any one area. Despite not having elite ability in any single area of his game, that never slowed Hopkins down during his time at Clemson. The biggest question surrounding Hopkins is whether or not he was simply a product of a prolific passing offense. I would have preferred Keenan Allen in this spot but Hopkins is a solid all-around receiver that could replace Danny Amendola well in the St. Louis offense.
Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1
- Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
- Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
- Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
- Cleveland Browns -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
- Arizona Cardinals -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
- Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
- New York Jets -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama [Explanation]
- Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
- San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
- Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
- Carolina Panthers -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
- New Orleans Saints -- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri [Explanation]
- Pittsburgh Steelers -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Dallas Cowboys -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama [Explanation]
- New York Giants -- Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Chicago Bears -- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Cincinnati Bengals -- Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson