Do we go QB in round 1? If so it’s Fields, Fields, or Fields for me. Will he bust? Maybe, but when a guy was a top 2 National recruit, has a 51 TD 3 INT season as a sophomore, and then at over 225 pounds he ran a 4.44 forty (faster than Cam close to the supposed number Lamar put up at a 2017 Louisville field day?)!!!
Is Fields a more polished passer than LJax or Newton were coming out? Not even close, at this point it was still being debated if Jackson would be a WR or just a wildcat or slash type weapon. We are talking multiple playoff appearances, playoff wins, a SB appearance, and a pair of MVPs here.
So if Fields projects as a better passer, with lesser leg talent, than he likely stays healthier, and has a longer and more prosperous career than two very proven comps. I know somebody will say neither guy has done shit, but then neither has Joe Burrow, Baker Mayfield, Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, and frankly I don’t expect any of those 4 guys to win a SB or MVP this year either.
The closest comps I have to Fields is honestly J Allen or Watson (pre scandal) and they’d be the #2 choices for me in all of football after Mahomes right now.
That said- I’m not spending all of our draft capital to move up, and again, I’m not sure about Fields- I haven’t broken down film, don’t really know how to break down film, nor have I interviewed him. I’d be asking J Jackson a bit about him as a leader since he’s been in the huddle with he and Stafford.
The other options? Stay at #7 and BE RIGHT, or move down and take more chances to BE RIGHT!!!
The Rams D was #12, #20, and #17 in 2017, 2018, and 2019- so a bit of personnel improvement and some better coaching and scheme and we could be in that range in 2 years. 2020 was the only top 12 D Goff ever played with.
What about the O?
At first glance that looks daunting- BUT…
Decker has been pretty close to Whit sans 2020 when Whit dominated at “39!” He never sniffed a pro bowl til 31 years of age!!
I think Jackson clearly falls short of Saffold, but is a better than expected at this stage.
Ragnow is well superior to Sullivan.
Big V could easily prove to be as good ir better than Blythe, though maybe still not live up to price tag…
Havenstein is where the difference lies. If we had a 70-75 off RT then we would ultimately have a better and younger OL than the Rams have in 5 years, and with everyone under contract!!
-So we have to find a stud RT
-we add a RB and attack by committee
- what about WR?? 17- Watkins, Kupp, Woods, Reynolds- 2300 yards 19 tds… 2018 with Cooks, Woods, Cupp, Reynolds they had 3400 yards and 22 tds…
I think we have the speed element in place in T Will and Perriman that Watkins, Cooks provided. In the 3 seasons they had Watkins or Cooks, those guys averaged 800 yards and 5 tds… I expect some injuries between TWill and Perriman, but I also expect 16-19 starts between them- and a collective 1200 yards and 8 tds… so I’d equate Permian and Williams to Cooks and Reynolds in LA…
Do I think given 80 targets that Cephus could be the 50-55 catch and 850 yards 6 td guy Cupp has been? Honestly yes I do…
Even if Cephus had proves to be well below Kupp ( very possible) I’d still take Cephus and Hock over Kupp and Higbee.
So we are left with R woods- here is the really tough one.
First question? If Fields is there do we take him, let him sit a year or half a year, and then flip Goff for a first and 4th next year? Yes we have a 30M dead cap, but we’d pay him 31M so it’s same/same…
Fields and Goff cost the same in 2021 that Parsons and Goff would…
Fields, Goff Dead Money Hit, and top LB next year would still cost about the same as Goff and Parsons next year.
The dead cap is 1M less than actual hit, and the LB we’d take mid rd 1 next year with Goff pick would cost 2.2M so it’s really a 1-2M cap space swing in 2022- and huge gain in 2023- like 24M!!!