By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. — We’re here, we’re finally here. It’s the first day of the NFL draft and we can finally toss aside the rumors and sift through the smoke as teams draft real, live football players.
With that in mind, here are some things I believe will happen in the next few days. Some are directly related to the St. Louis Rams, some are draft focused.
— I believe South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will end up as the No. 1 pick, whether it’s to the Houston Texans or a team trading up to get him.
— I believe these players will go in the top 12 picks before the Rams come on the clock at No. 13 (no order): Clowney, Greg Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Jake Matthews, Khalil Mack, Taylor Lewan, Mike Evans, Aaron Donald, Zack Martin, Johnny Manziel.
— I believe that leaves two spots for wild cards to go in there somewhere. Candidates for those two spots would include Eric Ebron, Blake Bortles, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard, Anthony Barr, Odell Beckham Jr. and C.J. Mosley.