As mentioned in the previous post, Kiper's new mock draft looks a lot like his old one for the St. Louis Rams. In both the "2.0" and "3.0" versions he predicts the Rams picking Illinois DT Corey Liuget. I thought it would be worth taking a look at what Kiper had to say about the pick then and now, for the sake of comparison.
A relentless player who plays powerfully and locates the ball extremely well against both the rush and the pass, Liuget fills a need spot for the Rams. If Jones still was on the board, I suspect St. Louis would target the receiver, but if he isn't and the Rams stay here, an interior lineman like Liuget offers much greater value than a reach on a wideout. I also can see the Rams going for an outside linebacker at this spot. Liuget has drawn more buzz from NFL folks, causing many to take a closer look. The reviews are very good.
A relentless player who displays leverage, power and the ability to locate the ball well against both the rush and the pass, Liuget fills a need spot for the Rams, and is a player I'm sticking with here from the last mock. If a receiver were to fall to this position, I think St. Louis would jump, but like Detroit in front of them, their position of biggest need doesn't offer a sensible value matchup right here. I also can see the Rams going for an outside linebacker at this spot. Liuget solidified his elevated stock in Indy, and has moved up in a deep defensive line class.
Ok, we get that Liuget's "relentless" and that he fits a need and the Rams shouldn't reach for a receiver with Julio Jones off the board at #14. There are some draft prognosticators who think Liuget might be a reach here. NFL Draft Scout-slash-CBS Sports has Liuget ranked as the fourth best DT in the draft and a fringe first/second rounder. Liuget is never mentioned as a 3-4 prospect, which affects his pre-draft rankings.
Is that a reach for Liuget in your opinion?
Another interesting finding in Kiper's mock. Miami WR Leonard Hankerson, called the best WR after Green and Jones by Kiper, gets picked at #28 by the Patriots. It brings up another option for the Rams' 14th pick: trading down.