NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock updated his top-five player rankings on Monday. The reordering of players on Mayock's list reflects further evaluation as well as team feedback on players, i.e. what the rest of the league thinks about where these players belong on the list. Several names that are likely on the St. Louis Rams' draft board have moved positions.
Which ones, and will it change their draft stock?
Let's start with running back, which seems to be the hot topic for the Rams today. Trent Richardson is still on top of the list; nobody is going to change that. Lamar Miller is out of the top five, replaced by LaMichael James out of Oregon. James is a very nice outside runner, a complementary player whose biggest knock against him is a question about whether he can stay healthy. Doug Martin and David Wilson ranked in the second and third spots.
Fletcher Cox is his top defensive tackle. For a long time, nobody could agree on where the defensive tackles stacked up, but there seems to be a real consensus that Cox is the top of his class at the position ... and one of the first defensive linemen to be drafted on Thursday night.
Two new names are on the list at cornerback. Stephon Gilmore is in the second spot, followed by Dre Kirckpatrick. The newest entrants are Casey Hayward of Vanderbilt and Trumaine Johnson from Montana. Interestingly enough, Fisher may have some connection to Johnson. His son Brandon, now with the Rams, played at the University of Montana, though their playing years would not have overlapped by much, if at all.