The first week of college football in the books. The NFL season just around the corner, so what better time for an all-rams mock draft? Okay don't answer that. Hit the jump for the mock.
R1: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Lotulelei is the best defensive tackle prospect to come along since Suh, and he is already drawing comparisons to Haloti Ngata. Just imagine adding him to this defensive line. Fearsome Foursome part deux. Michael Brockers would be the LEAST talented player along our starting defensive line. Go ahead and take a moment to let that sink in. Lotulelei is a 6-3, 320 pound beast along the interior of the defense who would instantly upgrade the run defense, while also occupying blockers and pushing the pocket to let Chris Long and Robert Quinn terrorize opposing Quarterbacks from the edge. This should be a no-brainer pick if he is still on the board.
R1: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: Standing at 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, Lewan looks like the prototypical NFL left tackle. His technique could use some refinement, but he has the nasty streak and physical upside to develop into a top flight tackle and (finally) give Bradford a clean pocket to throw from.
R2: TJ McDonald, S, USC: McDonald is a big, (6-foot-2, 205 lbs) hard-hitting, play-making Free Safety. Adding him as the finishing piece to the secondary would help this defense become elite. There would be no safe spots for opposing offenses to throw to, and with Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins on the outside, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Rams' secondary led the league in interceptions.
R3: Da'Rick Rodgers, WR, Tennessee Tech: Rodgers was looked at as a potential first round pick before being indefinitely suspended from Tennessee and transferring to Tennessee Tech right before the season. Adding him on the opposite side of Brian Quick would give Bradford another big target to throw to (6'3, 205 lbs). He is incredibly physical and would almost certainly become one of Bradford's favorite red-zone and third down targets.
R4: Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida: Jenkins may be a little on the small side for a MLB (6'0, 235 lbs) but his quickness and natural instincts make him a great fit as a 4-3 Weak-side Linebacker next to James Laurinaitis, who needs all the help he can get.
R5: Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA: Fauria is a massive (6-7, 255 lbs) Tight End who would give Bradford the type of pass-catching Tight End he hasn't had since Jermaine Gresham at Oklahoma. He certainly is lacking in the blocking department, but he has all of the physical tools to succeed in the NFL.
R6: Etienne Sabino, OLB, THE Ohio State University: Sabino is another athletic Linebacker to place next to Laurinaitis. He has all of the upside in the world, but he's never quite been able to put it together on the field. Give him a few seasons with Laurinaitis (a tOSU grad) and he could very well end up being one of the steals of the draft.
R7: Ray Ray Armstrong, SS, Faulkner College: Armstrong is another big safety (6'3, 215 lbs) who has tons of upside. He was never able to stay on the field at Miami after a plethora of injuries and suspensions, but if he can put together a good season at Faulkner, he should be worth a late-round flier.
I like this draft because it adds two incredible talents along the offensive and defensive lines, while also adding some good talent at the skill positions. Laurinaitis would have more room to operate with Lotulelei taking up blockers, and he gets a fast WILL that compliments his style of play very well. Bradford gets his LT, and two big targets to throw to. Last year's draft was all about upside, and I would expect no different this year.