Now that our big spending in Free Agency is over, I thought I would post a mock draft now that a few of our needs have been covered. The needs I see are: S, SLB, DT (passrushing), O-line depth, Slot Receiver.
This mock draft assumes two things:
1) Rok Watkins will be the starting LG. I know he did not show much or anything really at all last season, but Fisher likes him a lot and will probably start him, barring a huge drop from Warmack, Cooper, or Warford.
2) Darian Stewart will be a starting safety for us next year. Even though Fisher started Dahl over him, he tendered Darian, not Dahl. So you have got to figure Darian has some sort of role next year since he is making close to $2 million I believe.
Since trades are very difficult to determine I did not even try to.
1A) Keenan Allen (WR) CALIFORNIA
The regime is not giving up on Brian Quick, but simply adding more weapons for Bradford. If Quick takes a step forward, all the better. That would give Bradford 3 legitimate wide receivers to work with.
1B) Matt Elam (S) FLORIDA
Matt Elam would start next to Stewart and give us a good combination at safety and an elite secondary. He is a hard hitter and has been compared to Quintin Mikkel. I for one would love a younger Quintin Mikkel on our team.
2) Kawaan Shorts (DT) PURDUE
Most years Shorts would be a first round pick, but with the great depth at DT this year he drops to us in the second. Shorts is a good pass rushing DT and only an average run stuffing DT. He has been known to take plays off because of conditioning issues, which will be ok on the Rams because it should not be an issue since he will be in a rotation of Brockers, Langford, and Cudjo. This is a luxury pick, but he is BPA.
3) Zavier Gooden (OLB) MISSOURI
Gooden is the second most athletically gifted OLB in the class behind Ogletree. Gooden is a good tacker and does not shy away from contact which helps when you play in the NFC West. He would complete our linebacking corps and help make our defense elite.
4) Chris Faulk (OT) LSU
At the beginning of the year, everyone though Chris Faulk was easily a top ten talent. Well he got injured and could not play this year. He is very light on his feet and could play either right or left tackle should Saffold or Long get hurt. His footwork is a little sloppy, but if he stays healthy he could be a great starter for years to come when Saffold or Long leave.
5) Michael Williams (TE) ALABAMA
Primarily a blocking tight end, Williams showed better than expected hands at the senior bowl. He would be drafted earlier, but he was not invited to the NFL combine and he still does not have the receiving stats to think he should run routes only occasionally. This pick would give us a 3 good tight ends on the roster.
6) TJ Moe (WR) MISSOURI
He is an Amendola clone. He would be our slot receiver and could excel like Amendola did. He does not have an injury history and would probably be a higher pick had he not had James Franklin throwing to him.
7) Ray Ray Armstrong (FS) N/A
Athletically gifted but having a trouble college career he was dismissed from Miami and is by far the best prospect we would draft in the 7th round. He has the potential to be an elite player but could just as easily bust.
So what do you think? Let me know in the comments.