I am going to play mock GM for you all today and will use some different sources to back my selections. Below is a link to a list of prospects the Rams have met with over the course of a few months leading up the draft. It is not a complete list as the Rams will meet with players that might not be recorded but it gives an idea of what the Rams are looking at going into the draft.
*jmo53 recently wrote a fine fanpost regarding the prospect list and his selections based upon it so I would recommend checking it out if you have not already.
Some interesting notes I take from the list is the amount of defensive players from the list (18/30) and of those defensive players are a large number of defensive backs (9/18).
I also looked at blogs.nfl.com and found these specifics about the Rams in attendance of pro days:
Florida- DC and 4 position coaches attended
Missouri- Asst HC, Asst DL and linebacker coaches
Les Snead also attended the Tennessee Pro day (TST) and the USC Pro day (CBSsports)
With those sources in mind, let's jump right into the Draft.
1A) Alec Ogletree OLB Georgia- Adding Ogletree would inject a spark of athleticism needed to compete against the mobile quarterbacks of the NFC West. Being a former safety, Ogletree is one of the best coverage LB in the draft. Though he needs to work on his strength in making better tackles against the RB, you can't deny his quickness off the edge to get into the backfield and make some plays. Could he be the final piece to giving the Rams one of the most feared front seven in the league?
*The Rams trade their 2nd first round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for their 1st, 3rd and 4th rounders. Though they lost a number of starters to free agency, they received a boatload of compensatory picks and have some ammo to trade up so they can select Tavon Austin who they have shown some interest in. For those interested, it would be a 780 point value pick at 22 for Baltimore's 32nd and third and fourth round picks respectively (590+116+44) to make it a total of 750...a pretty fair trade for both sides as the Rams look to acquire more picks but the Ravens still don't lose that many to try to replace a depleted roster. We let another team pick Tavon instead of us...it is going to be ok.
1B) (From Baltimore) DJ Fluker OT Alabama- I don't believe the Rams will be able to retain Rodger Saffold next season as he will want to get paid LT money as he should, so the Rams will have to find his replacement so there won't be the consistent glaring hole at tackle and could even fill in at guard for the meantime this season. This large man would provide the Rams with a good option on the right side for Fisher's Power run scheme. Fluker may have some question marks regarding his pass protection technique but with an O-line coach in Paul Boudreau, I have no worries that he can transform this behemoth freak into a valuable right tackle and the Rams seem keen on getting him.
2) Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina- A large man with a good initial step. He can cause some disruption in the middle of the line with his bull rushing strength to make some tackles behind the line. Needs to work on some consistency but adding another presence on the line is never a bad thing. Besides, there is no such thing as too much pass rush.
3A) Bacarri Rambo FS Georgia- Thank goodness he did drugs...No that is bad but if it wasn't for his drug issues in college (2 time offender) he probably would have had a chance for being taken day 1 of the draft. He is an excellent ballhawk with 16 interceptions over his college career and has a mean streak of being an intimidating hitter so Fisher should be all over this kid to be the new centerfielder of the defense.
3B) Aaron Dobson WR Marshall- May not be the flashy wide receiver pick that some may want but he is the consistent catcher everyone wants. He will run a good route and put himself into position to be able to receive the ball and if there was a knack for his straight-line speed, his pro day proved otherwise. He was a standout at the senior bowl showing he can go up against the big schools so adding another weapon to the receiving core would be beneficial to Bradford.
4A) Robert Lester SS Alabama- Has size and closing speed for the safety position as well as the hands to make a play on the ball in the air. To be able to play in the box to fill Mikell's spot, he will have to increase his strength to be able to perform better against ballcarriers. For right now, he is a mix of a free/strong safety but he has the skill-set to play either one with coaching from our new DC and previous secondary coach.
4B) Sanders Commings DB Georgia- He brings size, speed and ballhawk ability to our secondary...need I say more? He would also take the pressure off Tru Johnson to cover all of the big receivers and add even more great depth to a cornerback group that just recently lost a tall corner in Fletcher to free agency. He has the mold of a CB/S so that is why I placed a DB label on him to not quite specify which position he would play because he could end up at either one.
5) Connor Vernon WR Duke- He has great hands and is a savvy route runner with his quickness in his breaks. He doesn't have straight line speed, but as a slot receiver-where I envision him playing-he only needs the short area quickness to find a hole to receive the ball. While the loss of Amendola is a hard one to swallow, selecting Vernon would be a nice consolation prize.
6) Earl Watford OG James Madison- Fisher loves his late round line depth. Losing Rob Turner will really question our depth on the interior line so adding a project in Watford would be a smart idea for the Rams. Two things that stand out about Watford that Fisher will like: 1)he excels at run blocking and 2)he has a mean streak and nastiness about him. Seems to me like there is a Harvey Dahl in the making after a year under Boudreau's belt.
7) Miguel Maysonet RB Stony Brook- Another shot at a 7th round RB? Why not. Jeff Fisher has made it known that he wants to add a power back to the team. I don't think the Rams believe Ganaway fits the bill. Insert Maysonet a small school prospect with a lot of talent. He has the ability to be a power runner going in-between the tackles. While not having great size at 5'9", he has shiftiness and speed to him while also possessing the strength to run through some tackles. If you haven't watched tape on him, you should because the Rams want to see tape on him as well when they requested tape of him at his Pro Day. Article here: http://www.newsday.com/sports/college/stony-brook/miguel-maysonet-flashes-his-speed-at-stony-brook-s-pro-day-1.4871836
This draft I tried to focus on getting more athletic on defense with some playmakers, bolstering both sides of the line and finding some under the radar receivers who will fit in nicely on the depth chart. Let me know what you think of my selections and if there are any changes you would make to the draft. Comments are always appreciated.
Note I originally had Sheldon Richardson (1A), Matt Elam (2) and Zavier Gooden (4A) slotted to the Rams. I think I make an upgrade-besides Elam-with adding Sylvester Williams and Alec Ogletree instead. Richardson is a beast but he only has one good year under his belt and Gooden has seen some decrease in production over the final seasons at Mizzou. Elam I figured wouldn't make it to the Rams in the second round so I switched to a player the Rams have shown some intent interest in.