Full 7-Round Mock Draft 3.0 (With analysis of Rams picks)

So this is what I'm doing on spring break. One of the downsides to growing up in a rural area is that when it's cold out, there is just nothing to do. Furthermore, the downside of growing up in a house where you're taught to be fiscally responsible is that I can't go use my parents' credit cards to book a trip to Florida that I, as a typically broke college student, cannot afford while still allowing myself to have money for things like, oh I don't know, food. For shit's sake, I got a call from my grandpa yesterday asking if, while I was home on the farm this week, I wanted to go out to a field we just cleared and pick up sticks in the snow for $15, and I actually legitimately considered it, just to break the string of monotony. So here I am, scarfing leftover beer cheese soup (delicious by the way, ask me for the recipe) and listening to a streaming leak of the new The Story So Far album, and writing up a new article for all your enjoyment.

But I digress. In the world of mocking (is that a thing?) we are at another one of those awkward transitions. The bowls and combine have come and gone, but free agency has yet to officially begin. This means that while we have overanalyzed every prospect to death, we don't know just a whole lot about what teams are going to do about their needs. This creates a strange period of analysis between blind guessing and real, valuable insight. Let me also say that this class is so weak at the top that this is one of the hardest years to mock in recent history. That being said, I did my best. Here goes.

Round 1

1 Chiefs- Luke Joeckel/OT (Texas A&M)

2 Jaguars- Bjoern Werner/DE (Florida St.)

3 Raiders- Shariff Floyd/DT (Florida)

4 Eagles- Eric Fisher/OT (Central Michigan)

5 Lions- Dee Milliner/CB (Alabama)

6 Browns- Dion Jordan/DE (Oregon)

7 Cardinals- Geno Smith/QB (West Virginia)

8 Bills- Cordarelle Patterson/WR (Tennessee)

9 Jets- Ezekiel Ansah/OLB (BYU)

10 Titans- Xavier Rhodes/CB (Florida St.)

11 Chargers- Chance Warmack/G (Alabama)

12 Dolphins- Lane Johnson/OT (Oklahoma)

13 Buccaneers- Desmond Trufant/CB (Washington)

14 Panthers- Star Lotulelei/DT (Utah)

15 Saints- Jarvis Jones/OLB (Georgia)

16 Rams- Kenny Vaccaro/S (Texas)

17 Steelers- Barkevious Mingo/OLB (LSU)

18 Cowboys- Sheldon Richardson/DT (Missouri)

19 Giants- Damontre Moore/DE (Texas A&M)

20 Bears- Jonathan Cooper/G (UNC)

21 Bengals- Alec Ogletree/ILB (Georgia)

22 Rams (from Redskins)- Tavon Austin/WR/KR (West Virginia)

23 Vikings- Keenan Allen/WR (Cal)

24 Colts- Jonathan Hankins/NT (Ohio St.)

25 Seahawks- Kawann Short/DT (Purdue)

26 Packers- Tyler Eifert/TE (Notre Dame)

27 Texans- Kevin Minter/ILB (LSU)

28 Broncos- John Jenkins/DT (Georgia)

29 Patriots- Johnthan Banks/CB (Mississippi St.)

30 Falcons- Alex Okafor/DE (Texas)

31 49ers- Jonathan Cyprien/S (Florida International)

32 Ravens- Manti Te’o/ILB (Notre Dame)

Round 2

33 Jaguars- Matt Barkley/QB (USC)

34 49ers- Margus Hunt/DE (SMU)

35 Eagles- Jesse Williams/NT (Alabama)

36 Lions- Datone Jones/DE (UCLA)

37 Bengals (from Raiders)- Matt Elam/S (Florida)

38 Cardinals- D.J. Fluker/OT (Alabama)

39 Jets- Tyler Bray/QB (Tennessee)

40 Titans- Dallas Thomas/G (Tennessee)

41 Bills- E.J. Manuel/QB (Florida St.)

42 Dolphins- DeAndre Hopkins/WR (Clemson)

43 Buccaneers- Arthur Brown/LB (Kansas St.)

44 Panthers- Eric Reid/S (LSU)

45 Chargers- David Amerson/CB (N.C. St.)

46 Rams- Kyle Long/OT/G (Oregon)

47 Cowboys- Tank Carradine/DE (Florida St.)

48 Steelers- Justin Hunter/WR (Tennessee)

49 Giants- Khaseem Greene/OLB (Rutgers)

50 Bears- Zach Ertz/TE (Stanford)

51 Redskins- Tony Jefferson/S (Oklahoma)

52 Vikings- Bennie Logan/DT (LSU)

53 Bengals- Eddie Lacy/RB (Alabama)

54 Dolphins (from Colts)- Jordan Poyer/CB (Oregon St.)

55 Packers- Barrett Jones/C (Alabama)

56 Seahawks- Terrance Williams/WR (Baylor)

57 Texans- Robert Woods/WR (USC)

58 Broncos- Giovani Bernard/RB (UNC)

59 Patriots- Quinton Patton/WR (Louisiana Tech)

60 Falcons- Joseph Randle/RB (Oklahoma St.)

61 49ers- Jamar Taylor/CB (Boise St.)

62 Ravens- Philip Thomas/S (Fresno St.)

Round 3

63 Chiefs- Da’Rick Rogers/WR (Tennessee Tech)

64 Jaguars- Terron Armstead/OT (Arkansas-Pine Bluff)

65 Lions- D.J. Swearinger/S (South Carolina)

66 Raiders- Darius Slay/CB (Mississippi St.)

67 Eagles- Logan Ryan/CB (Rutgers)

68 Browns- Mike Glennon/QB (N.C. St.)

69 Cardinals- Andre Ellington/RB (Clemson)

70 Titans- Sam Montgomery/DE (LSU)

71 Bills- Larry Warford/G (Kentucky)

72 Jets- Menelik Watson/OT (Florida St.)

73 Buccaneers- Gavin Escobar/TE (San Diego St.)

74 49ers (from Panthers)- Markus Wheaton/WR (Oregon St.)

75 Saints- J.J. Wilcox/S (Georgia Southern)

76 Chargers- David Bakhtiari/OT (Colorado)

77 Dolphins- Sylvester Williams/DT (UNC)

78 Rams- Jordan Reed/TE (Florida)

79 Steelers- Mike Gillislee/RB (Florida)

80 Cowboys- Justin Pugh/G (Syracuse)

81 Giants- Dion Sims/TE (Michigan St.)

82 Dolphins (from Bears)- Vance McDonald/TE (Rice)

83 Vikings- Jon Bostic/ILB (Florida)

84 Bengals- Jamie Collins/OLB (Southern Miss)

85 Redskins- Blidi Wreh-Wilson/CB (UConn)

86 Colts- Corey Lemonier/OLB (Auburn)

87 Seahawks- Devin Taylor/DE (South Carolina)

88 Packers- Aaron Dobson/WR (Marshall)

89 Texans- Bacarri Rambo/S (Georgia)

90 Broncos- T.J. McDonald/S (USC)

91 Patriots- Brandon Williams/DT (Missouri Southern)

92 Falcons- Levine Toilolo/TE (Stanford)

93 49ers- John Simon/OLB (Ohio St.)

94 Ravens- Stedman Bailey/WR (West Virginia)

Round 4

95 Jaguars- Tyrann Mathieu/CB (LSU)

96 Chiefs- Will Davis/CB (Utah St.)

97 Raiders- Tyler Wilson/QB (Arkansas)

98 Eagles- Matt Scott/QB (Arizona)

99 Vikings (from Lions)- Alvin Bailey/G (Arkansas)

100 Cardinals- Trevardo Williams/OLB (UConn)

101 Browns- Ryan Swope/WR (Texas A&M)

102 Bills- Sio Moore/OLB (UConn)

103 Jets- Montee Ball/RB (Wisconsin)

104 Titans- Knile Davis/RB (Arkansas)

105 Panthers- Oday Aboushi/OT (Virginia)

106 Saints- David Quessenberry/OT (San Jose St.)

107 Chargers- Marcus Lattimore/RB (South Carolina)

108 Dolphins- Lavar Edwards/DE (LSU)

109 Buccaneers- Jordan Hill/DT (Penn St.)

110 Rams- Jelani Jenkins/OLB (Florida)

111 Cowboys- Shawn Williams/S (Georgia)

112 Steelers- Shamarko Thomas/S (Syracuse)

113 Giants- Xavier Nixon/OT (Florida)

114 Bears- Cobi Hamilton/WR (Arkansas)

115 Bengals- Travis Frederick/C (Wisconsin)

116 Redskins- Kenny Stills/WR (Oklahoma)

117 Vikings- Ryan Nassib/QB (Syracuse)

118 Colts- Brian Winters/G (Kent St.)

119 Packers- Le’Veon Bell/RB (Michigan St.)

120 Seahawks- Sean Porter/OLB (Texas A&M)

121 Texans- Chris Faulk/OT (LSU)

122 Broncos- Kwame Geathers/DT (Georgia)

123 Buccaneers (from Patriots)- William Gholston/DE (Michigan St.)

124 Falcons- Zaviar Gooden/OLB (Missouri)

125 49ers- Brian Schwenke/C (Cal)

126 Ravens- Brandon Jenkins/OLB (Florida St.)

Round 5

127 Chiefs- Kiko Alonso/ILB (Oregon)

128 Jaguars- Gerald Hodges/OLB (Penn St.)

129 Eagles- Michael Buchanan/OLB (Illinois)

130 Lions- Marquise Goodwin/WR/KR (Texas)

131 Seahawks (from Raiders)- Chris Gragg/TE (Arkansas)

132 Browns- Terry Hawthorne/CB (Illinois)

133 Cardinals- Robert Alford/CB (Southeastern Louisiana)

134 Jets- Denard Robinson/WR (Michigan)

135 Titans- Khaled Holmes/C (USC)

136 Bills- Kevin Reddick/ILB (UNC)

137 Saints- Dwayne Gratz/CB (UConn)

138 Chargers- Marquess Wilson/WR (Washington St.)

139 Dolphins- Earl Wolff/S (N.C. St.)

140 Buccaneers- Jonathan Franklin/RB (UCLA)

141 Panthers- Leon McFadden/CB (San Diego St.)

142 Rams- Kenjon Barner/RB/KR (Oregon)

143 Steelers- Brennan Williams/OT (UNC)

144 Cowboys- Stepfan Taylor/RB (Stanford)

145 Giants- Christine Michael/RB (Texas A&M)

146 Bears- Chase Thomas/OLB (Stanford)

147 Redskins- Nico Johnson/ILB (Alabama)

148 Vikings- J.C. Tretter/G (Cornell)

149 Bengals- Chris Harper/WR (Kansas St.)

150 49ers (from Colts)- Landry Jones/QB (Oklahoma)

151 Seahawks- Jordan Mills/OT (Louisiana Tech)

152 Packers- Cornelius Washington/OLB (Georgia)

153 Texans- Hugh Thornton/G (Illinois)

154 Broncos- Brandon McGee/CB (Miami)

155 Redskins (from Patriots)- Zeke Motta/S (Notre Dame)

156 Falcons- Malliciah Goodman/DE (Clemson)

157 49ers- Reid Fragel/OT (Ohio St.)

158 Ravens- Tharold Simon/CB (LSU)

Round 6

159 Jaguars- Akeem Spence/DT (Illinois)

160 Chiefs- Mario Benavides/C (Louisville)

161 Lions- Jawan Jamison/RB (Rutgers)

162 Raiders- Steve Beauharnais/LB (Rutgers)

163 Browns (from Eagles)- Joseph Fauria/TE (UCLA)

164 Cardinals- Michael Mauti/ILB (Penn St.)

165 Browns- Garrett Gilkey/G (Chadron St.)

166 Cardinals (from Titans through Vikings)- Everett Dawkins/DE (Florida St.)

167 Bills- David Bass/DE (Missouri Western)

168 Jets- Travis Kelce/TE (Cincinnati)

169 Chargers- Stansly Maponga/OLB (TCU)

170 49ers (from Dolphins)- Montori Hughes/NT (Tennessee-Martin)

171 Buccaneers- Zac Dysert/QB (Miami-OH)

172 Panthers- Conner Vernon/WR (Duke)

173 Saints- Ryan Otten/TE (San Jose St.)

174 Rams- Chris Jones/DT (Bowling Green)

175 Cowboys- DeVonte Holloman/OLB (South Carolina)

176 Steelers- Nick Kasa/TE (Colorado)

177 Giants- Nickell Robey/CB (USC)

178 Bears- Luke Marquardt/OT (Azusa Pacific)

179 Vikings- Lerentee McCray/OLB (Florida)

180 Bengals- Demontre Hurst/CB (Oklahoma)

181 Redskins- Omoregie Uzzi/G (Georgia Tech)

182 Colts- Spencer Ware/RB (LSU)

183 Packers- Duke Williams/S (Nevada)

184 Seahawks- Eric Herman/G (Ohio)

185 Texans- Quanterus Smith/OLB (Western Kentucky)

186 Eagles (from Broncos)- Joe Kruger/DE (Utah)

187 Bengals (from Patriots)- Ricky Wagner/OT (Wisconsin)

188 Falcons- Braxston Cave/C (Notre Dame)

189 49ers- Michael Williams/TE (Alabama)

190 Ravens- Manase Foketi/OT (West Texas A&M)

Round 7

191 Chiefs- Aaron Mellette/WR (Elon)

192 Jaguars- Kerwynn Williams/RB (Utah St.)

193 Raiders- Steve Williams/CB (Cal)

194 Eagles- Robert Lester/S (Alabama)

195 Lions- Ty Powell/OLB (Harding)

196 Eagles (from Browns)- Jake Stoneburner/TE (Ohio St.)

197 Vikings (from Cardinals)- Josh Evans/S (Florida)

198 Seahawks (from Bills)- Caleb Sturgis/K (Florida)

199 Jets- John Boyett/S (Oregon)

200 Titans- Zach Line/FB (SMU)

201 Dolphins- T.J. Johnson/C (South Carolina)

202 Buccaneers- Jasper Collins/WR (Mt. Union)

203 Raiders (from Panthers)- Mychal Rivera/TE (Tennessee)

204 Seahawks (from Saints)- Sanders Commings/CB (Georgia)

205 Chargers- Brad Sorenson/QB (Southern Utah)

206 Rams- Brandon Kaufman/WR (Eastern Washington)

207 Steelers- Tom Wort/ILB (Oklahoma)

208 Dolphins (from Cowboys)- Johnny Adams/CB (Michigan St.)

209 Giants- Bruce Taylor/LB (Virginia Tech)

210 Patriots (from Bears through Buccaneers)- Ace Sanders/WR/KR (South Carolina)

211 49ers (from Bengals)- Dustin Hopkins/K (Florida St.)

212 Redskins- Damion Square/DE (Alabama)

213 Vikings- Micah Hyde/CB (Iowa)

214 Colts- Marcus Davis/WR (Virginia Tech)

215 Seahawks- Jawanza Starling/S (USC)

216 Packers- Wes Horton/OLB (USC)

217 Texans- Kyle Juszcyk/FB (Harvard)

218 Broncos- Josh Boyce/WR (TCU)

219 Patriots- Prentiss Waggner/S (Tennessee)

220 Falcons- Josh Boyd/DT (Mississippi St.)

221 49ers- Michael Ford/RB (LSU)

222 Ravens- Brandon Moore/NT (Texas)

Rd.1, pick 16: Kenny Vaccaro/S (Texas)

I still really think that the safety position will be addressed via free agency (William Moore, anyone?). However, due to the aforementioned awkward period we are in, I can't say that for certain, so let's assume that doesn't happen. Vaccaro is arguably BPA at 16 in this scenario, and fills one of the only two obvious holes on a Rams defense that is becoming one of the league's stoutest. He would be hard to pass up here with both Chance Warmack and Lane Johnson off the board.

Rd. 1, pick 22: Tavon Austin/WR (West Virginia)

Isn't it nice having two picks in the first? Once again, no linemen fit the range with Jonathan Cooper getting selected by the Bears two picks before. There are two worthy receivers here, Austin and Keenan Allen, either of which I would be ok with. The nod to Austin is based on the chance that Amendola bolts. Austin would provide a similar spark of energy, and perhaps even more so because of his versatility.

Rd. 2, pick 46: Kyle Long/OT/G (Oregon)

I also stand by my previous statement that the Rams will sign a high profile lineman at either tackle or guard. However, I have no way of knowing which, so here is a guy who can play both and obviously appeal to the Rams. This may seem like a bit of a reach right now, but Long has been on the rise and could continue this ascent with a solid pro day, which I fully expect. Is he as good as a Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson? Doubtful, but the decisions of Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews to return to school have really put the Rams in a tough position for drafting a tackle. With good coaching, which the Rams have, Long has a very high ceiling to work with.

Rd. 3, pick 78: Jordan Reed/TE (Florida)

I know a lot of you would have liked Zach Ertz who was sitting there at 46, but I think tight end can wait a round more than lineman can. Pre-combine, Reed would have gone higher, but his measurements were less than ideal, so he slips a little. He isn't the game changer that Tyler Eifert will probably be, but does possess great athleticism and versatility as a former quarterback. Remember, we aren't necessarily looking to replace Lance Kendricks, more so just find him a compliment.

Rd. 4, pick 110: Jelani Jenkins/OLB (Florida)

And the rams go Gator for a second round in a row. Les Snead last year expressed his desire to acquire more dynamic players, so I find it likely that the Rams will continue to heavily scout programs like Florida, Oregon, and West Virginia. The linebacker position could easily be addressed in round 2 or 3 (I happen to really like Khaseem Greene as an alternative pick in round 2) but probably won't wait until after the fourth. Jelani Jenkins is clouded in some uncertainty, but is another high-ceiling type player. He showed off good athleticism at the Combine, and in a regime like the Rams' that is good with player discipline, Jenkins is a good fit and fills a big need.

Rd. 5, pick 142: Kenjon Barner/RB/KR (Oregon)

Running back is a position I don't really know what to do with. SJ could still return which would end the possibility of this pick, but if he leaves, I'm not really sure what the plan is. Isaiah Pead is the obvious heir apparent and will get significant playing time next year either way, but the unexpected success of Daryl Richardson complicates the plan. I've also heard that Terrance Ganaway will have a bigger role? It's hard to say, but taking another back isn't out of the question as a compliment. Barner, like most Oregon backs, is a dynamic runner who, with proper blocking, can routinely break off huge chunks of yardage. He can also return kicks or punts if the team didn't want to put Tavon Austin out there for either or both.

Rd. 6, pick 174: Chris Jones/DT (Bowling Green)

I commented earlier today that I think the Rams will likely take a defensive lineman late in the draft, and Chris Jones is a prospect I think gets overlooked. At 6'2", 303, he has an athletic frame comparable to that of Kendall Langford, whom Jones would be expected to compete with. I only caught one Bowling Green game this year, but remember seeing him routinely in the opponent's backfield. Level of competition is a question, but the raw talent is definitely there.

Rd. 7, pick 206: Brandon Kaufman/WR (Eastern Washington)

The last two (or more, depending on compensatory picks, or if the Rams decide not to draft a running back) picks will address positions where the Rams could stand depth. These will likely be defensive tackle, defensive end, cornerback, and wide receiver. Even after drafting Tavon Austion, if both Amendola and Gibson leave, the Rams will only have 4 receivers on the roster. Those four round out a solid rotation, but a fifth guy is needed. Brandon Kaufman also gets overlooked because of where he went to school, and sometimes get disregarded because he frankly made a bad decision to enter the draft early, but he does have playmaking potential. His 40 time was only 4.67, but that's mostly due to that fact that he is a huge receiver at 6'5", 216. Imagine that size to pair up with Brian Quick at about the 10 yard line.

There you have it, a solid product if I do say so myself, which I always do. Also, any readers from other blogs viewing this who have questions about my picks for your team(s), feel free to ask anything.

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