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Drafting for the Rams, Last Pick

I'm drafting for the Rams over in the Niners Nation mock draft, and we've reached the 2nd round (only a two round mock). I didn't think of asking Rams fans about the 1st two picks (the picks just came up on me and I had to make them quickly), but as much as I hate it as a 49ers fan, I believe I got the Rams two very good players in Sheldon Richardson, and DeAndre Hopkins. Here were my explanations for those interested:

Pick: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Mizzou

Explanation: The Rams biggest need at this point is wide receiver, and with Tavon Austin available, I was torn between him and the best player available in Richardson. While DT is not a pressing need for the Rams, Richardson in my opinion is a top 10 talent, and you can make a case that he's the best DT in this class. He's an amazing athlete for his size, to the point that Mizzou actually had him drop into coverage from time to time. Consistent motor, and displays the quickness and instincts to locate the ball and change directions when not directly rushing the passer. Richardson would bolster the Rams' defensive line rotation, and would likely take snaps from Langford who seems to be a one-dimensional pass rusher. He'd fit right into their 4-3 defense as a 3-tech DT who will wreak havoc on opposing QB's for years.

Pick: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

Explanation: Passing up on Austin at 16 worked out well as the Rams land my favorite, and the most complete wide receiver in this class. Hopkins was the most impressive receiver I watched in this class, and he's a guy that would fill a huge need for the Rams, giving them a true #1 WR. He doesn't have elite size or speed, but he's a very dangerous outside receiver who catches everything thrown his way. Put on the LSU game, and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. Hopkins reminds me most of Roddy White, and with this pick, the Rams get a potential steal.

At this point, I have one pick left to make (#46) and have been stuck on which direction to go, so I figured I'd ask for some help. At this point, I figure the Rams biggest need is safety, and potentially running back (for the future). I don't know a ton about the Rams' o-line, but I know they added Jake Long and haven't heard of o-line as a pressing need. Here are the picks that have been made (Panthers and Chargers still have to pick), and a few guys after that I figure could fit for the Rams:

Chiefs- Star Lotulelei DT
Jaguars- Geno Smith QB
Raiders- Dion Jordan (4-3) DE
Eagles- Luke Joeckel OT
Lions- Eric Fisher OT
Browns- Dee Milliner CB
Cardinals- Kenny Vaccaro S
Bills- Ezekiel Ansah (4-3) DE
Jets- Chance Warmack OG
Titans- Sharrif Floyd DT
Chargers- Lane Johnson OT
Dolphins- Jonathan Cooper OG
Buccaneers- Xavier Rhodes CB
Panthers- Cordarrelle Patterson WR
Saints- Barkevious Mingo (4-3) DE
Rams- Sheldon Richardson DT
Steelers- Jarvis Jones OLB
Cowboys- D.J. Fluker OT
Giants- Alec Ogletree ILB
Bears- Tavon Austin WR
Bengals- Arthur Brown ILB
Rams- DeAndre Hopkins WR
Vikings- Keenan Allen WR
Colts- Datone Jones (3-4) DE
Vikings- Desmond Trufant CB
Packers- Damontre Moore OLB
Texans- Justin Hunter WR
Broncos- Bjoern Werner (4-3) DE
Patriots- Margus Hunt (3-4) DE
Falcons- Tank Carradine (4-3) DE
49ers- Johnathan Cyprien S
Ravens- Matt Elam S
Jaguars- Alex Okafor (4-3) DE
49ers- Johnathan Hankins DT
Eagles- Kyle Long G
Lions- Johnthan Banks CB
Bengals- D.J. Swearinger S
Cardinals- Tyler Eifert TE
Jets- Zach Ertz TE
Titans- Blidi Wreh-wilson CB
Bills- Matt Barkley QB
Dolphins- Jamar Taylor CB
Buccaneers- David Amerson CB

Potential Picks at #46

Eric Reid, S, LSU
D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Robert Woods, WR, USC (could use another WR)
Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Menelik Watson, OT, Florida St.
Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

Just some names to see what you all think. This mock draft isn't super important, but I'm a big fan of the NFL Draft, and I love this stuff, and love to think what teams are going to do. Feel free to share who you think I should take (they may be taken in the next 2 picks) with a brief explanation. I'm currently leaning towards Reid.

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