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My Newest(er) Mock Draft

I just posted this over at www.nfldraftgeek.com, but I figured I'd share it here as well.

Hope you enjoy, and comments/criticisms are appreciated.

Round 1, Pick 2: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

With the top QBs sliding down draft boards, the Rams could potentially end up staying put. If that's the case, Mack is picking up steam as the favorite to be selected. He's exactly what we need across from Ogletree, providing a pass rushing presence and allowing Ogletree to use his range. Adding Mack gives us, by far, the scariest front 7 in all of football.

Round 1, Pick 13: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Aaron Donald is one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen I've ever seen. Placing him alongside Robert Quinn, Chris Long, and Michael Brockers, with Mack as a blitzing linebacker would give the Rams the arsenal they need to break the sack record... And I feel that it's no stretch of the imagination to say that. The Rams are in a luxury position with two first round picks, and could afford to take a chance on Donald, even if he doesn't make it as a three down player. His presence in passing situations alone would amplify the potency of our defense.

Round 2, Pick 12: Dion Bailey, FS, USC

The Rams are in need of a new starter next to T.J. McDonald... So why not go after his college teammate? Bailey has great ball skills and athleticism, and could turn in to an excellent back-end defender. He can also play in the box if needed, seeing as he's spent time at linebacker during his college career.

Round 3, Pick 11: Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida St.

This Gregg Williams led defense is just being gifted with more and more toys. Joyner would be a wonderful addition in round 3 as a nickel corner. He's a great playmaker, and a turnover-forcing machine. He fits the aggressive style that we'll be employing, and makes us even more dynamic.

Round 4, Pick 10: Dakota Dozier, G, Furman

Our starting LG spot is up for grabs this offseason, so Snead needs to bring in someone to compete with the likes of Barrett Jones and Tim Barnes for it. Dozier excelled playing against weak competition, but had a strong showing during the all-star game process.

Round 5, Pick 13: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

The Rams brought in Shaun Hill to be an immediate backup while grooming a young successor to the backup role. In round 5, Murray is a great value. He has a good arm and accuracy, and had success in the SEC. His draft value is down due to his season-ending injury in 2013.

Round 6, Pick 12: Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue

Although we already brought in Joyner in this mock, we still only have 5 CBs on the roster. Greg Reid is no lock to make the team, and we could use special teams players anyways. That's exactly what Allen can do, and has the grittiness to potentially be a slot corner in time.

Round 6, COMP: Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan

Although both of our starters are set at OT, we're severely thin behind them. Bringing in a guy like Schofield is perfect, because he's impossible to put into prison... I mean seriously, there's an entire series based on him breaking his brother out of prison... Probably one of the greatest shows ever made. But from a football standpoint, Schofield played pretty well this past season. He's also performed well in the postseason, and would provide good depth at tackle.

Round 7, Pick 11: Darrin Reaves, RB, UAB

Reaves played on an atrocious team at UAB last year, but after watching him on film, I can't help but think he has a chance in this league. He did a great job of reading his blocks when his OL won, showed good receiving abilities out of the backfield, and appeared to be a willing pass protector. He's a good athlete that could possibly fill Zac Stacy's backup role within a year or two, and compares favorably to Daryl Richardson.

Round 7, Pick 26: Alex Neutz, WR, Buffalo

Neutz is a similar prospect to Austin Pettis. He was a very productive collegiate receiver who doesn't have the speed to be a big-time threat in the NFL. Bringing him in gives us flexibility should Kenny Britt be a headache or any of our receivers get hurt. He can be a reliable depth receiver.

Round 7, COMP: Aaron Lynch, DE, USF

Lynch probably should have stayed in school for another year. He didn't produce as well as expected, but still has enough raw talent to warrant a late selection. He could be a good target for the practice squad.

Round 7, COMP: A.J. Tarpley, ILB, Stanford

The Rams could use some more depth behind James Laurinaitis, along with some special teams help. Hopefully, Tarpley can provide both.

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