I came away from the second day of the draft a very happy fan. The Rams added Lamarcus Joyner in the second, a hybrid nickel/safety that fits not only the Rams scheme, but mentality of the team. He's a tough, physical and aggressive defender who loves to light up players.He's obviously on the short side, but to me, that's about all that's wrong with him.
And if that's the only thing, then the Rams found some serious value in the second round.
Results for the third are mixed. I'm personally a big fan of Tre Mason; I think he compliments Zac Stacy (and Benny Cunningham, a Stacy-esque runner himself) perfectly. The Rams set out to play to their strengths, which was defense and running the ball.
All they've done the last two days is improve on their strengths. Whether or not you agree with the philosophy, it's a good way to draft.
Coming into the final day of the draft, there are still options available that could appease fans, draftniks and the team:
Oh, it's easy to pick on Ryan here, but the Rams really do need a backup QB. Tom Savage is obviously the big name still left on the board, but he's still a project more than anything after bouncing around in college. There are some things to like about him, but he has a long way to go.
On the flip side, experienced starters like A.J. McCarron and Aaron Murray are available. Both have negatives to their game, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Rams took a chance on Murray after meeting with him during the pre-draft process. There's a lot to like about him.
Draft goes deep. The Rams nearly traded back into the first round for Zach Martin, but they could still walk away with multiple offensive lineman. Cameron Fleming, Dakota Dozier, David Yankey and Cyril Richardson all project as players who could start with some practice on the inside of the line.
Greg Robinson isn't staying as a guard forever, so the Rams might want to take a flyer on a prospect in the mid-to-late rounds to groom as a guard, ala Barrett Jones.
What a loaded draft class. There are too many names to list at this position, but the Rams could still stand to add one (or even two) more corners. They went with four last year, but I could easily see them bringing in a few just to keep the camp competition going.
Names to watch? Bashaud Breeland and Andre Hal. The Rams visited the Clemson Pro Day while they met with Hal at the East-West Shrine Game. There are plenty others as well. I wouldn't be surprised if the Rams struck before there is a run of DB's.
This is the one need the Rams haven't yet addressed. There isn't much more than projects at this point for receivers, but there are still some interesting names available. Kevin Norwood and Martavis Bryant headline possible options.
How do you think the team has done so far? Who are you looking for them to target on Day Three?