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2015 NFL Mock Draft: All Signs Point to QB

Is it a certainty that the Rams go after a QB in round one?

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A pair of updated mock drafts are adding on to the growing conventional wisdom that the Rams will be moving on from Sam Bradford and looking for a franchise QB of the future.

Matt Miller, from Bleacher Report, had the Rams slotted at #10 overall offering up:

Brett Hundley, QB - UCLA

The St. Louis Rams can officially put an end to the Sam Bradford era while starting the Brett Hundley era in 2015.

Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, has struggled with injuries, inconsistency and constant changes at offensive coordinator. Excuses aside, Bradford simply didn't produce when he needed too, and a change at quarterback is needed with his injury and contract running out after the 2015 season.

Enter Hundley. The big, athletic UCLA quarterback has the arm talent and movement skills to give Jeff Fisher the dual-threat passer he needs. Hundley is a bit raw, but he has all the tools (mental and physical) to be a legitimate franchise quarterback.

Meanwhile over at Walter Football, the Rams pick 13...with the same result:

Austin Davis had a nice first start against the Buccaneers and then followed that up with a decent performance before melting down against Dallas. Perhaps the Rams will roll with him in 2015 if he keeps it up. If not, they'll strongly consider a quarterback with one of their first two picks.

Brett Hundley got off to a shaky start to his 2014 season, but has picked up his play lately. The Rams may take a chance on him in the first round.

It's not out of the bounds of reality. I mentioned Hundley briefly in the Thursday open thread last week as UCLA had Arizona St. up that night. Though ranked 15th overall, Arizona St. was without starting QB Taylor Kelly. And even though backup Mike Bercovici threw for 488 yards and three TDs while notching school records with 42 completions and 68 attempts, it was all in vain. UCLA scored too often, too easily and too quickly winning 62-27. For his part, Hundley threw for four TDs on just 23 attempts and ran for another picking up 72 yards on 8 recorded rushes. He and his UCLA teammates are facing the vaunted trap game this week with a late Saturday game against an otherwise unworthy Utah squad before a headliner as the Bruins take on #2 Oregon. Assuming UCLA take care of business on Saturday, next weekend's battle against the Ducks is must-see stuff. I'd also suggest you pencil in that back-to-back closing pairing of currently ranked #16 USC and #14 Stanford at the end of November.

Back to mockery.

Walter goes three rounds deep with the Rams using their second round pick on:

A.J. Cann, G - South Carolina

The Rams have interior offensive line problems - what else is new? - because Davin Joseph is struggling, even after beating out Greg Robinson for the starting job.

Hard to argue. You have to wonder if Greg Robinson is on the Brian Quick learning curve though. There's plenty of season left for the interior line to get their act together (which could certainly include a GRob promotion), but the play of Joseph certainly puts this in the need category as it stands.

On to the third round:

KeiVarae Russell, CB - Notre Dame

The Rams could stand to upgrade their secondary so they have fewer blown coverages the next time they decide to blow a big lead.

I have Russell as a day three guy right now myself, but regardless, the defense looks almost entirely undone right now. It's hard to put too much on the secondary when you're not getting any pass rush. And of course it's tough to get any pass rush when the opposing offense is running a quick-pass offense balanced with a run game that's the third worst in yards allowed per game on the ground right now. So do the Rams need linebacker help? Is the secondary the issue? Is the D-line the issue? Is it less about personnel and more about usage? Whatever it is, it's not working. And if the Fisher-Williams hierarchy is in place, perhaps finding guys that fit what they want to do on defense trumps the offensive moves come next May.

In any case, the 2015 class is taking shape. And sweet Sammy Davis, Jr., is Saturday a perfect day to get a look in...You've got six games in which both teams are ranked and another half dozen or so that are either draft-relevant or very pertinent to the college rankings.

It's the most wonderful time of the year.