ESPN's Todd McShay has his first mock draft for the 2016 NFL Draft neatly packed away behind ESPN's insider paywall because life is not designed to optimize satisfaction. Nevertheless, here we are at TST ready to cover all draft angles, satisfactory or less so, for your viewing pleasure.
The order's a bit different since McShay uses ESPN's Football Power Index to project "what the order will be at the end of the season" because all things ESPN all the time putting the Rams at #10 overall. Here's your top 9:
|1||Tennessee Titans||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio St.|
|1||Cleveland Browns||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis|
|3||San Diego Chargers||Robert Nkemdiche||DT||Ole Miss|
|4||Baltimore Ravens||Jalen Ramsey||CB||Florida St.|
|5||San Francisco 49ers||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|6||Dallas Cowboys||Jaylon Smith||OLB||Notre Dame|
|7||Detroit Lions||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|9||Jacksonville Jaguars||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
Last week, we had an early mock draft from Bleacher Report's Matt Miller to comb through, slideshow-style again because life and satisfaction no. He had the St. Louis Rams spending their first-round pick on Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell.
It's a familiar result then for the Rams here with McShay's initial effort:
Laquon Treadwell (WR, Ole Miss)
Treadwell has rebounded nicely from his season-ending leg injury last season, playing all 12 regular-season games and putting together some quality tape. He's a big, physical receiver with outstanding hands and has a really good feel for the position. He reminds me a bit of Dez Bryant when he was coming out of Oklahoma State. Treadwell could be the difference-maker the Rams need on the outside.
Tevin talked about Treadwell a bit in his write-up of the Miller mock. He's a fine prospect, though I'm biased in favor of him with Treadwell atop my WR Big Board. The biggest concern I have about Treadwell the prospect is the medical check at the combine. Assuming nothing comes up there, it's hard to knock the selection.
The bigger concern though is what the hell this offense is going to look like in 2016 irrespective of Treadwell. If Jeff Fisher is still the Rams' head coach, Treadwell could be a huge waste in #Fisherball. It doesn't necessarily mean the pick isn't justified, it just means Rams fans will end up sore over his lack of production assuming it's on Treadwell. If, on the other hand, the Rams move in a different direction atop the coaching staff, one wonders how the QB evaluation will play out and that might affect this draft for the Rams.
As it stands now, Treadwell's a fair pick for the Rams, one I expect we'll be seeing a lot in the months ahead.