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2016 NFL Mock Draft: St. Louis Rams - 7 Rounds - Version 3

We're now into the last month of the NFL regular season. There's still plenty of football to play and many teams remain in the playoff hunt. Even with NFL football left to play, it's never too early to take a peek at college football players, assess potential Rams needs and speculate about who the Rams may be interested in drafting come April.

We're now into the last month of the NFL regular season. There's still plenty of football to play and many teams remain in the playoff hunt. In the meantime, team scouts and general managers of all 32 teams are already feverishly planning for the 2016 NFL Draft in April. It's never too early to take a peek at college football players, assess potential Rams needs and speculate about who the Rams may be interested in drafting come April.

St. Louis Rams Current Roster & Depth Chart

C Tim Barnes Demetrius Rhaney Eric Kush
RG Cody Wichmann Brian Folkerts
LG Garrett Reynolds
RT Rob Havenstein Andrew Donnal
LT Greg Robinson Isaiah Battle
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey
TE Jared Cook
WR Tavon Austin Wes Welker Bradley Marquez
WR Kenny Britt Brian Quick
RB Tre Mason Benny Cunningham
RB Todd Gurley Chase Reynolds
QB Case Keenum Nick Foles Sean Mannion
PK Greg Zuerlein
P John Hekker
LS Jake McQuaide
DT Aaron Donald Nick Fairley Louis Trinca-Pasat
DT Michael Brockers Ethan Westbrooks Doug Worthington
DE Chris Long Eugene Sims
DE William Hayes Matt Longacre
MLB James Laurinaitis Bryce Hager
OLB Mark Barron Daren Bates
OLB Akeem Ayers Cameron Lynch
CB Janoris Jenkins Marcus Roberson Eric Patterson
CB Trumaine Johnson Lamarcus Joyner
SS Maurice Alexander Christian Bryant
FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis
Practice Squad Injured Reserve IR/Designated To Return
LB  Zack Hodges CB  E.J. Gaines OLB  Alec Ogletree
LB  Matthew Wells OG  Rodger Saffold
CB  Melvin White WR  Isiah Ferguson Reserve/Suspended
RB  Malcolm Brown OT  Darrell Williams
FB  Zach Laskey OG  Jamon Brown RB  Trey Watts
TE  Justice Cunningham SS  Tim McDonald Jr.
WR  Nick Toon DE  Robert Quinn Reserve/NFI
WR  J.J. Worton
OG  David Arkin WR  Stedman Bailey
72 Players Total

St. Louis Rams 2016 Free Agents

The following 25 players are currently eligible for Free Agency in 2016 (after this season). ERFA's (Exclusive Rights Free Agents) have two or less accrued years in the league. RFA's (Restricted Free Agents) have three accrued years in the league. UFA's (Unrestricted Free Agents) have 4 or more accrued years in the league. In each instance, their contracts will have been fulfilled at the end of this season.

Position Player FA Status
QB Case Keenum RFA
RB Benny Cunningham RFA
RB Chase Reynolds RFA
TE Cory Harkey UFA
WR Brian Quick UFA
WR Wes Welker UFA
C Tim Barnes UFA
OT Isaiah Battle ERFA
OL Eric Kush ERFA
OL Brian Folkerts ERFA
K Greg Zuerlein UFA
DT Nick Fairley UFA
DT Doug Worthington ERFA
DT Louis Trinca-Pasat ERFA
DE Eugene Sims UFA
DE William Hayes UFA
DE Matt Longacre ERFA
OLB Daren Bates RFA
CB Janoris Jenkins UFA
CB Trumaine Johnson UFA
CB Eric Patterson ERFA
SS Mark Barron UFA
FS Rodney McLeod UFA
FS Christian Bryant ERFA
FS Cody Davis RFA

Ranking The Rams' 2016 Positional Needs

The Rams' 2016 positional needs are ranked using the following criteria: potential Free Agent losses, positions in need of upgrades and assessments of existing roster players.

Rank Position
1 Wide Receiver
2 Quarterback
3 Center
4 Safety
5 Tight End
6 Defensive End
7 Guard
8 Defensive Tackle
9 Middle Linebacker
10 Cornerback
11 Placekicker

2016 NFL Mock Draft: St. Louis Rams - 7 Rounds

The accompanying chart presents the Rams' 5 selections over 6 rounds in this 2016 NFL Mock Draft. The Rams forfeited their 5th round pick when they selected Isaiah Battle in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Supplemental Draft. Their 7th round selection was traded to the Houston Texans for QB Case Keenum. The Rams received Philadelphia's 2nd round pick in the Sam Bradford/Nick Foles trade (the Eagles will not be receiving any picks from the Rams). My preliminary calculations suggest the Rams will not be receiving any compensatory picks in the 2016 NFL Draft. The draft order (#13) is an estimate based on the Rams' projected regular season record.

2016 NFL Mock Draft: St. Louis Rams - 6 Rounds

In this mock draft, the Rams trade 2016 2nd and 3rd round picks, plus a 2017 2nd round selection, to move up from #41 to #16. The trade is reminiscent of the one the Rams attempted to pull off in 2014 to secure OL Zack Martin. In my last published mock draft, the Rams did not address the QB position, nor did it consider the possibility of trading draft picks.

The Rams have been unsettled at the QB position all season. Nick Foles faces an uncertain future with the Rams after a disappointing debut season with the team. Case Keenum likely isn't the long-term solution the Rams are looking for. Rookie Sean Mannion is an unknown quantity at this point in his career. Could the Rams be looking for quality and long-term stability at the position in the upcoming draft? They make a dramatic trade up in this mock draft for a quarterback, a move that addresses the position in a manner not seen in Ramsland since the selection of Sam Bradford in 2010.

In an ideal world, the Rams are able to re-sign their key Free Agents on defense, while focusing on the offense via the upcoming NFL draft.

Round Position Player School
1.13 WR Laquon Treadwell Mississippi
1.16 QB Connor Cook Michigan State
2.44 C/G Ethan Pocic LSU
4.108 TE Nick Vannett Ohio State
6.182 WR Keyarris Garrett Tulsa

Player Profiles

Laquon Treadwell

Brian Quick becomes a Free Agent after the 2015 season. Will the Rams attempt to re-sign him? Chris Givens was traded for a 7th round draft pick. Stedman Bailey's future with the Rams may be in doubt after a second suspension for violation of the NFL substance abuse policy and a long recovery ahead as the victim of a shooting. The Rams' wide receiver corps could end up being a little thin after the 2015 season. Treadwell sits atop my early WR board. Watching him in action reminds me of a couple of players (in some respects): Anquan Boldin and Dez Bryant. An injury in 2014 and lack of blazing speed might hold down Treadwell's draft stock enough to keep him outside the top dozen selections come draft day. Treadwell measures in at 6'2" - 220.

Scouting ReportHighlights

Alternate Pick: OT - Ronnie Stanley - Notre Dame

Connor Cook

The Rams will have many important decisions to make in the offseason. The quarterback position will likely be in the forefront of many discussions between Les Snead and Jeff Fisher. The key question to be answered: do the Rams have their franchise quarterback already on the roster? If the answer is no, the Rams could turn to the 2016 NFL Draft to find one. Connor Cook may be the best fit for the Rams among this years draft-eligible QB's. Cook plays in a pro-style offense, is a pure pocket passer, has a strong arm and ideal size for the NFL (6'4" - 220). He's not without flaws (needs to improve his technique and decision-making); nonetheless, Cook exhibits the type of poise, accuracy and confidence that should translate well to the pro game.

Scouting Report - Highlights - More Highlights

Alternate Pick: (2nd Round) - TE - Hunter Henry - Arkansas

Ethan Pocic

The Rams devoted plenty of draft capital to the offensive line in the 2015 NFL Draft. The one position they neglected to address in the process was center. Tim Barnes is eligible for Free Agency in 2016 and is no better than an average starter. Backup Demetrius Rhaney is an unknown quantity. If Rodger Saffold becomes a cap casualty, the Rams will need to add depth at guard. Pocic is flying under the radar at present. He presents an intriguing combination of size (6'7" - 310) and versatility (experience at center and guard). Pocic was one of the key factors in LSU's ability to open up holes for star RB Leonard Fournette in 2015.

Scouting ReportHighlights

Alternate Pick: DE - Shawn Oakman - Baylor

Nick Vannett

Jared Cook is scheduled to have an $8.3 million salary cap hit in 2016. He could become a cap casualty if the terms of his contract aren't renegotiated. Cory Harkey is eligible for Free Agency after the season. The Rams could be looking for Tight End help in the draft. Vannett has an NFL-type frame (6' 6" - 260), combining toughness with athleticism, the complete package for an NFL Tight End. Although used sparingly in the passing game at OSU (18 catches in 2015), Vannett is an able pass catcher, with nice hands and surprising speed. He excelled at blocking for OSU standout RB Ezekiel Elliott. The Rams will covet his willingness and capability as a blocker.

Scouting Report - Highlights

Alternate Pick: FS - Deon Bush - Miami (Fla.)

Keyarris Garrett

The Rams under Jeff Fisher and Les Snead are quite familiar with the concept of double-dipping at WR in the NFL Draft (Brian Quick/Chris Givens in 2012; Tavon Austin/Stedman Bailey in 2013). Garrett has prototypical size (6'3"-221), long arms and good leaping ability. He's one of my early sleeper picks in the 2016 NFL Draft (as is the alternate selection Antonio Morrison).

Scouting ReportHighlights

Alternate Pick: ILB - Antonio Morrison - Florida

Laquon Treadwell: Great move and great one-handed catch