With the start of the new league year - and free agency - on Monday, March 10th, it’ll be interesting to see what moves the St. Louis Rams make in order to shape their roster.
Not long after that, on April 30th, they’ll look to the NFL Draft. The Rams are [currently] selecting in the 10th overall spot, and have only five picks at their disposal.
Assuming they stay put at 10, who are draft experts saying they should select in order to strengthen their team?
Mel Kiper [ESPN In$ider] - Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
The Rams aren't going to get a QB here. It's just not happening. And whether Sam Bradford is back next season, or it's somebody else, they need to find a way to improve the options in the passing game beyond the current mix of talented but complementary options. Cooper is a true No. 1, a supremely gifted route runner who doesn't just do it with smarts, but with 4.4 speed and the ability to set up defenders and then run past them. The Rams keep improving on defense and remain stuck in place on offense. Cooper is a true building-block piece.
Todd McShay [ESPN In$ider] - Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
The Rams' biggest need is at quarterback, but in this scenario they aren't getting one. We don't project trades in these mocks, and it's hard to see St. Louis being able to draft Winston or Mariota on April 30 without trading up to do so. The next-biggest need is offensive line, but with Scherff off the board, there isn't a great value match at this point. (My highest-rated tackle is Andrus Peat, but he's more of a pure left tackle who doesn't fit this team's physical approach perfectly.) So I have them filling their need at wide receiver with a great value pick in Cooper, our No. 3 overall player. He is NFL-ready with great savvy as a route runner, separation skills, ball skills and run-after-catch ability. His 4.42 40-yard dash at the combine confirmed he has good speed.