When the St. Louis Rams traded for quarterback Nick Foles, it appears to have satiated the needs of many who were looking for a fresh start at the position heading into the 2015 season. And with the Rams picking in the 10th spot, it’s not likely they’ll land one of the draft’s top QB’s.
That leaves wide receiver, and a few spots along the offensive line, as the team’s most dire needs. Most NFL Draft experts recognize this. While others think the Rams could use a little help elsewhere.
Here’s what they’re saying a couple of weeks before the draft....
SB Nation: WR Amari Cooper
I don’t necessarily think the Rams should sink another high draft pick into a wide receiver, but Cooper would be hard to pass up at No. 10. He’s the best player available and a difference maker for an offense. St. Louis scheduled a pre-draft visit with him, so there is at the least some curiosity there.
ESPN: WR Breshad Perriman
No player has risen more on my board over the past month than Perriman, a player who I always thought looked explosive on tape, then lived up to that by running sub-4.3 two separate times at his pro day. We know the Rams have a need for another potent weapon in the passing game, and Perriman could fit the bill. One of the bigger sleepers in the 2015 draft class at this point, Perriman has good length but will also prove dangerous after the catch. At one time I had him as a likely second-round pick, but now I see him as a close call in terms of overall ability next to the top few wide receivers in this class.
Walter Football: OT Brandon Scherff
The Rams still have some holes on their offensive line. Jake Long's health was a serious concern, prompting the front office to release him. There's a void at the guard spot that Greg Robinson previously occupied. Meanwhile, right tackle Joseph Barksdale is a free agent. Here's a solution for either dilemma.
CBS Sports [Rang]: WR Kevin White
The Rams might consider Mariota if he was here, but providing Nick Foles with a potential star receiver could be another way to spark St. Louis' disappointing passing attack. No player has boosted his stock more this season than White, who climbs the ladder to make contested catches look easy and answered any questions about his athleticism with a spectacular workout at the combine.
CBS Sports [Brugler]: OT Brandon Scherff
The Rams invested in a top 10 offensive lineman last year (Greg Robinson) and it makes sense to do so again this year, especially if Scherff is available.
CBS Sports [Brinson]: OT Brandon Scherff
Back-to-back seasons for Jeff Fisher taking an offensive lineman in the first round, the only two times he's done so in his career as a head coach. They've got to get bodies to run behind and protect Nick Foles if they plan on contending in the NFC West.
Ourlads: WR Amari Cooper
The Combine confirmed what the scouts have seen over the past three years regarding Cooper. A smooth & precise route runner with outstanding hands.Shows good athleticism. Has good burst off line of scrimmage, shows good acceleration in and out breaks. Very productive making plays after the catch, is consistently effective on outside screens. Sneaky speed with a second gear. Uses hands and feet well getting separation against press, can win with physicality and quickness. Mature route runner who adjusts well to coverages.
NFL.com: CB Trae Waynes
Waynes' size, speed and lockdown cover ability could allow defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to fully unlock the defense's massive potential.
Sports Illustrated: CB Trae Waynes
This is around where most mockers have Waynes coming off the board, and the Rams make plenty of sense with cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson both in line for free agency after this season.
Syracuse.com: WR Amari Cooper
The Rams could use another piece on the offensive line, but they also still need a top flight wide receiver despite the amount of resources they have invested in the position. If Amari Cooper falls to them, this will be an easy pick.
DraftTek: OT Brandon Scherff
With three weeks to go before the NFL Draft, the Rams still have not addressed (through Free Agency) their 3 glaring holes on the offensive line. Rodger Saffold and Greg Robinson are the only sure starters currently on the roster. The Rams may attempt to re-sign OT Joe Barksdale, although it appears they're in no hurry to do so. Brandon Scherff falls to the Rams in this DraftSim and is the highest-rated offensive lineman on DraftTek's Big Board. Scherff has drawn comparisons to Zack Martin, an OT the Rams coveted in last year's draft (and attempted to trade up for). The Rams have shown a keen interest in Scherff throughout the draft process and would be penciled in as Barksdale's replacement at RT.