With two weeks to go to the 2015 NFL Draft, the conventional wisdom has cemented. No draft pundit is better suited to exhibit that than ESPN's Mel Kiper. In Kiper's new mock out today (ESPNinsider subscription needed because boo), he takes that CW and uses it with each team's positions of need to go three rounds deep.
Take his positional need list for the Rams:
Top needs: OL, WR, CB, QB.
At this point, it's only going to be surprising when the Rams don't draft to those positions.
In any case, here's his trio for the Rams:
Round 1 (10) WR DeVante Parker, Louisville
Round 2 (41) OT T.J. Clemmings, Pitt
Round 3 (72) CB D'Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic
Analysis: I'm simply not content to go into a pivotal season with Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin as the top two options at wide receiver. I've seen Parker dinged on production before, but Louisville really spread the ball around when Teddy Bridgewater was there, and he missed the first half of the season last year with a broken foot. He gives us a downfield threat who offers up a big catch radius and the ability to make plays with the ball in his hands. Clemmings is a high-upside play I'm surprised is still on the board at No. 41. I think he'll have growing pains as a pass protector, but given the need we still have, starting at right tackle, it doesn't seem wise to pass on his talent at this point. We hit a home run in last year's draft with E.J. Gaines, and I'm hoping Smith comes in, provides immediate depth and eventual starts the way Gaines did. This is going to be a great secondary for playmakers given the state of our defensive line. Quarterbacks will be under duress.
It's awfully comfy. That stretches the imagination little, so I guess points for not rocking the boat. But then again, does anyone actually expect that kind of draft from Fisher? He followed Greg Robinson, an expected #2 pick, with Aaron Donald (less expected), LaMarcus Joyner (unexpected) and Tre Mason (negativexpected). This is just to unrealistic to me. Throw in no trades in the mix, and it's as if Jeff Fisher and Les Snead aren't even taking part in this.
Anywho, another mock out today from Yahoo!'s Eric Edholm has the Rams going all offense through two rounds...without any OL. At #10, Edholm kicks us off with:
Devante Parker (WR, Louisville)
With Scherff gone, we’ll project them to take Parker, who could be a terrific addition for new starting QB Nick Foles and give the team a nice little depth chart at wideout. Still, it’s hard not to notice how much time the Rams spent looking at Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota during the runup to the draft. Could Foles and the No. 10 pick to the Titans for No. 2 get it done? Hmm, interesting.
Speculative trade talk? Now that's more Fisheresque. Down at the 41st pick in the 2nd round, Edholm puts the Rams on:
Brett Hundley (QB, UCLA)
Short of landing Mariota, the Rams can grab a QB to groom — and one who is a known commodity in Los Angeles. You know, for whatever that might be worth after this season.
....not even going there today.
But if you're hungry for more mockery, Chris Trapasso dropped the always unenviable 7-rounder earlier this week. Here's the Rams' haul in his herculean effort:
|10||1 - 10||La'el Collins||OL||LSU|
I'm not going to lie. I hate this class. Collins is fine, but I can't get behind Coates in the top 50 let alone to the Rams. Alexander is a better 3-4 ILB for me than anything. I'll give Trapasso credit though that I can buy the idea that this is an attempt at recreating a Fisher draft. It definitely reeks of Rams-y drafting.
Nevertheless, with exactly two weeks before draft night, we're stuck in a OL-WR-QB-CB top tier whirlwind. At this point, we just have to survive 14 days of it spinning us around from one incarnation to the next before we can actually get to the goods.