Today's Mock Du Jour is Cream of Mushroom with a Tarragon wait...no.
It's Daniel Jeremiah, former scout and current NFL Network analyst, with a two-rounder. Leggo.
|1||Tampa Bay||Jameis Winston||QB||Florida St.|
|3||Jacksonville||Dante Fowler Jr.||DE||Florida|
|6||New York Jets||Bud Dupree||DE||Kentucky|
|9||New York Giants||Amari Cooper||WR||Alabama|
Sets up nicely for one of the more popular picks at 10 among TSTers...
Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa)
The Rams take the most physical blocker for the second year in a row.
There's little to argue of the fit in Fisher's system. As I've said recently, I'm increasingly more interested in the #10-#41 gap. The Rams should be in position to get a quality OT or WR at 10. That's fine, whether they trade down or not.
So a couple points of interest in this Jeremiah mock on the road to 41? First is USC WR Nelson Agholor at 16. It's as high as I've seen him since year-out mocks back in late 2014. And Randy Gregory is dealing with a bit of a crisis in image now as Jeremiah has him sliding down the slippery slope of red flags down to 24th.
For Rams fan hoping to double up on the line in the first two rounds, the run Jeremiah has from 23 on makes that nearly unsupportable:
- 23.) D.J. Humphries (OT, Florida)
- 25.) Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford)
- 28.) Cam Erving (C, Florida St.)
- 29.) Ereck Flowers (OT, Miami)
- 32.) Laken Tomlinson (G, Duke)
- 33.) T.J. Clemmings (OT, Pitt)
- 34.) Cedric Ogbuehi (OT, Texas A&M)
- 38.) Jake Fisher (OT , Oregon)
The real concern for me with this scenario is that if the Rams opt to go WR at 10, which is a clear opportunity here with just Cooper gone by the Rams' first pick, the pickings have slimmed out considerably by 41. In fact after Fisher at 38, Jeremiah doesn't have any other offensive linemen selected until the final two picks of the second round. Perhaps a bizzaro Tavon Austin/Alec Ogletree deal is to be had here with a trade down from 10 and a trade up from 41.
Nevertheless, here's what Jeremiah has for the Rams with their second round pick:
Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona St.)
Nick Foles gets a big target.
You're not going to get an argument out of me landing the wideout atop my WR board in the second round. I humbly accept.
A couple other names of note thereafter?
I hate the Stephone Anthony (Clemson) to San Francisco pick at 46 less because it's unsound but more because I don't want the Niners to restock their linebacking corps with that kind of athleticism so quickly. For Anthony to go ahead of fellow LB prospects Denzel Perryman (Miami), Eric Kendricks (UCLA), Bernardrick McKinney (Mississippi St.) was a bit of a surprise.
There's a DT run from 53-55 of Ohio St.'s Michael Bennett, Auburn's Gabe Wright and Oklahoma's Jordan Phillips that could force a trade. The final three picks of the mock? Surprising, each.
South Alabama TE Wes Saxton is athletic as any end product you'll find. I haven't seen him in the second yet. And the aforementioned final two picks of offensive linemen, consisting of South Carolina G A.J. Cann (misattributed to Georgia) and Penn St. OT Donovan Smith would normally seem late, but with that huge run from 23-38, the class thinned out quickly.
In any case with just a week to go, there's still surprise to come.