The fine folks over at ESPN took some time to outline worst case scenarios for a couple of teams and Mel Kiper decided to look at the Rams.
By definition, a worst case scenario isn't supposed to be appealing but this goes against everything that the Rams have done in the draft since Snisher took over. With few exceptions, they have gone BPA at every pick and have largely had success with that philosophy.
Here's a look at how Kiper and McShay broke it down.
|1||Tampa Bay||Jameis Winston||Florida State|
|3||Jacksonville||Dante Fowler Jr.||Florida|
|5||Washington||"Anyone you Want"|
|6||New York Jets||Kevin White||West Virginia|
|9||New York Giants||Brandon Scherff||Iowa|
They didn't completely fill the draft board, but Mel Mentions Andrus Peat and Breshad Perriman as two options for the Rams in this scenario. Honestly, I don't see either of them as good fits with the Rams and there are plenty of players that I think the team should consider before those two.
For the record, if this goes down, I would expect Les to work some of his magic and trade down. I don't see him staying at #10 in this scenario. But if we are stuck at #10, as Kiper and McShay suggest for this exercise, I still wouldn't consider either of those players.
Obviously, we have to account for Washington and Atlanta not having their picks accounted for, but here is what MY big board would look like here.
|Trae Waynes||Michigan State|
Again, we have to take into account that two players not named by Kiper and McShay are gone. It stands to reason that Williams would be one of those two players. I don't list Peat or Perriman because I simply don't value them in this draft. I'd much rather have any of the players listed above, with a caveat.
We all know that Fisher loves him some Running Backs. While I'm in no way advocating that the Rams take him at #10, I'd much prefer him over Peat or Perriman. Gurley was put on the board not because I want him on the Rams, but to show how much I don't want Peat or Perriman.
All things said, I don't see this as a horrible situation for the Rams. Even with the assumption that Williams would be gone, that still leaves the Rams with a couple of RT candidates, a potential long term replacement for Chris Long, and the top CB in the Draft to pick from. While they would all be mild reaches at #10, it sure as hell beats Perriman.