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2015 NFL Draft: How the Rams 2015 Opponents Improved on Day One Of the Draft

How will Opponents 1st round selections effect the Rams next season?

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Week 1 - vs. Seattle (No Pick)

Hooray! The Seahawks didn't have a 1st round pick! Yes, they have Jimmy Graham.... but I trust TJ Mac and Ogletree to be able to handle him. He'll still do his damage, but he won't beat us.

Week 2 - @ Washington (Brandon Scherff, OT - Iowa)

The Redskins shocked the NFL world by passing on USC DL Leonard Williams in favor of Brandon Scherff. I love Scherff as a guard prospect, but expect Aaron Donald, Nick Fairley, and Michael Brockers to steamroll the former Iowa lineman. This will benefit the Rams.

Week 3 - vs. Pittsburgh (Bud Dupree, OLB - Kentucky)

With the OL as vulnerable as it is right now for the Rams, this pick spells trouble. Dupree will pair with Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones for the Steelers and will have the ability to wreak havoc on many game plans. Unless Boudreau works some miracles, that group will be all over Foles.

Week 4 - @ Arizona (D.J. Humphries, OT - Florida)

Rookie OTs + the Rams DL = Good Times for the Rams.

Week 5 - @ Green Bay (Demarious Randall, FS - Arizona State)

I can't say that I know much about Randall, but it stands to reason that the Rams will be playing catch up against the Packers. Having a rookie FS may make this game look closer than it really was.

Week 7 - vs. Cleveland (Danny Shelton, DT - Washington & Cameron Erving, OL - Florida State)

Shelton excels at stopping the run, which is what the Rams are basing their 2015 campaign on. That doesn't bode well for the Rams, but facing another Rookie OL will balance that out. Plus... it's Cleveland. So the Rams should have no issues winning this game.

Week 8 - vs. San Francisco (Arik Armstead, DE - Oregon)

Armstead projects as a bit of a project. The effect of this pick largely depends on whether Justin Smith retires or not. But regardless of what happens, the 49ers D isn't what it was a few years ago. This is probably a push at this point in the season.

Week 9 - @ Minnesota (Trae Waynes, CB - Michigan State)

Waynes will pair with Xavier Rhodes to form a promising duo for the Vikings. Coming from the Big 10, Waynes is accustomed to the NFC West style of play and will make this game more difficult for the Rams to win.

Week 10 - vs. Chicago (Kevin White, WR - West Virginia)

I think that the Rams DB group is a little underrated. The combination of White and Alshon Jeffery will not be as potent as Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. With 3 starting caliber CBs on the roster and a budding star in TJ Mac, I don't expect White to cause issues for the Rams.

Week 11 - @ Baltimore (Breshad Perriman, WR - Central Florida)

See above regarding the Rams DBs. I don't like Perriman at all and think that JJ, Tru, and Co. will keep him from impacting the game.

Week 12 - @ Cincinnati (Cedric Ogbuehi, OT - Texas A&M)

Ogbuehi is going to be the Bengals 6th OL and he's coming off of an ACL injury. Long-term I like this pick, but this year? His impact will be negligible, particularly against the Rams dominant front 7.

Week 13 - vs. Arizona (D.J. Humphries, OT - Florida)

Again, rookie OL vs the Rams DL bodes well for the Rams. Though it might be different the 2nd time around, the Rams are savvy enough to keep beating Humphries. Advantage: Rams.

Week 14 - vs. Detroit (Laken Tomlinson, OG - Duke)

Tomlinson is a brute. While he will have his moments on the interior vs the Rams DTs,  this will be an overall win for the Rams.

Week 15 - vs. Tampa Bay (Jameis Winston, QB - Florida State)

I'll start this by saying that the Bucs have a lot of talent. I could easily see them going .500 or better this year. Famous Jameis will have his share of highlights in his rookie year, but will also take his lumps behind that OL. Expect him to be running for his life in this game.

Week 16 - @ Seattle (No Pick)

With no pick, you still have to defer to Jimmy Graham essentially being the addition here. By this point in the season, I expect the ultra-physical NFC West to have taken it's toll on the finesse TE by now. Graham will likely not be at 100% for this game, but will still be dangerous.

Week 17 - @ San Francisco (Arik Armstead, DE - Oregon)

By the time week 17 rolls around, Armstead will likely have made strides but also will have hit the 'rookie wall'. I like the fit long term in San Fran, but this will still be a net positive for the Rams.