Earlier this week, we had our first major 2016 NFL Mock Draft from Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft. In it, the Rams took Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller, pushing me to wonder if defense was perhaps the early target need for St. Louis going into the 2015 season.
ESPN's Todd McShay has his first 2016 mock out (insider subscription required because boo), and it pulls back on that sentiment. In fact, it's a name we referenced in the Kadar mock having tweeted out the Rams' plans back in March...
@CollegeAndMag @SBNationCFB We kinda have a thing for you guys. (P.S. DO NOT LET ANYTHING HAPPEN TO D'HAQUILLE. WE HAVE PLANS.)— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) March 13, 2015
I'm not saying McShay reads TST obsessively to gauge the Rams' needs and the general sense of the fan base, but his pick for the Rams at #8 is:
D'haquille (Duke) Williams (WR, Auburn)
Williams established himself as a big-play threat in his first season at Auburn after transferring from junior college, averaging 16.2 yards per reception on 45 catches. He needs to improve his consistency, but has the physical tools (he's 6-2, 224 pounds) to be a very good NFL receiver.
Indeed he does. And with talented young QB Jeremy Johnson ready to take the reins of the Auburn offense, there's good reason to expect big time production from Williams this year. Johnson, for his part, is a much more skilled QB than Nick Marshall was, so #WarDamnRams could get even more popular in 2015.