The Rams finished their season 7-9, leaving them to pick 15th in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The draft process is extremely fluid, so honestly it matters less where exactly the Rams draft. They just need to draft well in selecting and developing an impact player.
While the draft is fluid, the team will have some options more likely than others as it comes to draft stock. Here are five players that should be available when the Rams pick.
Michael Thomas (WR Ohio St)
The Ohio State underclassman receiver ended the season with 56 catches for 781 yards and nine touchdowns. Currently, Thomas has been ranked somewhere between the second and fifth best receiver in the draft and occasionally he has been listed as the best wideout.
Thomas is a prototypical possession receiver. Thomas is a 6-foot-3 receiver with solid but reliable hands, good route runner. He has been compared to his uncle Keyshawn Johnson. When you watch Thomas play you do see a potential playmaker in the NFL. Thomas is a natural athlete with the ball and with his route running ability he will be a dangerous threat in the league.
Reggie Ragland (LB, Alabama)
Ragland is a senior linebacker from the University of Alabama. Being a 6-foot-2, 254 pound linebacker automatically makes him a top linebacker prospect. The big run defender could be an every down linebacker when he comes to the NFL, which is one of the biggest attributes that the NFL looks at when scouting middle linebackers.
The Rams still have James Laurinaitis on the roster as the starting middle linebacker. However, in past drafts the team has looked at middle linebackers and considered drafting them. Ragland has experience dropping back into coverage, playing the run, and even rushing as a down lineman. Ragland has 97 tackles with 56 of them being solo tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and seven pass deflections.
Carson Wentz (QB, North Dakota St.)
Wentz is one of the most interesting QB prospects in this year's draft. Wentz has all of the attributes that you would want in a starting quarterback and potentially one of those franchise QB's that NFL teams covet.
Wentz is a player with extreme upside: he has the athleticism, the arm strength, good enough accuracy, and he has the elite NFL size since he is 6-foot-6. There are a couple of concerns with Wentz, he has only started an entire season once, this season he broke his wrist and missed a good chunk of games, and also he is in a lower division so there will be a learning curve as he attempts to become a starting QB in the NFL.
Corey Coleman (WR, Baylor)
Coleman had an impressive 2015, hauling in 74 catches for 1,363 yards and an amazing 20 touchdowns. As a player, the Baylor junior receiver is a vertical threat that can not only make big-plays but also make clutch catches. Coleman is basically the Antonio Brown of NCAA, his speed and hands will translate to the NFL, and it appears as though teams will not have to run plays specifically for him to get the ball, he can get open and make a play on his own.
The biggest ding on Coleman is his size, he is 5-foot-10 and that makes him close to the size of Tavon Austin. Although, both players have two different skillsets, it would be interesting to see if the Rams draft a receiver that is not a big possession guy.
Mackensie Alexander (CB, Clemson)
The Clemson corner has been listed as one of the top corners in this year's draft. Alexander has the attributes of a potential top corner back, he has light feet, fluid hips, and has basically been the Richard Sherman of college football. Alexander is a hell of a projection, he does not have an interception and has only 10 pass deflections in his career, which has only been two playing seasons since the corner is a redshirt sophomore.
Finding a good cornerback is hard and the Rams will more than likely lose Janoris Jenkins or Trumaine Johnson in free agency this season.