clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

2016 NFL Mock Draft: MTD's Kadar Has Rams Grabbing DL, Offensive Duo In Two-Round Mock

Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar doubles up with his Monday mock this week, asking the much new offense is too much new offense?

Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

More mockery.

After the Pro Football Focus mock we covered this morning, we've got a two-round effort from SB Nation's very own Dan Kadar over at Mocking the Draft.

As always, the top 14:

# Team Pick POS School
1 Tennessee Titans Joey Bosa DE Ohio St.
2 Cleveland Browns Jared Goff QB California
3 San Diego Chargers Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
4 Dallas Cowboys Jalen Ramsey CB Florida St.
5 Jacksonville Jaguars DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
6 Baltimore Ravens Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson
7 San Francisco 49ers Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
8 Miami Dolphins Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
10 New York Giants Myles Jack OLB UCLA
11 Chicago Bears Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
12 New Orleans Saints A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
13 Philadelphia Eagles Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
14 Oakland Raiders Taylor Decker OT Ohio St.

Well, it's an interesting update to Kadar's last mock. No Treadwell. No Lynch. So Kadar has to come up with a new name for the Rams at 15:

Noah Spence (DE, Eastern Kentucky)

With Lynch gone, do you go after North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz or a wide receiver here? If not, don't be shocked if the Rams lean toward yet another defensive lineman. Chris Long could be a cap casualty this offseason and William Hayes is a free agent. Spence is a sensational athlete for a pass rusher and can rush the passer standing up or with his hand on the ground.

Don't be put off by the small school bias. Spence was tearing it up at Ohio State before some drug issues forced him out, a la Janoris Jenkins from Florida to North Alabama prior to the 2012 NFL Draft. It again, though, poses the question of pressing into the defense with the first-round pick after the NFL's last-ranked offense in yardage being owned by the Rams.

If there's a way to rationalize it, though, Kadar offers it with the Rams' two second-round picks (the earlier of which coming via the Sam Bradford-Nick Foles official trade terms).

With the first second-rounder, Kadar has the Rams going after:

Connor Cook (QB, Michigan St.)

I'm not a huge Cook fan, but a second-round QB is at least an effort to reset the trajectory for the offense.

And with the latter second-round selection:

Will Fuller (WR, Notre Dame)

This is the real conundrum.

A defensive pick in the first round means you're having to upgrade the offense with (literally) secondary options. Is that the stronger course of action? To add what you hope to be another premier player on the defense while looking to upgrade the offense by degrees rather than tiers?

I'm a bit unsure how comfortable I am with strategy at this point, but I just worry that a Cook-Fuller combo isn't enough to really push the offense beyond the bottom tier of the NFL...which is really the big concern for the Rams in 2016.

Playing my own devil's advocate, though...does it even matter under Fisherball? Would any QB-WR combo get swamped anyway meaning it just makes sense to load up on RBs and DL ad infinitum?