Well, we're here. February 1. Mock drafts are now too plentiful to really break ground without seeming like a stretch.
Sure, the Senior Bowl shifted things slightly. The Scouting Combine later this month will moreso. Bear in mind though that a year ago, the conventional wisdom began to coalesce around the Rams taking a wide receiver or offensive lineman with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
So just carry a pinch of skepticism with you throughout the next three months. It'll come in handy.
In any case, we've got an updated pair of mocks from CBS' pair in Rob Rang and Dane Brugler. How do they navigate to the Rams at 15?
|Rang's Mock||Brugler's Mock|
|1||Tennessee Titans||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|2||Cleveland Browns||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota St.||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota St.|
|3||San Diego Chargers||Jalen Ramsey||CB||Florida St.||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio St.|
|4||Dallas Cowboys||Myles Jack||OLB||UCLA||Myles Jack||OLB||UCLA|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio St.||Jalen Ramsey||CB||Florida St.|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|8||Miami Dolphins||DeForest Buckner||DE||Oregon||Noah Spence||OLB||Eastern Kentucky|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|10||New York Giants||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio St.||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio St.|
|11||Chicago Bears||Noah Spence||OLB||Eastern Kentucky||DeForest Buckner||DE||Oregon|
|12||New Orleans Saints||Jarran Reed||DT||Alabama||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|13||Philadelphia Eagles||A'Shawn Robinson||DT||Alabama||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|14||Oakland Raiders||Mackensie Alexander||CB||Clemson||Reggie Ragland||ILB||Alabama|
There's a big name missing from Rang's mock if you caught it. If not, no worries. He's got the Rams making it work:
Jared Goff (QB, Cal)
With rookie Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley and the playmaking Tavon Austin on offense and the NFL's most ferocious defensive line, the Rams are only a legitimate quarterback away from contention in the NFC West. Enter Goff, a local product sure to excite the "new" Los Angeles fan base. Goff lacks the build and arm strength scouts would prefer, but he is an instinctive quarterback who wins with anticipation and accuracy.
A week ago when I posted Rang's first mock, I said this:
Let the Great Rams QB Debate Begin. Tossing Cook in the mix gives us a four-wide QB race, though Goff's stock is too solidly high right now to have pushed him to the Rams. That will change...
NOTHNG...CAN'T...HAPPEN. Open minds + skepticism = proper mock draft attitude.
Paxton Lynch (QB, Memphis)
The Rams have a very talented roster, except at the most important position in sports: quarterback. And as the franchise makes the move to L.A., Lynch would give the Rams a young passer to groom.