While highly controversial at the time - and still debatable - it's clear that Todd Gurley is a very, very good football player. Unfortunately for the Rams in this case, the Jaguars snatch up the Offensive Rookie of the Year before the Rams have a chance to pick him up.
Bum luck cost the Jaguars their first-round pick’s rookie season—Fowler tore up his knee during training camp and didn’t play a snap in 2015. It wasn’t a bad pick. Neither was T.J. Yeldon at No. 36. He rushed for 740 yards despite Jacksonville’s inexplicable insistence against using him in the red zone. But Gurley is on another level. Had the Georgia product’s own knee injury never occurred, he could have climbed this high at the initial draft proceedings.
With Gurley off the board, Chris Burke would have had the Rams select Ronald Darby (CB, Florida State)
This would have been a bit of a preemptive strike for the Rams, who now face the prospect of losing starting corners Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson to free agency. Having Darby in their back pockets would have made the situation easier to handle. They would have been slightly overloaded in 2015, even with E.J. Gaines suffering a Lisfranc injury, but Darby would have found his way on the field. He was dynamite as a rookie and projects as a long-term CB answer.
I get the logic here, but at least go with Marcus Peters if you're gonna take a CB. The dude is Janoris Jenkins 2.0... why not take a shot on him?
Given how the Rams offense produced - or more aptly didn't produce - in 2015, one would have liked for the Rams to find a playmaker for the offense, but the 2015 draft was woefully thin in that regard. In this scenario, the Rams could have snagged Kevin White, but he's still somewhat of an unknown after being a injuries cost him his rookie campaign.
Something to torment you in your sleep tonight... how bad would the Rams offense have been if they didn't have Gurley in tow? Sure they would have been insanely deep on defense (#Fisherball), but would the offense have scored more than 10 points a game?