Time to look at how the combine affected the mock draft landscape. First up is Friend of TST Dan Kadar from over at Mocking the Draft. His newest mock has some changes clearly impacted by combine performances...on both sides of the spectrum.
Here's his pre-combine and post-combine mock top 14s:
|Kadar's Pre-Combine Mock||Kadar's Post-Combine Mock|
|1||Tennessee Titans||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|2||Cleveland Browns||Jared Goff||QB||California||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|3||San Diego Chargers||DeForest Buckner||DE||Oregon||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|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||Jalen Ramsey||CB||Florida St.||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio St.|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota St.||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota St.|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Mackensie Alexander||CB||Clemson||Mackensie Alexander||CB||Clemson|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Noah Spence||DE/O||Eastern Kentucky||DeForest Buckner||DE||Oregon|
|10||New York Giants||Jaylon Smith||OLB||Notre Dame||Noah Spence||DE/O||Eastern Kentucky|
|11||Chicago Bears||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame||Jaylon Smith||OLB||Notre Dame|
|12||New Orleans Saints||A'Shawn Robinson||DT||Alabama||A'Shawn Robinson||DT||Alabama|
|13||Philadelphia Eagles||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis|
|14||Oakland Raiders||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio St.|
Same dynamic as before for the Rams regarding the Plan A/Plan B issue for the Rams with the top three quarterbacks and Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell. Like his last mock, the three top QBs are all off the board. And so like his last mock, Kadar has the Rams taking:
Laquon Treadwell (WR, Ole Miss)
With the top three quarterbacks gone, the Rams could go after Treadwell, the top player at his position in the draft. Although Treadwell may not be the fastest wideout, he doesn't need to be. He's a physical wideout who gets opens with his size and wins jump ball situations with ease.
The question isn't one of need. We know the Rams haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Torry Holt in 2007, and the effort to fill out the position has been...unsuccessful. The question is more one of where they'll get more impact, especially on the defensive side with some veteran attrition and the potential loss of Janoris "Clamp Season" Jenkins. And don't rule out the possibility of a whackadoo pick on par with the Todd Gurley selection from last year that nobody's predicting. I'd put the Rams taking Penn St. QB Christian Hackenberg in that category even with a public suggestion notwithstanding.
In any case, it's post-combine mockery to sift through. It's worth noting the picks in the second half of the first round as well both for post-combine movement but also to keep tabs on availability for the Rams in the second round who holds picks #43 and #45 overall.