It's been about two months since we got a full mock from Bleacher Report's Matt Miller. This week, he blessed us with a seven-round behemoth that, obviously, has a ton to sift through.
We've seen plenty of Top-14's from other draft analysts, so let's get Miller's pre-combine lead-in to the Rams at #15:
|North Dakota St.
|San Diego Chargers
|San Francisco 49ers
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|New York Giants
|New Orleans Saints
|Vernon Hargreaves III
There you go. Another mock that found a way to get the Rams at #15 to Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell, right?
Michael Thomas (WR, Ohio St.)
Ohio State’sis the big-bodied star receiver no one is talking about enough in this year’s class. Let’s change that.
Thomas has the size (6’3", 215 lbs) and speed to take the top off of defenses. And as seen against Virginia Tech and Notre Dame this season, he’s a nifty route-runner with great change-of-direction skills. Sure, his numbers weren’t great, but tape study will show that’s more on the lack of quarterback talent and scheme diversity than any shortage of talent on Thomas’ behalf.
Plug Thomas in with the Rams, and you have another young, explosive offensive building block to team up withfor the next five seasons.
With the Super Bowl done, it's time to start diving into big boards. We'll have at it soon, but this mock obviously raises a fair question: who is the best WR in this draft? Perhaps more important, who is the best fit for the Rams?
Miller has Treadwell off the board at #23 to the Houston Texans making this perhaps the only mock of late that has the Rams and Texans not taking a QB (and both taking a WR!). At this point though, the Treadwell pick begins the next question on the draft waterfall.
If the Rams go WR in round one, what needs get elevated for the pair of round two picks?
Certainly QB would remain in the mix, but beyond that, I don't have any answers I'd offer with much confidence.
Miller at least gives one option with his two second round picks for the Rams:
Connor Cook (QB, Michigan St.)
Artie Burns (CB, Miami)
Is it impossible not to tie the Burns pick to the expiring contracts of Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson? The Rams are deep at cornerback with Lamarcus Joyner and a returning E.J. Gaines in the mix, but it might be tough to keep both Jenks and Tru this offseason.
It's worth seeing how Miller gets through the draft after the first round, so have a looksee. Plenty of popular Rams targets after the Burns pick in round two.
For round three, he mocks:
Jalen Mills (FS, LSU)
Incredibly talented, but I have no idea what position he's going to play in the NFL. Is he a traditional free safety? Is he a rover a la Tyrann Mathieu? is he an outside cornerback? Does he have to stick to the slot to avoid the outside press? Interesting to see his NFL.com profile compare him to current Rams CB Lamarcus Joyner...
Into the fourth round and the Rams with the 107 pick of the draft:
Kyler Fackrell (OLB, Utah St.)
Super athletic outside linebacker. Personally, I'd be very surprised if he lasts this long unless the medical check at the combine discovers something related to an ACL injury two seasons ago. He came back 100% on the field this year though, so tough to discern.
No fifth round pick for the Rams with the selection of Isaiah Battle in the Supplemental Draft last year.
On to round six:
Deiondre' Hall (CB, Northern Iowa)
Couldn't tell ya.
And that does it as the Rams sent their seventh round pick to the Houston Texans for .
A wide receiver, a QB, some secondary options and Fackrell. Does it scratch the Rams draft itch for you?