We've got new mockery today from Pete Prisco, and it's about time to put these top 14s away. Since the mock drafts started pouring in, I've been tableizing the top 14 as a way to chart the different paths for the Rams to 15, to navigate the different player and position lanes to get to the prospective options for the Rams that, by nature, gave them feasibility.
Now though, with the combine done and the road to the draft wide open, I think it's time to switch to mock highlights.
I expect most people are comfortable with the major prospects in play by now. If not, there's a reason I've kept the mock draft tracker updated. You can go familiarize yourself with the conventional wisdom of draft stock and the fluctuations therein if you've been in a cave for the last three months (to be honest though, I'd be surprised if most caves are somehow able to avoid the media saturation of the NFL).
Anywho, mock time.
It's a familiar run-up. Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil off the top, three QBs gone by the Eagles at 13. Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley's the only other offensive prospect taken ahead of the Rams. Last time in his first mock, Prisco mocked the Rams to Ohio St. CB Eli Apple.
This time, he's going offense with:
Laquon Treadwell (WR, Ole Miss)
After seeing him at the combine and seeing his big frame, he looks a lot like Dez Bryant. He plays like him too. The Rams need a big-play receiver to help amp up a pass offense that isn't very good.
I think the question is one of post-combine reactionism. Does Laquon's lack of established speed hurt his draft stock? Is a team like the Los Angeles Rams so clearly desperate for passing game improvement that they reach beyond what most teams will? And how deep down the offensive draft rabbit hole do they go versus some defensive BPA picks?