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2016 NFL Mock Draft: NFL.com's Bucky Brooks' Updated Mock Re-Centers Defense For Rams

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With free agency mixing up the Rams roster, we're clearly seeing some change on the mock draft landscape...

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Time for a counter-mock. We got a hyperrealistic Fisherball mock from Brandon Bate this AM, but there's an updated mock from NFL.com's Bucky Brooks that's worth leaning into as well as we head into the weekend.

His top 14 is certainly worth taking a look at from a Los Angeles Rams perspective:

# Team Pick POS School
1 Tennessee Titans Jalen Ramsey CB Florida St.
2 Cleveland Browns Carson Wentz QB North Dakota St.
3 San Diego Chargers Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
4 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio St.
5 Jacksonville Jaguars Myles Jack OLB UCLA
6 Baltimore Ravens Joey Bosa DE Ohio St.
7 San Francisco 49ers Jared Goff QB California
8 Philadelphia Eagles Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
10 New York Giants Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
11 Chicago Bears Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
12 New Orleans Saints Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
13 Miami Dolphins Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
14 Oakland Raiders Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville

It's certainly a unique top 14.

Elliot to the Cowboys at 4. Dodd and Rankins both ahead of the Rams. Treadwell, Goff and Wentz off the board.

Heading into free agency, this was an automatic mock for Memphis QB Paxton Lynch.

Not so much anymore:

Reggie Ragland (ILB, Alabama)

The loss of James Laurinaitis could prompt the Rams to insert a downhill thumper with a high football IQ into the traffic-cop position.

Now on one hand, you can deride the mock since the Rams have publicly stated they're moving LB Alec Ogletree to the mike spot. On the other, that would open you up for derision for taking something Jeff Fisher said publicly as fact. There's absolutely nothing stopping the Rams from drafting Ragland and moving Tree right back on over to OLB.

I do wonder how much of James Laurinaitis' use under Jeff Fisher and Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams was due to Laurinaitis' skill set. In the last few years, we saw the Rams run much more Tampa-2 and slide JL55 deeper into the second tier. Was that a system requirement? If the Rams took Ragland, would he be asked to do the same? or were the Rams attempting to make the most of their assessment of Laurinaitis' skill set and might Ragland be asked to play tighter? Of course, the loss of FS Rodney McLeod changes things too a bit.

It's just another wrinkle in the most unpredictable Rams offseason in a long, long time.