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Los Angeles Rams: 2016 Mock Draft V2

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It's been a long time since my first mock draft of 2016. But, like all mock-draft-aficionados, you can only ignore the itch for so long. The Rams have been linked to all sorts of players on offense and defense. In fact, just recently our own 3k picked Mackenzie Alexander in the SBNation mock draft. While cornerback is all well and good, I have a different approach.

Just remember this is a trade free zone.

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Round 1 Pick 15

To me, Lynch is an obvious pick here. Carson Wentz and Jared Goff will both be long gone and I don't buy the Rams Case Keenum smokescreen for a second. The Rams have shown a history under Jeff Fisher of upgrading positions they say they're set at.

Sam Bradford? Zac Stacy? Tre Mason? No thanks. Bring on Nick Foles and Todd Gurley. Case might work as a backup, one of those fringe guys you can work with for a season. But Lynch has the most promise out of the QB pool this draft, even if his experience doesn't scream NFL-ready.

The offense he worked in under Memphis did him no favors, but this is a team that doesn't need to pass to win. You can't really ask for a better situation for a rookie quarterback.

Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

Round 2 Pick 43

Clark is one of many impressive defensive tackles in a loaded class. He's a former wrestler who utilizes his athletic history to get low and gain leverage on offensive linemen. He's a great bull-rush run defender who was constantly asked to take double-teams in UCLA's defense.

His versatility, youth and run stopping ability make him a great backup to Michael Brockers, who is currently in his contract year. He displays the aggressiveness and strength to be a capable pass-rushing interior lineman, but needs to improve in this regard. He's only 21, so he's got plenty of time.

Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio St.

Round 2 Pick 45

I've always been a fan of Michael Thomas. He's not your elite receiving prospect, but he's a big target with steady hands - a perfect receiver to grow with Lynch. The Rams have been looking for a dominant red-zone target for years (think Brian Quick, Kenny Britt and Jared Cook) and haven't found anyone who can take over.

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With Thomas, the team could have someone who could. He's an elusive, big receiver who can pick up those intermediate routes the Rams love to run right out-of-the-gate in his rookie year. He might not have the complete set of tools you look for, but receiving help is something the Rams should be desperate for.

Jack Allen, C, Michigan St.

Round 3 Pick 76

Allen has been a benchmark on the Spartans offensive line for four years, racking up All Big-Ten and All-American honors in the process. He's more of a traditional ground-and-pound center that doesn't have the elite athleticism or build to be much more (re: Chip Kelly wouldn't be interested).

The Rams need a bull at center, someone who can make the line calls and block until the whistle on running plays. Allen might not be anything more than a good center in the NFL, but that's something fans have been hoping to see for a long time.

Zach Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma

Round 4 Pick 110

Sanchez lacks the physical make-up that most NFL teams are looking for in corners right now. He's under 6' ft and doesn't have the physical presence to be an overwhelming defender (he'll probably struggle a bit in run coverage due to his size).

He makes up for it by being a complete ballhawk (13 INTs and 15 PDs in his last two years). He has a knack for timing routes and has shown the ability to lower the boom and make monster hits as well. His tenacity and athleticism would make him a good fit in Gregg Williams' defense.

Ka'imi Fairbairn, K, UCLA

Round 6 Pick 190

Two UCLA picks in one draft. It's hard to not get caught up in the Aguayo talk, but he's just not worth a third round pick with other kickers available. Fairbairn is near automatic on short kicks, nailing all 16 within 40 yards in 2015 and 41 straight from inside 35 yards.

He drained a 60-yard kick in 2015 and has a had a touchback rate of 70%, so he's not only about the short game. His biggest concern is his intermittent accuracy on deep field goals, but he's improved as time has gone on and is about as solid of a kicker as you'll get as a rookie.