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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay's Three Round Mock Has LA Rams Loading Up On Offense

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Half of ESPN's NFL Draft analysis duo put up his "Grade A" mock with the Rams loading up to fix their 32nd-ranked offense. Does he have the right prospects headed to LA?

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ESPN's Todd McShay has a three round "Grade A" mock draft out today which is behind ESPN's insider paywall because evil reigns supreme.

The Grade A approach, which his foil Mel Kiper has been doing for years, is less about projecting picks with any accuracy and more trying to get the best player for each team in the mocker's opinion. Or as McShay puts it, "This isn't me projecting picks; this is me making them, for three full rounds, based on what's best for each team at that slot...It's more a look at where I see value up and down the board."

For the Rams, he kicks things off with a familiar name before pumping the offense with two more prospects in the second round with the third-round addressing the secondary:

Round 1 (15): Laquon Treadwell (WR, Ole Miss)
Round 2 (43): Christian Hackenberg (QB, Penn State)
Round 2 (45): Nick Martin (C, Notre Dame)
Round 3: (76): Daryl Worley (CB, West Virginia)

The Rams look like they hit on 2015 first-rounder Todd Gurley, but they need to continue to surround him with talent. Treadwell -- who projects as a big-bodied weapon in the short-to-intermediate passing game due to his 4.63 speed -- would complement the smaller, speedier Tavon Austin. Hackenberg's tape is up and down (his best season was as a freshman under Texans coach Bill O'Brien), but Los Angeles has no choice but to try to develop a quarterback, with the Nick Foles/Case Keenum combination yielding below-average results in 2015.

I still struggle to understand the myopia in the idea that the Rams have "no choice but to try to develop a quarterback" because of Foles and Keenum, but hey...if you really wanna act like Rams General Manager Les Snead and Head Coach Jeff Fisher haven't been around for four years, go for it.

As for the picks, it's hard to get upset with spending your first three picks when you're coming off of a season in which your offense was dead last in yardage gained. As for Hackenberg, well, I'm not going to be the guy to go out on that limb. His last two years were...woof. The real problem is that he just didn't have much applicable talent around him on the line and at WR. The question is whether or not he made the most out of that situation since he could well find himself in a similar situation in the NFL...

Overall, this is probably the direction I would go in terms of spending heavily on offense early on. Is it what I think Snisher will actually do? I'd be surprised if so.