The Los Angeles Rams made a bold move on Thursday, trading up to the No. 1 overall spot in the 2016 NFL Draft. What they’ll do with the pick remains to be seen. But, in the meantime, we mock.
One would assume the Rams traded away a slew of picks to move up in order to take the Draft’s best quarterback; whether it be Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. But with Jeff Fisher, nothing is certain. The Rams have made it clear they draft the best player available on their board. Is that a QB in 2016? We’ll see in just under two weeks.
For now, here’s one way they could use five picks...
1.1 Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Many sources with insider info are saying the Rams covet the North Dakota State QB, and having made the bold move up to the No. 1 overall spot, one would have to think that’s the pick.
4.12 Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
The Rams gave the "big leg" thing a try for a few years, but it’s time to part ways with Greg Zuerlein and lean a little more on accuracy going forward. Aguayo, a three time All-American, is an accurate, clutch kicker, and the Rams use theirs far too often not to convert.
4.15 Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky
A recent arrest, for assault and evading police, is certainly going to hit Higbee in the wallet in the upcoming draft. But the Rams need help at tight end in a big way, and his value exceeds 4th round draft status. Giving Wentz an athletic, pass-catching TE would be a wise move...especially when touchdown celebrations are helping you forget a bar fight ever occurred. For what it’s worth, Higbee will plead not guilty in his hearing on May 5, which occurs after the draft.
6.2 Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State
Long gone are the days of hoping the Rams would double up on receivers in the 2nd round; where there certainly would’ve been several there for the taking at picks 43 and 45. Tavon Austin is a viable starter, but the Rams need weapons outside of Kenny Britt and Brian Quick. Burbridge, who lead the Big 10 in receptions and receiving yards in 2015, would be a welcomed-late round addition, and a much-needed weapon for the Rams’ new franchise QB.
6.15 Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois
Given the results the Rams got from UDFA Rodney McLeod, the team will be in no hurry to draft a free safety early in the draft. But with McLeod gone, the team does need to add depth at the position. Fejedelem, who the Rams met with at the East-West Shrine game, is hard-hitting, sure-tackling safety who would also make a very solid addition to the special teams unit.