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2016 NFL Draft: Los Angeles Rams Draft Prospects...Plus A Friend

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Heading into their 5th draft in charge of the Rams organization, Les Snead and Jeff Fisher have drafted a pair of teammates in the same draft twice. Will they draft another pair in 2016?

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Sometimes it can be pure coincidence that a team drafts two different players that come from the same college team. Other times a team will draft the second player in hopes of bringing along some familiarity for the first guy so each player can grow.The most recent high profile case of this involving a QB is when the Colts drafted Stanford QB Andrew Luck and TE Coby Fleener with their first two picks of the 2012 draft.

The Rams haven't done any pairing with any QBs they've drafted since 2012 but they did draft former West Virginia WR stars Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey in the 2013 draft in hopes they would become the dynamic WR duo the Rams needed. The very next year the Rams went back into pairing mode when they selected two members of Auburn's potent rushing attack in LT Greg Robinson and RB Tre Mason.

You may have heard that the Rams will likely be taking a QB first overall in the 2016 draft after trading up from their original selection at 15th overall. In the recent days leading up to the draft there are growing rumblings that the QB they take will be Jared Goff out of California. Luckily for the Rams, there are a few other Cal players that are possible draft picks who also play on offense. If they feel like giving the potential Rams franchise QB some familiar weapons, here are three options the Rams could pursue with their late round picks:

Kenny Lawler (WR, Cal)

Lawler has shown ability to leap and play big even though he is on the skinnier side. He was Goff's favorite go to receiver while at Cal and could be that potential possession WR that the Rams hoped Brian Quick could be. He is not a burner but has shown solid hands and just might make it to the Rams 4th range. If Goff is the pick and Rams prioritize making him comfortable, Lawler would make the most sense and is more than likely the first of the Goff supporting cast that comes off the board. Scouting report here.

Stephen Anderson (TE, Cal)


Anderson started out at Cal as a walk-on and eventually carved out a role in his last two years. He is more of a WR/TE tweener but was a reliable option for Goff. He is definitely not a blocking TE due to his size and won't burn by many defenders but he does move smoothly and get open. The Rams could use TE help and if Anderson can put on some size he could be an option later on. He most definitely should be available in the 4th round and perhaps even the 6th. Scouting report here.

Daniel Lasco (RB, Cal)

Was highly productive in 2014 while almost totaling 1500 yards total offense with 12 scores but battled injuries in 2015. Not a small back but not bruising either. Has a little bit of wiggle to go along with decent speed. Likely won't be anything more than a wrinkle player in Rams offense and RB situation but could have his biggest impact on special teams coverage units. He almost surely be there in the 6th round and could possibly be an UDFA target. Scouting report here.

So there are three Cal players that could possibly join Jared Goff with the Rams. Right now only Lawler can project as being a solid contributor to the offense with the others being dubbed as likely role players with Anderson potentially turning into a receiving threat. The Rams have drafted teammates before and embraced the feel good story that comes with it. If the Rams are drafting teammates again in 2016, I wouldn't be surprised if it's any one of these three.