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NFL Draft 2016: Top Targets for the Los Angeles Rams In Rounds 4-7

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If you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Rams, it couldn’t have been more exciting having the number one overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. But since the Rams selected Cal QB Jared Goff, it’s been a bit of a wait. Ok, it’s been a very long wait.

The Rams - in an effort to get Goff - handed the Titans both 2nd round picks (43 and 45 overall), as well as their 3rd rounder (pick 76), in this year’s draft. At the conclusion of Day 2, the Rams had watched 97 consecutive picks without having made their second.

The bad news is that several players they could’ve used to fill holes on their team are now off the board. The good news is that there are still plenty of solid options on Day 3, where the Rams are slated to have four picks:

Round 4 (110 overall)
Round 4 (113 overall - via Titans)
Round 6 (177 overall - via Titans)
Round 6 (190 overall)

Below are the Top 5 remaining players at each position (from SB Nation’s draft aficionado Dan Kadar) for the third and final day (which kicks off at noon ET) of the Draft. To the right of each player’s name is Kadar’s overall ranking.

The team’s (remaining) needs, in no particular order: WR, TE, C, CB, FS

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Quarterback

  1. Connor Cook, Michigan St. (56)
  2. Cardale Jones, Ohio St. (153)
  3. Dak Prescott, Mississippi (169)
  4. Kevin Hogan, Stanford (174)
  5. Brandon Allen, Arkansas (190)

Running Back

  1. Alex Collins, Arkansas (57)
  2. Paul Perkins, UCLA (72)
  3. Jonathan Williams, Arkansas (76)
  4. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech (78)
  5. Devontae Booker, Utah (81)

Wide Receiver

  1. Rashard Higgins, Colorado St. (60)
  2. Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina (80)
  3. Charone Peake, Clemson (85)
  4. Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (91)
  5. Kenny Lawler, Cal (109)

Tight End

  1. Jerell Adams, South Carolina (106)
  2. Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky (121)
  3. Beau Sandland, Montana St. (133)
  4. Bryce Williams, East Carolina (159)
  5. Henry Krieger Coble, Iowa (216)

Offensive Tackle

  1. Vadal Alexander, LSU (90)
  2. Spencer Drango, Baylor (105)
  3. Jerald Hawkins, LSU (119)
  4. Kyle Murphy, Standford (120)
  5. Joe Dahl, Washington St. (124)

Guard

  1. Christian Westerman, ASU (86)
  2. Landon Turner, UNC (103)
  3. Denver Kirkland, Arkansas (114)
  4. Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas (125)
  5. Connor McGovern, Missouri (127)

Center

  1. Jack Allen, Michigan St. (117)
  2. Evan Boehm, Missouri (154)
  3. Kyle Friend, Temple (218)
  4. Mike Matthews, Texas A&M (227)
  5. Matt Skura, Duke (293)

Defensive Tackle

  1. Andrew Billings, Baylor (44)
  2. Sheldon Day, Notre Dame (83)
  3. Hassan Ridgeway, Texas (99)
  4. D.J. Reader, Clemson (110)
  5. Anthony Zettel, Penn St. (132)

Defensive End

  1. Shawn Oakman, Baylor (113)
  2. Ronald Blair, Appalachian St. (116)
  3. Charles Tapper, Oklahoma (143)
  4. Alex McCalister, Florida (147)
  5. Ron Thompson, Syracuse (155)

Outside Linebacker

  1. Joshua Perry, Ohio St. (41)
  2. Joe Schobert, Wisconsin (89)
  3. Jatavis Brown, Akron (94)
  4. Travis Feeney, Washington (165)
  5. Stephen Weatherly, Vanderbilt (167)

Middle Linebacker

  1. Kentrell Brothers, Missouri (65)
  2. Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma (96)
  3. Nick Kwiatoski, West Virginia (112)
  4. Tyler Matakevich, Temple (136)
  5. Antonio Morrison, Florida (142)

Cornerback

  1. Zach Sanchez, Oklahoma (126)
  2. Eric Murray, Minnesota (128)
  3. Maurice Canady, Virginia (164)
  4. Jonathan Jones, Auburn (172)
  5. Harlan Miller, SE Louisiana St. (183)

Safety

  1. Jeremy Cash, Duke (71)
  2. KJ Dillon, West Virginia (111)
  3. Jalen Mills, LSU (131)
  4. Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah (137)
  5. Tyvis Powell, Ohio St. (156)
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Players the Rams have met with:  Brandon Allen (Senior Bowl), Jack Allen (Senior Bowl), Jatavis Brown (Private visit), Henry Krieger Coble (Private visit), Connor Cook (Pro Day), Kenneth Dixon (Private workout), Shawn Oakman (Senior Bowl)

A few thoughts...

*  The Rams need to provide Goff with some weapons on offense. They could potentially do that in Round 4 by landing him a pass-catching TE like Jerell Adams or Tyler Higbee, or maybe nabbing fellow Cal WR Kenny Lawler.

*  The Rams aren’t likely to address the offensive line, but there are too many good defensive lineman to not entice Jeff Fisher. If the Rams look to go BPA, don't be surprised if they grab a defensive tackle or defensive end early on Saturday.

*  Taking a running back would be a relatively unpopular move, but there are several very good running backs that would make great complimentary pieces, to Todd Gurley, that’ll be available in the middle of the 4th round.

*  There are several intriguing QB prospects that’ve slid into Day 3, but given their needs (and their investment in Goff), it’s unlikely they go after one.

*  Center is the shakiest position on the Rams’ offensive line. Michigan State’s Jack Allen is one of the few centers the team chose to meet with pre-draft, and could be a solid, long-term addition to the Rams’ offensive line.

*  The Rams aren’t shy about moving up to get their guy. But they may also be in favor of moving back a few spots if it affords them another late round pick or two.

*  Rams’ GM Les Snead said "at least five" teams have inquired about a possible trade for Nick Foles. It’s hard to imagine them getting anything more than a 7th rounder. But today could be the day he’s dealt.