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2016 NFL Draft: Seven Round Mock Draft 2.0

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TRAAAAAADESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's about to go DOWWWWWNNNN.....

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

So after some careful consideration, I have decided to not wait until my mock draft 3.0 to being posting trades. Simply put, I believe there's no way the Rams end this draft without moving twice. Whether those moves are up or down the draft board, everything in my gut says it will happen. So I decided to do a mock with them moving down, and another moving up.

Round one for all 32 teams...

Round/Pick

Team

Player

Position

School

Ht/Wt

1--1

Titans

Laremy Tunsil

OT

Ole Miss

6'5" 310

1--2

Browns

Carson Wentz

QB

North Dakota St.

6'5" 237

1--3

Chargers

Ronnie Stanley

OT

Notre Dame

6'6" 312

1--4

Cowboys

Jalen Ramsey

DB

Florida St.

6'1" 209

1--5

Jaguars

Myles Jack

LB

UCLA

6'1" 245

1--6

Falcons

Joey Bosa

DE

Ohio St

6'5" 269

1--7

49ers

Vernon Hargreaves

CB

Florida

5'10" 204

1--8

Eagles

Laquon Treadwell

WR

Ole MIss

6'2" 221

1--9

Bucs

Mackensie Alexander

CB

Clemson

5'10" 195

1--10

Giants

Ezekiel Elliott

RB

Ohio St.

6' 225

1--11

Jets

Jared Goff

QB

Cal

6'4" 215

1--12

Saints

Andrew Billings

NT

Baylor

6'1" 311

1--13

Dolphins

DeForest Buckner

DL

Oregon

6'7" 291

1--14

Raiders

William Jackson

CB

Houston

5'11" 186

1--15

Bengals

Corey Coleman

WR

Baylor

5'10" 195

1--16

Lions

Taylor Decker

OT

Ohio St.

6'7" 310

1--17

Ravens

Josh Doctson

WR

TCU

6'2" 202

1--18

Colts

Sheldon Rankins

DL

Louisville

6'1" 299

1--19

Bills

Darron Lee

LB

Ohio St.

6'1" 232

1--20

Bears

Leonard Floyd

OLB

Georgia

6'6" 244

1--21

Redskins

A'Shawn Robinson

DE

Alabama

6'4" 307

1--22

Texans

Jack Conklin

OT

Michigan St

6'6" 307

1--23

Broncos

Paxton Lynch

QB

Memphis

6'7" 244

1--24

Rams

Emmanuel Ogbah

DE

Oklahoma St.

6'4" 274

1--25

Steelers

Eli Apple

CB

Ohio St.

6'1" 199

1--26

Seahawks

Jason Springs

OT

Indiana

6'6" 301

1--27

Packers

Reggie Ragland

LB

Alabama

6'1" 247

1--28

Chiefs

Noah Spence

OLB

Eastern Kentucky

6'2" 251

1--29

Cardinals

Cody Whitehair

OG

Kansas St.

6'4" 301

1--30

Panthers

Tyler Boyd

WR

Pittsburgh

6'1" 197

1--31

Vikings

Jarran Reed

DT

Alabama

6'3" 307

The Rams rounds 2-7...

Rd/Pick

Player

Position

School

Ht/Wt

2--43

Michael Thomas

WR

Ohio St.

6'3" 212

2--45

Karl Joseph

FS

West Virginia

5'10" 205

2--55

Xavien Howard

CB

Baylor

6'1" 200

3--76

Braxton Miller

WR

Ohio St.

6'1" 205

4--110

Jaylon Smith

OLB

Notre Dame

6'2" 240

5--161

Tyler Higbee

TE

Western Kentucky

6'5" 250

6--190

Kaimi Fairbairn

K

UCLA

6' 185

THE TRADES

Falcons--Ravens: The Falcons are no strangers to making huge jumps in the draft. They have made several of these jumps over the last five drafts. If they need a position and they believe a player is available in the draft that can fill that need, they are more than willing to make a jump to go get that player. On the other hand, the Ravens have a reputation of not being afraid to move down the board. The Ravens would receive a first and second this year, and a first next year.

Broncos--Vikings: It's no secret that the Broncos quickly went from a solid -- to strong -- QB situation, to the worst. Yes, even worst than the Rams. In this scenario the Broncos move ahead of the Rams to assure that they get one of the top three QB's in the draft, with the obvious knowledge that the Rams could be eyeing the same player. The Vikings receive a first, fourth, and fifth round pick.

Rams--Bengals: Rams trade down from 15 with the Bengals at 24. This move makes sense for both teams as the players at  the top two needs for the Rams -- QB and WR, respectively -- are gone, and they need more draft capital. Meanwhile, the Bengals need more explosion on offense after losing their second and third receivers. The Rams get a first, second, and fifth round pick to drop 10 slots in the first.

Jets--Bears: As it stands now, the Jets could use a QB. With each passing day, it seems more and more likely that Ryan Fitzpatrick will not cave, and if this saga makes it to the draft, The Jets will likely look to draft a QB early and allow that pick, Geno Smith and Bryce Petty battle it out. The Bears receive a first third and fourth round pick, but give the Jets a sixth round pick with pick 11.

THE PICKS

Surprise surprise, the Rams go defense with their first pick. However, this pick does make some sense. While Chris Long is now a Patriot, and William Hayes was resigned, Hayes is on the wrong side of 30. He only has a few years left. The Rams most likely would like to maintain their depth. Emmanuel Ogbah is one of the most underrated players in this draft. A true defensive end, with equal pass rush and run defensive skills, Ogbah should thrive on a line that includes Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald hogging all of the opponents offensive line's attention.

The Rams have to address the receiver position. Kenny Britt is entering the final year of his contract, no one really knows what's going happen with Stedman Bailey -- though I strongly believe he will be back -- and Brian Quick being brought back was surprising to virtually everyone. And that's not because he has played so well resigning him would be difficult. Michael Thomas is a really solid receiver, with good hands and quality route running. But what makes him special is his YAC ability. He makes plays with the ball in his hands. It's exciting because he's the size of Kenny Britt, but a much better open field runner.

Karl Joseph will fill the need of center fielder and enforcer the Rams currently have at free safety. Joseph is a day one, plug and play player, which is exactly what the Rams need if they want to maintain their progress in the secondary which was made last season. For the Rams, I think they have made it quite clear that if a player has displayed extreme ability and production, they are more than willing to use a draft pick on him, even when coming off a severe injury. And due to recent success, they may very well be more than  willing to take that risk again.

Getting more corner back help has to be on the Rams agenda. I cannot stress enough how tricky foot injuries are. There is no guarantee E.J. Gaines comes back in full rookie form. Lamarcus Joyner has not shown the ability to play on the outside, though he has made massive strides on the inside. Coty Sensabaugh was just a, meh, signing. Marcus Roberson, has been okay when given opportunities, but still looks far from ready to take on a bigger role. And the Rams technically only have Trumaine Johnson signed for one more year. There's no guarantee they get him signed, as this was the scenario with Janoris Jenkins last season all the way up to his departure. Xavien Howard is one of the more underrated corners in this draft. He brings size, toughness, and great ball skills.

Another shocker here, the Rams go with another receiver. Braxton Miller has as much talent as any receiver in this draft class. Yes, he can become a go to receiver. His hands are highly impressive and he makes some really tough catches look easy. He's just a natural. Though he only has about 600 plays worth of game experience running routes, I believe if he split his career with two years at quarterback, and two years at receiver, he could be talked about as a first round pick. He's like lightening in a bottle, and the Rams definitely need to score more points, and Miller is a guy that can do that. With his work ethic and leadership, he has all the signs that says he could be a quick study.

Stop the presses, the Rams are full of surprises in this draft. Jaylon Smith is arguably the best player in this draft, and virtually a guaranteed top five player on everyone's boards. But news that he suffered nerve damage, and his rehab was moving slower than expected has killed his draft stock. Is it a lock he's available here? No. But it's also not a lock that he gets drafted at all. His situation is different from Myles Jack, or even Todd Gurley. Those players didn't have alleged nerve damage in their recovery. And their recoveries went about as smooth as possible. After watching Marcus Lattimore go from a possible first round pick to a fourth rounder, and not even get through one single practice in two years, teams might be scared off. In this scenario, the Rams roll the dice. If they hit, they will have the fastest and baddest linebacker core in the NFL bar none...

The Rams have to find another tight end in the draft. They're a team that likes to use multiple tight end packages in both the pass and run game, and right now, they only have one legit option at the position in Lance Kendricks. It really does surprise me that more people are not talking about Tyler Higbee. He is a legitimate weapon in the pass game, and gives high effort in the run game. The former wide receiver runs good routes, does an excellent job finding the hole in zones, catches the ball effortlessly, and pulls the ball in through traffic as well as any player in the draft. He has Jason Witten potential, as a consistent player, who quietly produces. His physique makes him stand out like a sore thumb on tape as he is every bit of that 6'5" 250.

Well the Rams have to get a kicker in, and there's no if, and, or but's about it. Greg Zuerlien has a strong leg no doubt about it, but so does this kid. Kaimi Fairbairn might not have the ability to hit a 70 yard field goal when hit just right -- no hyperbole here, GZ has legit 70 yard range in that leg -- but he can squeeze a 65 yarder in there, and that's more than enough. His career long is 60, and it had room to spare. But teams don't typically kick 15, 60 yard field goals a season. Hell, teams don't even kick ten 50 yard field goals a season. John Christian Ka'iminoeauloameka'ikeokekumupa'a Fairbairn (his full name, no b.s.) has more than enough leg, but he also has displayed legit accuracy on his longer kicks. He has shown consistent improvement on his kicks from year to year, and will likely be more than welcomed by Rams special teams coach John "Bones" Fassel.