At the midway point of the 2017 NFL season, vying for their first potential playoff berth since 2004, fans of the Los Angeles Rams can turn their away from this Sunday’s road test against the Giants and focus on more important matters — like the 2018 NFL Draft.
If you’ll recall earlier this year, prior to the onset of the regular season, Eric Galko (of Sporting News) fired off his initial, though highly accurate, 2018 mock draft. The Rams, a car once fueled with the refuse from Marty McFly’s trash can, weren’t quite the well oiled machine they are today. Picking fifth overall (!) at the time, the Rams chose to get some pass rush help — taking N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb.
But times have changed. And Sean McVay’s Rams are operating like a DeLorean on high octane, in prime position to put the flux capacitor to the test! Galko revisited his 2018 draft prognostications on Thursday, this time bumping the Rams down a few spots...
25. Los Angeles Rams: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
A breakout star for a Colorado team that has surprisingly put multiple defensive backs in the NFL, Oliver has emerged as one of the few defensive backs worth a first-round pick this year. After letting Janoris Jenkins walk and not locking up Trumaine Johnson long-term, it’s clear the Rams will need cornerback help.
GREAT SCOTT! You don’t need to be Emmett Brown to see that the Rams have improved over the course of these last two months, and now find themselves in prime position to make an appearance in the postseason (they’re picking AFTER the Seahawks (24th), mind you). This time, however, Galko sees the Rams addressing the secondary. Both (DE and CB) will be needs next offseason, so we’ll just have to trust Galko’s accuracy here and plan on cornerback being the pick next April.
All credit goes to McVay, his staff, and the culture change they’ve provided in such a short amount of time. If they’ve proven anything, it’s that it don’t take money...it don’t take fame. You don’t no credit card to ride this train. It’s strong. It’s sudden. It can be cruel sometimes. But it might just save your life.
“It’s the power of We Not Me. - Huey Lewis (maybe)” - Brandon Bate (definitely)