As the draft approaches, mock drafts continue to roll on. Here’s my first version for the Los Angeles Rams. Without a first round pick, they’re obviously behind the 8-ball, which isn’t ideal, but doesn’t mean they can’t make some good selections in an effort to fix this team. Let’s get into it...
2.5 - Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
Godwin is an all-around threat the Rams are sorely lacking. He’s a true wideout in every sense of the word. Versatile, can win inside/outside, intermediate or deep, Godwin offers some of the best hands in the class and is pro-ready. He’s nothing like the Rams’ receivers of the past ten years, and hopefully the addition of Godwin and Woods starts to turn things around for the offense.
3.5 - Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
Bowser is an insane athlete. As the Rams transition to a 3-4, they’re going to need as much OLB help as possible. Connor Barwin got signed to a 1-year deal, but Bowser can be the future opposite of Robert Quinn. Bowser blew the combine up and his spider graph is insane. He’s a basketball convert and it shows on the field at 6’2”, 245-lb. frame. He’s on the raw side, but playing behind Barwin for a year allows Bowser to work his explosion and hand usage as well as technique refinement to hopefully become a complete player by the time he’s needed to start.
4.5 - Eddie Jackson, FS, Alabama
Eddie Jackson is a hell of a player, but let me explain why he may be available here. First, this safety class is so deep. That’s great for safety-needy teams, because we’ll be able to get someone. Secondly, Jackson has an injury history. When healthy, Jackson would likely be a late 1st, early 2nd round prospect in this class. He’s a do-it-all type of player. He can play single high and ball-hawk, and not only can he locate the ball, he’s got a nose for the end-zone. Secondly, he will come up and lay a hit. Jackson can roam next to Mo Alexander in the back-end.
4.35 Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
Even with the addition of Lance Dunbar, the Rams could use a real back-up RB. Gallman is a very good RB prospect. He’s unique in the sense that he’s 6’0 210 lbs, and he has an upright running style. It’s unorthodox, but it works well. He’s had plenty of college production as he has over 3,000 rushing yards and 30+ touchdowns. Gallman is a very good runner out of the shotgun, and that’s good news for McVay’s offense. He’s a tough player with excellent balance who looks to break contact and continue to churn out yardage.
5.5 - Ejuan Price, OLB, Pitt
This could be my favourite pick of the mock. Price is a 24-year old, so that hurts him. He’s also been littered with some injury issues. I believe with injury concerns, age, and being an average physical specimen, Price could be available here. Strong and twitchy, Price was a very productive player at Pitt. He had 13 sacks last year, but can also play the run well. He’ll get compared to Elvis Dumervil because he’s only 5’11” and 240 lbs, but has no shortcomings in his play. Price is ready to contribute on an NFL defense immediately, and brings big-time help to the Rams’ weakest position on the defense.
5 - Chad Williams, WR, Grambling State
I’m not sure many knew about Williams prior to the Senior Bowl, but he put on a show there. He dominated all week against the best competition. Clean releases, great speed, and deceptive routes, as well as two vice grips that ripped down everything — Williams was the talk of the week at the WR position. Williams was just recently hand-timed at his pro day at a 4.37, which is incredible. He’s a 6’2”, 195-lb. WR who had back-to-back 1,000+ yard seasons with double-digit touchdowns. If there’s any prospect to take a shot on this late, it’s the explosive Chad Williams.