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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Consensus builds as Rams strengthen secondary

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The Rams secondary could be very, very thin after this season concludes. Here’s one option the Rams have if they want to solidify that situation via the 2018 NFL draft.

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Now that the 2017 holiday season has officially passed, it’s time for the (next) most wonderful time of the year - mock draft season!

Obviously the Los Angeles Rams are focused on their wild card matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, but the scouting department is heading into the juiciest part of their schedule.

While 20 of 32 positions have been set in stone, the playoffs will determine the order for the remaining 12 teams. A little sub-plot of mock drafts I enjoy is the under the radar playoff projections that are innately tied to draft order.

In Dan Kadar’s latest mock draft over at Mocking the Draft, he’s predicting the Minnesota Vikings beating the New England Patriots in what would be the first occasion of a team playing in a Super Bowl held in their own stadium.

The Rams come in at 26th, meaning that Kadar has them losing in the divisional round.

But I digress....

26. Los Angeles Rams: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

Depending on what happens after the season, the Rams could be in the market for a cornerback. Jackson had a breakout season in 2017, and many consider him to be one of the 20 best players in the draft.

Jackson is the third defensive back off the board and certainly fits a need for the Rams. Kayvon Webster’s status early next season is in doubt due to his Achilles injury and Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman are both pending free agents - as is Lamarcus Joyner.

The cap will play a lot into this decision as well as the Rams currently have $51M in cap space. That can be bumped up to $65M by cutting Robert Quinn and Tavon Austin, but the Rams also have a laundry list of players needing extensions. Aaron Donald, Sammy Watkins, and John Sullivan join Tru, NRC, and Joyner in that category. That’s a lot of dough to dish out.

As it stands, the majority of the pending free agents are in the secondary, so that’s where the pick falls. If the Rams can avoid the “Priority A” disaster of a few years ago, this may change.