So we’re about at the midpoint of the 2018 college football season and therefore halfway through the last season for the class coming into the 2019 NFL Draft.
This week, let’s look at things position-by-position and how the Los Angeles Rams could be looking at things.
So with Jared Goff, obviously a QB is off the table until Day 3. How early is too early for a backup QB? Bear in mind, current backup QB Sean Mannion was a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Would a third-round pick next year be too expensive? Perhaps for some, not so for others... That being said, take the top prospects out of the billing for the Rams. They’ll be positioned as potential starters for QB1-needy teams and then situational QB2s for teams with a less solid QB1 situation as the Rams’.
Instead, look at someone like Michigan St. QB Brian Lewerke in action against the #8 Penn St. Nittany Lions in the midday goings with PSU QB Trace McSorley an even deeper option. Another fun scout watch? Iowa St. QB Kyle Kempt hosting the #6 West Virginia Mountaineers and QB Will Grier.
Can we just stop for a bit?
The Rams have taken six running backs in the last seven drafts. We have Todd Gurley. We have John Kelly who despite looking very strong in the preseason has been relegated to the deep backend of the 53-man roster. So now that we’ve locked up JTG for the long-term future, can we uh...just skip this?
If I had to throw a name out there, check out Memphis Tigers RB Darrell Henderson on ESPN2/ABC against the UCF Knights in a rematch of last year’s INCREDIBLE American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game that ended 62-55 in double OT. Henderson is a Zac Stacy clone, so he’s destined to be a Day 3 pick that makes some fanbase happy providing capable talent on the cheap.
While a bit different of a situation than running back for its low position value, the Rams are still operating with a full cupboard at WR. Day 3 options then?
Could the Rams be interested in smaller options for situational usage? Ohio State Buckeyes WR Johnnie Dixon would be a fair candidate as tOSU hosts Minnesota. Maybe check back later in the season when Urban Meyer’s guys have some tougher competition.
Otherwise, this seems like deep roster prodding. Maybe MSU WR Felton Davis III if you’re checking out that Big Ten matchup.
I dunno what to make of the tight end position as a draft need. The Rams have second-year, second-round 2017 NFL Draft pick Gerald Everett and 2016 NFL Draft fourth-round pick Tyler Higbee manning things.
Should we consider a first-round pick to be in play late in the round? Perhaps, right?
It’s the tight end position, so it’s not going to offer a ton of talent into Round 1. Iowa TE Noah Fant is probably the top prospect and maybe carrying stock into the non-playoff picks. After that...take your pick. In fact, let’s table this and re-visit it in a couple of weeks.
Go to town. You could scout any position with sincerity outside of right tackle.
I’ll just point to the evening game between the #15 Wisconsin Badgers and #12 Michigan Wolverines. Scout both lines. And if you’re getting wacky, get a look at both QBs too. Yes, Michigan QB Shea Patterson carries more hype, but Alex Hornibrook would be a low buy option that could bring just as much as Mannion to the table for way less.
This one’s a little hard to parse. Rams Defensive Coordinator likes to move his linemen all over the place (Oh look, there’s Ndamukong Suh playing right next to a cornerback!). And with Suh gone next year and Michael Brockers perhaps moving on after next year, some Day 3 action could be in order. Of course, the Rams began prepping for that adding John Franklin-Myers and Sebastian Joseph-Day , so perhaps we’re good here for a season.
Obviously we’re not angling for Houston Cougars DL Ed Oliver or anything at the top of the draft, but maybe Rams GM Les Snead plays BPA for someone on Day 3. I mentioned the Wisconsin game. Maybe get a look at Olive Sagapolu? He’s a big, big dude with strange, strange agility for his size:
Saw some pretty impressive dance moves last night.— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 13, 2017
...but Olive Sagapolu may have stolen the show. pic.twitter.com/hwuPltawvy
Now we’re talking.
This is another one we should probably table until we can do a deep dive on its own especially because some clear Round 1 options aren’t in action.
At this point, I’ll leave it to a scouting question for us to check out tonight. Is Oregon EDGE Jalen Jelks a prospect who will be gone before the third round? I don’t mean to ask that for reactions to his game tonight. A three-sack game doesn’t make him a first-round prospect nor does a bad game relegate him to deep Day 3 status. I just wonder if he’s the kind of guy who could be in play for the Rams as a rookie starting Week 1 next year.
Ugh. Give me #13 LSU LB Devin White and be done with it.
He’ll be gone before we pick, so please just put him outside the NFC West. Get a look in at him as the Tigers host the #2 Georgia Bulldogs in a wonderful SEC contest today.
Outside of Devin...nope. Can’t do it. Not yet.
Miss you already, Dev.
Fun consideration here. The Marcus Peters-Aqib Talib pairing expires after next season as things stand.
Think about it like this.
If Georgia CB Deandre Baker is there when the Rams pick in Round 1, he has to be an option. And if that’s the case, the door’s open for the CB depth chart at any point.
This certainly is in the works with Lamarcus Joyner’s franchise tag expiring.
I’m inclined to throw this in with ILB and EDGE for deeper observation (and perhaps with CB and TE too).
USC fans will stan for Marvell Tell III and rightfully so.
Washington S Taylor Rapp is legit too.
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