By this time next week, NFL fans will be mulling over their favorite team’s draft haul and discussing their appreciation or disdain for the grades that it’s received. But until then, we look to the mock draft.
To be fair, it’s going to be extremely difficult to accurately predict who, and when, the Los Angeles Rams are going to select a player. For starters, they don’t have a pick until late in the third round. And Rams’ GM Les Snead isn’t known for staying put on draft day.
But a well thought out mock draft provides some insight on how the team might potentially spend their draft capital.
Over at CBS Sports, R.J. White offers this seven rounder for every NFL team, which does involve teams moving around in the draft. Let’s have a look at how he’s spending the picks for the Rams:
- 3rd (82 overall) Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB, Oklahoma
- 4th (111 overall) Micah Kiser, ILB, Virginia
- 4th (135 overall) Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
- 5th (142 overall) Scott Quessenberry, G/C, UCLA
- 6th (176 overall) Joe Ostman, OLB, Central Michigan
- 6th (194 overall) Dane Cruikshank, DB, Arizona
- 6th (195 overall) Timon Parris, OT/G, Stony Brook
- 7th (231 overall) Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado
Fearing that Okoronkwo wouldn’t drop all the way to pick 87 (the last remaining original pick for the Rams), they package 87 and 183 in order to move up and grab him.
Additionally, in this scenario, the Rams trade pick 136 to the Redskins, picking up an additional 7th round pick (231) in doing so. As a result, they drop to 142, drafting Scott Quessenberry from UCLA.
After a very busy start to the offseason, the Rams don’t have many glaring weaknesses on their roster, but edge rusher and inside linebacker are clearly the areas that have suffered the most turnover in 2018 — having lost starters Robert Quinn, Alec Ogletree, and Connor Barwin.
In your opinion, did White do a sufficient job of bolstering the Rams’ roster, given the fact that the majority of the Rams’ selections will be made on Day 3?