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ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr., leads “grade A” 2019 NFL Draft class for Los Angeles Rams with offensive lineman

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Kiper weighs in with his optimal mock for the Rams.

North Carolina St. Wolfpack C Garrett Bradbury blocks Washington Huskies DT Greg Gaines during the a 2019 Senior Bowl practice, Jan. 24, 2019.
North Carolina St. Wolfpack C Garrett Bradbury blocks Washington Huskies DT Greg Gaines during the a 2019 Senior Bowl practice, Jan. 24, 2019.
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Yesterday, ESPN’s Todd McShay offered his “grade A” mock for every team in the 2019 NFL Draft. Today, it’s his colleague’s turn as Mel Kiper, Jr., drops his “grade A” mock (ESPN+ subscription required) that isn’t nearly as offensively offensive.

Here’s Kiper’s mock for the Los Angeles Rams through the first three rounds:

Round 1 (31): Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C. State Wolfpack
Round 3 (94): Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt Commodores
Round 3 (99): L.J. Collier, DE, TCU Horned Frogs

If Dexter Lawrence made it to No. 31, he’d be a great fit as the nose tackle in Wade Phillips’ defense. Since he’s not here, though, I’ll look to another potential need spot along the interior of the offensive line, where Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan are both gone from the Super Bowl runners-up. Bradbury played guard for the Wolfpack in 2016 before spending the past two seasons at center. He showed off his athletic ability at the combine, running a 4.92 40 at 306 pounds.

Williams, a legit 6-foot-4 corner, got some first-round buzz in December, but he doesn’t have great long speed. He has been passed up by a few other corners. But with the future uncertain for Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, Williams could get some playing time. There’s nothing flashy about Collier, but he can bull rush with the best in the class. He’d likely play end in Phillips’ 3-4.

Not a ton to dislike here. Bradbury makes a ton of sense. I had Williams coming one pick later in my Rams-only seven-round mock on Monday. And Collier makes sense to supplement the defensive line transition.

And it’s as good a time as any to check in on the SB Nation Mock Draft Database which still has us leading with Bradbury:

How we liking this one, Ramily?