We’ve made it. We’re now just one sleep away from the kickoff of the 2019 NFL Draft, and that means my final mock draft of the season comes at you today.
It’ll be hard to project what the Los Angeles Rams might plan to do, so that’s not what I’m attempting here, I’ve already attempted that in the past. This mock will simply be a “what I’d do” if I were the General Manager situation.
With that being said, let’s jump into it.
Here are the current picks the Rams own in the draft:
2019 NFL Draft LA Rams Order
|2||61||29||Via Chiefs||Taylor Rapp||S||Washington|
|3||70||6||Via Buccaneers||Darrell Henderson||RB||Memphis|
|3||79||15||Via Falcons||David Long||CB||Michigan|
|3||97||33||Via Patriots||Bobby Evans||OL||Oklahoma|
|4||134||32||Via Patriots||Greg Gaines||DT||Washington|
|5||169||31||Rams pick||David Edwards||OT||Wisconsin|
|7||243||29||Via Patriots||Nick Scott||S||Penn State|
|7||251||37||Comp pick||Dakota Allen||LB||Texas Tech|
TRADE: The Los Angeles Rams trade pick #31 (first-rounder) to the Indianapolis Colts for pick #34 (second-rounder) and pick #130 (fourth-rounder).
2.34 - Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M Aggies
The Rams go out and ensure there isn’t any dropoff when it comes to the offensive line. McCoy is a stud who fits the zone blocking scheme perfectly. McCoy’s skill-set and talent allows him to be a day one starter at the NFL level. His anchor and ability to climb to the second level prove he’s a perfect fit at center for Run Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Aaron Kromer.
3.94 - Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan Chippewas
If you’re looking for a press-man corner who bullies wide receivers at the line of scrimmage, Bunting is your guy. Luckily for Bunting, he wont be pressed into starting duty, though he will get to learn behind one of the best cornerbacks of the past decade in Aqib Talib. Bunting is a high IQ player with ball skills, strong jam skills, the ability to cover receivers effectively, and knows how to use the sidelines effectively.
3.99 - Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida Gators
A lot of people soured on Polite quite quickly after his awful combine performance. First, apparently his interviews went bad. Second, he ran a slow forty at 4.84. Third, he reportedly “faked” an injury and missed the remaining drills. Well, even with all that being said, he’s a fantastic football player. Matter of fact, the bad combine is going to prove to be a blessing in disguise because it’s not often you get such a quality pass rusher this late in the draft, though the Rams could have a shot at Polite because of the combine fiasco. Not only that, but Polite mentioned that the Rams were by far his best interview.
4.130 - Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami Hurricanes
Awesome tackler and very physical player who makes sure ball carriers feel him. Versatility allowed him to play nickel, cover-2, single-high, sub-package LB, and in the box as a strong safety. Excellent at chasing down ball carriers and securing tackles. Just has a nose for the football. Takes solid angles to track down ball carriers. Would love to see more consistency in coverage, generally allowed easy completions on slants though his quick breaks on the ball and physicality allowed him to jar some catches loose. Can blitz. Has ball skills.
4.133 - Bobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma Sooners
Evans is an experienced college tackle who played on both sides of the offensive line. His size may force him inside in the NFL, but regardless, he’s a strong offensive lineman who possesses a nasty attitude with the ability to finish blocks. Evans would be another fun project for Aaron Kromer to work with.
5.169 - Gary Johnson, ILB, Texas Longhorns
Johnson is an extremely fast and productive linebacker who has the versatility to play the run and blitz just as effectively. Johnson moves at a different speed than everyone else on the field, making himself useful as a depth player and a special teams weapon right out of the gate.
6.203 - Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M Aggies
Daylon Mack is exactly the type of player you want at this stage in the draft. He’s limited as he’s not a great athlete nor does he offer a ton of pass rush juice, but he’s a quality run-stuffing defensive tackle who can operate in multiple spots on the defensive line. Mack’s go-to move as a pass-rusher is the bull-rush which can effectively push offensive lineman into the quarterbacks lap. Against the run, he’s a load to move and routinely uses his hands effectively. He’s strong at the point-of-attack and he can stack-and-shed effectively. Mack would be a great option to help stop the run and occasionally rush the passer.
7.245 - Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington Huskies
Whether or not the Rams decide to take an RB in this draft, it’d likely make sense to throw a dart on the board with a late pick. Gaskin was a highly productive college player who possesses quick feet and elusiveness in the open field to create his own yardage. Can’t complain with a guy who has an NFL role with this pick.