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Random Ramsdom, 1/28: Mel Kiper’s first mock draft of 2020

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his first mock draft of 2020 this week, but because the LA Rams do not have a first rounder, I have not posted anything about it yet. The Rams links post seems like a good place to begin skimming the list though and seeing how it applies to LA.

For instance, Kiper has the NFC West picks as: Cardinals selecting offensive tackle Andrew Thomas out of Georgia, Seahawks selecting linebacker Zack Baun out of Wisconsin, and the 49ers selecting safety Grant Delpit out of LSU. Last year, the division saw the top two picks in the draft head to the NFC West, that being Kyler Murray in Arizona and Nick Bosa in San Francisco, with the latter about to play in his first Super Bowl.

This year, the Cards have the highest pick at seven, while the other two teams are set to pick at the bottom of round one.

Meanwhile, the pick that the Rams sent to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Jalen Ramsey is 20th overall, and Kiper has the Jags taking tight end Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame. It would be a bridge too far for me to list every prospect who was available at 20, and potentially unnecessarily painful as a reminder that Los Angeles is out of the first round again. But the good news is ... Jalen Ramsey.

Onto some more links.

Rams players pay tribute to Kobe Bryant - Rams.com

Whether you live in Los Angeles, are a sports fan or simply just yell “KOBE!” when throwing something in the trash, the world felt the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the other passengers on board on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Rams took to social media to share their shock and grief for the Los Angeles legend and his family. And, of course, how the Mamba Mentality influenced them on and off the court.

LA Rams 2020 NFL Draft strategy = Quantity over quality - Ramblin’ Fan

LA Rams fans are part of the NFL fanbase. Fans of each NFL team are programmed to anticipate the best case scenario for virtually each round one NFL Draft selection. Let’s face it, the NFL markets the NFL in such a way that last place teams aspire to Super Bowl competition the following year. And the NFL generates an occasional case study to prove it – such as the 2019 San Francisco 49ers.

Former Rams players on XFL rosters - RamsWire

The eight rosters were officially announced recently and there are a handful of players with ties to the Rams – either having played for them in the regular season or spending time on the practice squad or offseason roster.

Here are the most notable players with Rams connections who are on XFL rosters.

RB Lance Dunbar, Dallas Renegades

OT Pace Murphy, Dallas Renegades

LB Tegray Scales, Dallas Renegades

WR Nelson Spruce, Los Angeles Wildcats

DT Boogie Roberts, Los Angeles Wildcats

QB Luis Perez, New York Guardians

RB Matthew Colburn, New York Guardians

WR Austin Proehl, Seattle Dragons

OT Michael Dunn, Seattle Dragons

OT Isaiah Battle, Seattle Dragons

RB Lenard Tillery, St. Louis Battlehawks

3 Free Agent targets Rams must consider to fix run defense - Ramblin’ Fan

The Philadelphia Eagles loved the play of defensive lineman Tim Jernigan. Despite his injury history, the defense is significantly more effective when he is among the rotation for defensive linemen. A modestly priced defensive lineman in 2019, his $1,625,000 salary would be ideal for the LA Rams current salary cap constraints.

5 Rams stories from last week for Cardinals fans to know - CardsWire

Could the Rams push to keep Dante Fowler over Cory Littleton? The Rams have some key free agents on defense this year. Two are inside linebacker Cory Littleton and pass rusher Dante Fowler.

All those losses in 2018 grizzled 49ers for big year in ‘19 - Regina Leader-Post

Can offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey wrap his head around the San Francisco 49ers’ incredible one-year turnaround, from 4-12 doormat to 15-3 Super Bowl participant?

“Yeah, I can absolutely wrap my head around that,” McGlinchey said in the locker room following the Niners’ dominating performance a week ago Sunday, in defeating the Green Bay Packers 37-20 for the NFC championship.

Why?

Because, San Francisco’s starting right offensive tackle said, you could see it coming a year ago.

Raheem Mostert has constant reminder of difficult past - PFT

In a detailed look at his poignant backstory by Tyler Dunne of BleacherReport.com, the 49ers running back went through some of the details of Mostert’s difficult upbringing in Florida, including never knowing his own father, and an accidental shooting that cost him part of his own left big toe.

Super Bowl LIV Hack: NFL, Chiefs And 49ers Accounts Compromised - Forbes

The official social media accounts, including those on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, of 15 National Football League (NFL) teams, and the NFL itself, have been hacked. As well as the two teams that will play in the Super Bowl LIV Championship match on February 2, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, a total of 13 other NFL teams were targeted.