Anthony Treash over at Pro Football Focus put out an interesting piece recently where he laid-out the “best-case scenario” for each of the 32 NFL teams during this year’s NFL Draft. Even without a first-round pick, the Rams are in a good spot to get a really good player at a position of need with the 52nd pick.
Treash believes the best-case scenario for the Rams would be for former Michigan center Cesar Ruiz to fall out of the first round and all the way to the Rams in the middle of the second.
Per Treash: “The Rams desperately need help on the interior of the offensive line, especially at center where they combined to produce the third-lowest pass-block grade in the NFL. While they might not own a first-round pick, they may get lucky and have the best center available to them 52nd overall in Cesar Ruiz. At just 20 years old, Ruiz posted the second-highest pass-block grade among all FBS centers. His run-blocking isn’t polished, but there are few flaws in his pass-pro. Ruiz is precisely what the Rams need.”
The 2020 draft class is fairly weak in regards to the top talent along the offensive line outside of the tackles. Guards are lackluster while the center position has a few interesting players but no real sure-fire first-round talent.
Spent some time getting know Michigan center Cesar Ruiz (@_OverCees) this weekend. I asked him what’s so significant about playing center and being the youngest interior OL in this draft class.— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) April 5, 2020
His answer was phenomenal. pic.twitter.com/zNA7y9mvgh
The 6’3, 307-pound pivot was started the last 26 games of his career at center following 10 games and five starts at right guard as a true freshman. As a sophomore he took home Third-Team All-Big Ten honors before getting the Second-Team nod this past season.
With Austin Blythe likely moving back to guard with a healthy Brian Allen, Ruiz would give the Rams phenomenal competition at an important position in their offense.