In Chris Trapasso’s latest two-round mock draft over at CBS Sports, the Rams were given a pair of All-Big Ten performers in Michigan outside linebacker Josh Uche and Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz.
Two of the more popular positions of need for the Rams have been positions on either side of the trenches. Defensively, they need guys to play on the edges to complement Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers. Offensively, they could add some another interior guy to potentially start right away or go with tackle depth to ensure a smooth transition following Andrew Whitworth’s retirement in the coming years.
At pick 52, Trapasso tabbed the versatile Uche for L.A. and I actually like this pick a lot. He’s ready-made for an outside backer in a 3-4 with his equal ability to get after the passer while being able to disrupt and drop into coverage off the line of scrimmage.
With no Pro Days this year, this was the video sent to all NFL teams today of Michigan LB Josh Uche: pic.twitter.com/rj75nlSAaN— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 17, 2020
Uche didn’t start a game until 2019, to my disbelief. Without a single start, he still was tabbed as an Honorable Mention pick in the Big Ten after posting eight tackles-for-loss and seven sacks. As a senior this past season, Uche made nine starts in 13 games. He finished with a healthy stat line with 35 total tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two pass breakups. He was named a Second-Team All-Big Ten member for his efforts.
Biadasz has been one of the biggest fallers over the last calendar year even though all he’s done is get named to the First-Team All-American team in 2019 and help running back Johnathan Taylor rush for a million yards over the last three years. He was also named a Freshman All-American in 2017 and got his first All-Big Ten First-Team nod in ‘18. Heck, not even winning the Rimington Award for being the nation’s best center has been able to keep him in the first round of the draft.
At the end of the day, Biadasz is a fundamentally-sound blocker that can fit right in with any blocking scheme. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein says that Biadasz is incredibly consistent in his technique on a snap-by-snap basis and he just flat-out knows how to the the job done. It also helps that he’s got vice-grips for hands.
Tyler Biadasz is a people mover. Checks the boxes the Dolphins will like:— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) September 28, 2019
Durability ✅ 27 consecutive starts
Diverse ✅ zone/man capable
Meanstreak ✅ plays through the whistle
Team captain ✅
Big, strong, long ✅
2018’s tip graded center via PFF ✅ pic.twitter.com/ltLKrhr1MU
I like both picks and think either could be huge steals this late into the second round. Each of them have plenty of easily-translatable traits that make their chances of being successful at the next level much higher.
Now, to the rest of the links.
Chris Trapasso mocks two Big Ten players to the Rams in latest mock (TheRams.com)
Jamie Han interviews cornerback David Long Jr. about his time in self-isolation (TheRams.com)
Former Rams center John Sullivan believes Todd Gurley will end up in Canton (The Rams Wire)
Cameron DaSilva lists a safety in each round that the Rams could target (The Rams Wire)
Bret Stuter believes the Rams’ opening odds to win the Super Bowl are too low (Ramblin’ Fan)
Albert Breer discusses how Sean McVay are handling an offseason of change (Sports Illustrated)
Kristopher Knox covers each team’s biggest need one week out from the NFL Draft (Bleacher Report)
Mike Tanier re-drafts the #1 pick from each of the last ten NFL Drafts (Bleacher Report)
R.J. White mocks all 255 picks in this year’s NFL Draft (CBS Sports)
Chris Trapasso offers “Plan B” players for teams who miss out on their top guy (CBS Sports)