The good people over at Rotoballer have been working on a draft preview series over the last several weeks where they’re profiling each of the 32 NFL clubs and going over their potential draft strategies heading into Thursday’s opening night.
Brandon Murchison, the author of this edition, listed out who he believes the Rams should target with the 52nd, 57th, and 84th-overall picks. At #52, he thinks the Rams potentially TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor were he to slide far enough into the second round. Reagor was a two-time Second-Team All-Big 12 performer the last two seasons and finished his 2019 campaign with 43 catches (a team-high) for 611 yards and five touchdowns. He also added two punt returns for scores. At the combine Reagor jumped 42 inches in the vertical and 11’6 in the broad jump which exemplified his elite athleticism.
Jalen Reagor of TCU running a “Dino” route— Receiver Life (@ReceiverLife_) May 21, 2019
At #57, Murchison has the Rams drafting Trey Adams, an offensive tackle out of Washington. I’m not sure what the thought is here, but Adams is one of the lowest-ranked tackles coming out this year. If it was several years ago, this would be a steal. However, after an ACL tear and back surgery across the 2017 and ‘18 seasons, Adams is being seen as a shell of his old self. At this year’s combine, Adams recorded the slowest forty in the position group with a 5.60 at 6’8 and 327 pounds. His 24.5 inches in the vertical was also one of the worst. He simply lacks the necessary strength to hold up against top talent right now. But who knows down the line if he’ll be able to find his old self.
In the third, Murchison has them snagging Ashtyn Davis, a very talented safety out of Cal. Davis actually went to Cal on a Track & Field scholarship and walked-on to the football team. So right off the bat, you know he’s got some speed to his game. While he is considered a late-comer to the game, he has shown more than enough potential to get drafted on day two this year. As a senior in 2019, Davis recorded 53 total tackles, two interceptions, four pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He did, however, miss his team’s bowl game and the Senior Bowl with an injury. As a sophomore, Davis won the 110-meter hurdles event at the 2017 Pac-12 Meet and finished third in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2018 Outdoor Nationals.
Cal Safety Ashtyn Davis won the PAC-12 in the 110m Hurdles— Coach Dan Casey (@CoachDanCasey) April 16, 2020
You can tell just from the Photos he’s Bouncy
You turn on the Film, he’s Fluid & Rangey
⚡️ The Track translates to the Field! pic.twitter.com/VxF8jaJye8
Now on to the links.
Brandon Murchison previews the Rams’ potential draft haul (RotoBaller)
Sean McVay gives a sneak peak into his draft day setup (The Rams Wire)
Cameron DaSilva tells us why the Rams will be busy during the UDFA-signing period (The Rams Wire)
Brett Stuter believes the Rams could add three running backs between the draft and UDFAs (Ramblin’ Fan)
Cameron DaSilva shows us how Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is in the best shape of his life (The Rams Wire)
Josh Alper discusses why Sean McVay feels the Brandin Cooks trade is a “big vote of confidence” in Josh Reynolds (Pro Football Talk)
The Supreme Court denies petition to send St. Louis relocation lawsuit to arbitration (ESPN)
Former XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck is suing XFL owner Vince McMahon (Pro Football Talk)
Tim Daniels reacts to Lamar Jackson announcing that he’ll be on the cover of Madden 21 (Bleacher Report)
Tyler Conway goes in-depth on DeAndre Hopkins lack of a relationship with HC Bill O’Brien (Bleacher Report)