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Rams select versatile RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire in Todd McShay’s latest mock

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You can never go wrong selecting a former National Champion

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Todd McShay released his his latest mock draft and this time he extended it to the first two rounds of the draft, meaning the Rams were included in this one!

Since they don’t possess a first-round pick this year, the Rams have been one of the least talked about teams during the draft process as the majority of mocks done only contain the first 32 picks. But with McShay, he took this one to 64 and gave the Rams an ... interesting ... pick at #52.

With the Rams having released Todd Gurley last month, McShay has the Rams selecting LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire with their second-round pick. Here’s what he had to say:

“The Rams are late to the party and arrive empty-handed. This defense quietly has a lot of weaknesses all of a sudden. But value is again in play, and with Todd Gurley II’s departure, the Rams could land a replacement in the hard-to-bring-down Edwards-Helaire (though they do already have Darrell Henderson Jr., too).”

This pick is obviously a surprise because, you know, they let Gurley go because they have two backs that they believe can carry the offense to a certain degree. Henderson was one of the most dynamic backs in last year’s class and he would have likely saw far more playing time would he have been drafted by another team and not stuck two other players. The 2020 season is looking to be the potential breakout season we’ve all been waiting for and I think there would be a lot of frustrated fans if it doesn’t come to fruition.

However, were the Rams to draft the former National Champion, they’d be getting a tried-and-true dual-threat back who could thrive in any offensive scheme.

Edwards-Helaire, or “CEH”, started making a name for himself when he led the Tigers in all-purpose yards back in 2018, finishing with 658 rushing yards, 96 receiving yards, and 214 return yards. But he found his stride this past season, along with the rest of the team, en route to an undefeated championship season. CEH toted the rock 215 times for 1,415 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also improved majorly in the passing game, catching 55 balls for 453 yards and and another score.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compares CEH to former Falcon’s running back Devonta Freeman, who became known for his nasty jump cuts and sudden footwork. CEH possesses much of the same within his skill-set. He’s able to move his 5’7, 207-pound frame in any direction at a moment’s notice. To quote Lance, he can “make a guy miss in a phone booth.” His ability to contribute in the return will also be valuable for a team who drafts him without plans to immediately put him in as a workhorse back.

He does not possess elite long-speed, only clocking-in at a 4.60 at February’s combine but his explosive strength testing went exactly as you’d expect after watching his tape. His 39’5 inches in the vertical is tremendous and his 10’3 also wasn’t too shabby.

With offensive line help and another cornerback still a necessity in the draft, my money would be on another position besides running back, but that’s just me.

What do you guys think of McShay’s pick for the Rams? Big fan or no fan?