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Rams 2021 draft: Offensive players that LA could target in round 2

A conversation starter on the 2021 draft

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The Los Angeles Rams appear set to draft three times on day two of the 2021 NFL Draft. After trading their first round pick for Jalen Ramsey and one of their round three picks for Matt Stafford, the Rams should be left with pick 57 in the second round, plus two third rounders as compensation for the losses of Dante Fowler and new Lions GM Brad Holmes.

This is the type of draft capitol that Les Snead is comfortable with though, so it should not be any more of a concern than it would be any other year. And LA has done a great job of being successful without using first round picks on prospects.

What sort of day two haul could they get this year?

With the draft still three months away — plus no traditional scouting combine this year — there’s not much I can do to help answer that question. That’s why today’s post on prospective draftees is nothing more than a conversation starter.

Keep that in mind as you peruse this list of names, as well as these points:

  • This list is not my ranking or any ranking. I don’t follow college football and my area of focus is with the NFL and the Los Angeles Rams. So I don’t even start to look at draftees until the season is over and the draft season is underway. Hence: conversation starter.
  • Therefore, this list is not comprehensive. It’s a list of names and some names should probably belong on it that aren’t on it. If you see a name excluded that you’d like included, leave a comment! I can’t wait to hear about said player.
  • I’ve started my search by looking at names from WalterFootball.com. This is not an endorsement of the opinions of Walter, necessarily, it’s just a place where draft prospects and round projections are listed. This is how I start to eliminate and add names to watch as the draft season goes on.
  • This list trends outside of the first round. I’m sure a few of these names will be drafted in the first round this year, but I tried to skew lower-ranked prospects over attempting to find players who might “fall” during the draft process.
  • The Rams are known for picking players who went to the Senior Bowl. Players with an asterisk were at the Senior Bowl this year.
  • This list is offensive players. In the future, we’ll look at defensive players.

The Rams could justify a selection at any offensive position with their second round pick, but I’d argue that wide receiver and any offensive lineman would fill a greater “need” in 2021. This doesn’t rule out Snead picking a quarterback to develop behind Stafford or a running back to pair with Cam Akers and definitely not a tight end to push Tyler Higbee and Brycen Hopkins.

Because I don’t have any opinions on these players yet, I have no comments to add yet. I do know, however, that we have a lot of well-educated draft and college football fans in the TST community and in addition to some fantastic fanposts (check the right hand side of the front page), I know we’ll learn a lot from what you have to say about these players.

Here are 42 names to start chewing on.

Quarterbacks

Kyle Trask, Florida* (Great fanpost today by Ferragamo on Trask)

Mac Jones, Alabama*

Kellen Mond, Texas A&M*

Jamie Newman, Wake Forest*

Is QB “worth” a second rounder this year: Probably not.

Running Backs

Kylin Hill, Mississippi State*

Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma*

Michael Carter, North Carolina*

Larry Rountree, Missouri*

Javonte Williams, North Carolina

Is RB “worth” a second rounder this year: Probably not.

Wide Receivers

Marquez Stevenson, Houston*

Rondale Moore, Purdue

Tutu Atwell, Louisville

Rashon Bateman, Minnesota

Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State*

Sage Surratt, Wake Forest*

Tamorrion Terry, Florida State

Jhamon Ausbon, Texas A&M

Elijah Moore, Ole Miss

Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC

Is WR “worth” a second rounder this year: With Stafford on board, Van Jefferson might have a greater chance to succeed, so the need is lessened.

Tight Ends

Brevin Jordan, Miami

Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

Hunter Long, Boston College*

Tre’ McKitty, Georgia*

Matt Bushman, BYU

Is TE “worth” a second rounder this year: A dynamic receiving tight end who falls in the second round and might allow the team to move on from Higbee? If that is available, then yes.

Centers

Landon Dickerson, Alabama*

Josh Myers, Ohio State

Alec Lindstrom, Boston College

Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma*

Is C “worth” a second rounder this year: Yes.

Guards

Trey Smith, Tennessee

Aaron Banks, Notre Dame*

Ed Ingram, LSU

Chasen Hines, LSU

Jackson Carman, Clemson

Is G “worth” a second rounder this year: I rank it lower than center, but yes.

Tackles

Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame*

Trey Smith, Tennessee*

Jalen Mayfield, Michigan

Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State

Walker Little, Stanford

Cade Mays, Tennessee

Thayor Munford, Ohio State

Stone Forsyth, Florida

Jake Curhan, Cal*

Is OT “worth” a second rounder this year: If the team had confidence that said player would be a long-term, high-end answer on either side? Yes.