In a new three-round mock draft by Matt Valdovinos at Pro Football Network, the Rams land an intriguing linebacker prospect in the second round before snagging two more defensive studs with their pair of compensatory picks in the third.
First, the Rams were matched with Alabama’s Dylan Moses, a former prep prodigy that earned his first scholarships from LSU and Alabama before he was even in high school. He missed the entire 2019 season to injury, but rebounded to help lead the tide to a national title in 2020.
The third round picks were spent on Oregon State pass rusher Hamilcar Rashed Jr. and USC safety Talanoa Hufanga. Both were top standouts for their respective teams and each wouldn’t have to travel that far to join their new teams.
Rashed’s best season came in 2019 when he recorded a whopping 22.5 tackles-for-loss and 14 sacks. In 2020, he was fairly quiet with only two TFLs and zero sacks in seven games.
Hamilcar Rashed Jr. is a monster, 14 sacks (third in the country) and 22.5 tackles for loss for #OregonState. I love his hand usage on these two sacks, swipes the hands, bends really well on the first play and makes a quick inside move on the second play. pic.twitter.com/uAwBp6w8Oj— Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson) June 25, 2020
Hufanaga helped lead the Trojans to the Pac-12 Championship Game with a packed stat line that included four interceptions, three sacks, and 5.5 tackles-for-loss.
Thoughts on the picks for the Rams? yay or nay?
And now for today’s links.
A pre-free agency look at the defensive line group (TheRams.com)
Kevin O’Connell will have a ton of influence on the offense in 2021 (TheRams.com)
A look into D’Wayne Eskridge, a possible receiver prospect for the Rams (The Rams Wire)
Could the Rams be interested in Kyle Rudolph? (Ramblin’ Fan)
Perfect free agent fits for all 32 teams (ESPN)
Jets GM open to trading Sam Darnold (ESPN)
Free agent fits for all NF teams (NFL.com)
Chris Trapasso’s latest 2021 mock (CBS Sports)
The Ravens will be recommending a rule change to NFL’s overtime (Pro Football Talk)
Could the NFL be headed towards a true sudden death in overtime games? (Pro Football Talk)