ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper appeared on ESPN on Monday to share thoughts and rumors on all 32 teams ahead of this weekend’s draft, and the news on the LA Rams is as expected: they could target a tackle or a cornerback with their first selection in the second round.
Unfortunately with teams that don’t pick in the top-20, let alone those not in the top-50, it’s hard to do anything other than wildly speculate based on needs unless there is some extraordinary suspicion that a team is learning in a certain direction. But when it came time to talk about the Rams, McShay didn’t say anything about the centers.
Perhaps that’s because he thinks that the best ones will already be off of the board by then. McShay mentioned in the broadcast that Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey is getting some late first round buzz and Alabama’s Landon Dickerson might be too talented to let slide because of injury concerns.
That being said, in a three-round mock for ESPN last week with McShay and Kiper, Humphrey was mocked to the Rams at 57.
As far as tackles, Dillon Radunz “is gonna be gone” by 57, according to McShay. Sam Cosmi is “polarizing” according to McShay, with some teams potentially targeting him early on day two and others expecting him to fall for lack of quality play on film. He also said that cornerback Kelvin Joseph of Kentucky could be one option if he’s still on the board at the end of round two.
Joseph is 5’11, 197, ran a 4.34 40-yard dash with a 35” vertical and a 10’8 broad jump at Kentucky’s pro day, which proved to have a number of exceptionally fast prospects.
Here’s the full video, though queued up to their brief talk on LA: