The Rams hold three of the first 36 picks on day three and they hold five picks en total. I expect Les Snead to use two of his first three picks on Saturday on an interior offensive lineman and a cornerback. A tackle/guard or a defensive end could be the other of those three choices, but the Rams have a long break between picking at 141 and 209 and there could be a considerable drop in talent after the top-150 prospects or so.
When Snead is back on the board in the sixth and seventh rounds, it could be an area to target help on special teams, including even a longsnapper or a kicker. This may be the time to take a shot at drafting someone to replace Jake McQuaide because the seventh round is going to have a large number of prospects who might have been undrafted in a normal year.
But offensive line and defensive back should be the immediate targets and the Rams have selections 112, 117, and 141 in the fourth round, then 209 in the sixth, and 252 in the seventh.
Here are some of the top offensive linemen remaining:
- Stone Forsythe, T, Florida
- Trey Smith, G, Tennessee
- Jaylon Moore, T, Western Michigan
- Josh Ball, T, Marshall
- James Hudson, T, Cincinnati
- D’ante Smith, T, East Carolina
- Deonte Brown, G, Alabama
- Dave Moore, G, Grambling State
- Royce Newman, G, Ole Miss
- Drew Dalman, C, Stanford
- Michal Menet, C, Penn State
- Trey Hill, C, Georgia
- Drake Jackson, C, Kentucky
Here are some of the top cornerbacks available:
- Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas
- Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State
- Kary Vincent Jr., DB, LSU
- Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
- Zech McPhearson, CB, Texas Tech
- Isreal Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina
- Marco Wilson, CB, Florida
- Darren Hall, CB, San Diego State
I would also say that Utah safety Jamar Johnson could be versatile enough to play corner. He’s considered be some as the best overall remaining player on the board. Other top remaining players:
- Chris Rumph, DE, Duke
- Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State
- Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
- Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
- Charles Snowden, DE, Virginia
- Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
- Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson
- Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
- Michael Carter, RB, UNC
- Bobby Brown III, DT, Texas A&M
- Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
- Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU
- Jay Tufele, DE, USC
- Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma
- Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
- Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
- Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pitt
- Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan
- Jacob Harris, TE, UCB
- Austin Trammell, WR, Rice
All leading up to the draft, people were hyping up how this year would have “more day three steals” because of the unusual nature of the draft season. Well, the Rams now have five day three picks instead of three. Two extra chances to find one of those steals and two picks at the beginning of day three that they didn’t have at the beginning of day two. What happened to the belief that there are more day three steals this year?
That’s a pretty long list of names we were talking about a lot in the predraft process.
If the Rams come out with Stone Forsythe, Trey Smith, Kary Vincent; or Robert Rochell, Jaylon Moore, Trey Hill; or Drew Dalman, Jabril Cox, Michael Carter, there’s plenty of ways this can go that would sound good to me. I happen to favor Carter, Rhamondre Stevenson, Gainwell, Tufele, Rochell, Forsythe, and Hill, for no particularly clear or fair reasons.
But one of those three running backs should be on the Rams board, at least.