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Rams 7-round mock draft: Post-Senior Bowl edition

Who could the Rams draft from the Senior Bowl?

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The Senior Bowl is one of the top events of the draft season and features many of the best prospects in the upcoming draft. The Los Angeles Rams and general manager Les Snead have put a focus on the Senior Bowl in recent years. That could very well be the case again this year with players such as John Michael Schmitz and Will McDonald IV as potential options.

With a focus on the Senior Bowl, my latest mock draft features only players who competed in Mobile. Obviously, it’s very unlikely that the Rams draft players only from the Senior Bowl. However, it should give a good idea on who will be available in each round.

My draft simulation was done using Mock Draft Database.

36th Overall - iOL John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota

John Michael Schmitz was arguably the best player in Mobile last week. It honestly, wouldn’t be surprising to see him go in the first round. In a recent mock draft from Ian Cummings at Pro Football Network, Schmitz went 24th overall to the Washington Commanders.

However, when the hype from the Senior Bowl dies down, Schmitz could still end up at the top of the second round. It’s important to remember that the Senior Bowl is only part of the process. Schmitz is someone that would immediately transform the Rams offensive line.

69th Overall - EDGE Will McDonald IV, Iowa State

Will McDonald IV fits the profile of what the Rams typically look for in edge rushers. He’s insanely athletic with good traits. Pair that with speed and good initial quickness off the ball as well as collegiate production and it’s going to be difficult for Snead to pass on him.

McDonald had a really good week during Senior Bowl practices. He needs some control and refinement in his game. However, those things can be coached up. If he reaches his potential, he’ll be a dangerous pass rusher off of the edge.

136th Overall - CB Jakorian Bennett, Maryland

Much like McDonald, Bennett fits the mold of what the Rams look for in their cornerbacks. He led the Power-5 in pass breakups and then was the second fastest player recorded during Senior Bowl practices. The Rams don’t like big corners, and Bennett sits right under six-feet tall.

Bennett had a decent week at the Senior Bowl, showing off his speed and physicality. However, as someone from Mobile, his big highlight was the game-clinching interception on Saturday.

172nd Overall - TE Payne Durham, Purdue

It's no secret that the Rams need tight end depth behind Tyler Higbee. Higbee is in the final year of his contract and behind him is Brycen Hopkins. The Rams kept just two tight ends on the initial 53-man roster last year and it limited what they were able to do from a personnel standpoint.

No tight end had a better week in Mobile than Payne Durham. While he came in with the blocking tight end tag, some of the most impressive catches of the week were made by Durham. He can line up in the slot, in-line, or as an H-Back. This is the tight end that the Rams are missing in their offense.

182nd Overall - iDL Nesta Jade Silvera, Arizona State

It wasn’t long ago that the Rams drafted Greg Gaines who participated in the Senior Bowl. They could look for his replacement or depth from there this offseason. With both Gaines and Robinson set to hit free agency, drafting a defensive lineman will be on the table.

Silvera had one of the more impressive weeks at the Senior Bowl. He was extremely disruptive and constantly showed off his power and strength. This is someone that will help out in the run game as well as have the ability to collapse the pocket.

189th Overall - RB Evan Hull, Northwestern

The Rams can’t go into next season with Malcolm Brown as depth in the running back room. They need to add players behind Cam Akers and Kyren Williams, and it makes sense to draft someone on day three.

He may have raised his stock during the Senior Bowl as he had a good week of practice and amassed 74 yards on 10 carries during the game, but Evan Hull from Northwestern should absolutely be in consideration. He’s a between the tackles runner and also has ability as a receiver. He’d be able to compete with Kyren Williams as the RB2 behind Cam Akers.

191st Overall - WR Ronnie Bell, Michigan

Since Les Snead took over as the general manager in 2012, the Rams haven’t drafted a receiver just twice. Those years were 2014 and 2019. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Rams draft a receiver on day three who brings special teams value.

At Michigan, Bell ate up zone coverages and then had a pretty good week in Mobile. He’s gotten some Amon-Ra St. Brown comparisons which isn’t a bad thing. Bell would bring some good depth to the Rams receiving room.

211th Overall - S Kaevon Merriweather, Iowa

The Rams will likely add one safety later on in the draft. If the Rams don’t bring back Taylor Rapp or Nick Scott, they’ll need to add some depth. Someone like Merriweather later on could be an option.

Merrweather had a decent week at the Senior Bowl, matching up well against tight ends. For someone on day three, he provides good value.

225th Overall - CB Darrell Luter Jr., South Alabama

Luter Jr. is a smaller cornerback who plays bigger than his size and competes hard every play. These are cornerbacks that the Rams have drafted in the past. He’s certainly a developmental prospect, but he could contribute on special teams early on in his career.

252nd Overall - EDGE Lonnie Phelps, Kansas

Would the Rams double dip at edge? Depending on whether or not Daniel Hardy takes a step forward in year two, they need some depth opposite of Leonard Floyd. Phelps had an underrated week in Mobile, having good moments in team practices and then forced a fumble during the game.