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Los Angeles Rams Mock Draft 1.0

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Los Angeles Rams Mock Draft 1.0

Rams Mock Draft 1.0, here we go.

The Los Angeles Rams are transitioning from arguably the worst coaching staff in the NFL. New coach Sean McVay will bring a youthful exuberance that will transform the Los Angeles Rams into a competitive force in the NFC. You heard it here first.

Second Round (Pick #37): Cordrea Tankersly – DB, Clemson

Going offense would not surprise me, and is perhaps the popular assumption of what Los Angeles will do here. However, I have been very consistent in projecting this Tankersly-Ram collision course. Tankersly, a very solid athlete and a top-5 corner in this years draft may not be available at this pick in the draft. However if he is, I would not expect Los Angeles to take too long making this selection.

The Rams franchise tagged veteran corner back Trumaine Johnson early in free agency. Rumors circulating prior to the signing hinted towards the departure of Johnson. Trumaine will play this season under the tag in what will basically be a well paid tryout. The Rams are not entirely sold on what they have in Johnson. So while we we are in wait-and-see mode with the star corner, I would want to bring in a young Tankersly to groom.

Third Round (Pick #69): Malachi Dupre – WR, LSU

Malachi Dupre was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school in New Orleans. Dupre is also a former high school state champion in the triple, long, and high jump. This guy is an athlete on a level similar to Odell Beckham Jr.

However, Dupre was basically robbed on his collegiate production due to the turmoil at quarterback for the LSU Tigers. Think OBJ in that regard, as well. His athleticism with his 6’2 body frame could be a steal in the third in my opinion.

Dupre to the Rams, Goff gets help.

Fourth Round (Pick #112): Zach Banner – OG, USC

Going to stay in the state of California with this selection. It’s no secret Goff was running for his life last season. His offensive line ranked towards the bottom of the league in every statistical category.

The Rams did address the offensive line in last years draft, however, they are far from done.

The son of 11-year NFL veteran Lincoln Kennedy, Banner came to USC as a 5-star recruit, and went on to start 27 games for the Trojans. The 375 pounder would make things a lot easier for Goff and running back Todd Gurley.

Fourth Round (Pick #141): Jordan Leggett – TE, Clemson

I was a bit surprised to see this player projected to last this long. However, after further review of the player, I believe I see why. Early in his tenure at Clemson, Leggett earned the title “Lazy Leggett.” Inconsistent effort earned him the nickname.

Still, the talent stands out on film. Leggett was a quarterback in high school, similar to Washington Redskin tight end Jordan Reed. The two compare athletically, as well.

He gets open and catches the ball, and should be a steal if can stay focused.

Fifth Round (Pick #149): Joe Mathis DE Washington University

Wade Phillips would love to add a young “war daddy” to help mold his 3-4 scheme in Los Angeles. And if Joe Mathis is available here i say take him

It is important to consider that prior to a devastating injury earlier in the season, Mathis was considered a first round prospect by many scouts. I will leave one stat with you to ponder on. In six games, the Huskies managed to record 24 sacks with Mathis on the field. Following his injury, they would only record six sacks for the rest of the season!

Sixth Round (Pick #189): Jadar Johnson S Clems0n

Many may think i waited a bit late to address this glaring need in the secondary. Supply and demand baby, in my opinion though this is a deep class for defensive backs, it is not a very good one for safeties. Outside of those top 3 projected players the fall off is pretty steep.

Jadar has played at Clemson so i am simply relying on the factory of defensive backs to provide once again.

Seventh Round (Pick #223): Bug Howard WR University of North Carolina

Bug is now my favorite name in the draft. Howard is 6’4, and specializes in using his body and strength to post up smaller corner-backs. He has the ability to break plays open. Bug is very versatile as the Tar Heels occasionally lined him up at tight end. I like Bug in Los Angeles.

Seventh Round (Pick #234): Ishmael Zamora

The Rams address the receiver position again here. Hopefully they strike gold with this big 6’4 receiver. Zamora is a interesting prospect given his size, and recorded 40-yard-dash time of 4.47 seconds.

Off the field concerns flag this prospect as himself alongside Joe Mixon were not invited to this years NFL Combine. The interest of this player by teams around the league will be interesting to observe.

 

 

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