What will the Rams do in this week’s NFL Draft? Here’s a full seven-round mock draft for Los Angeles NFL fans.
87th overall: 3rd round: 23rd pick
Linebacker: Fred Warner/BYU
One of the best linebackers left on the board. Warner has the athleticism and intangibles to take over from traded linebacker Alec Ogletree.
He’s the perfect centerpiece for Wade Phillips to mold and Warner pairs nicely with returning linebacker Mark Barron, who can teach him the finer points of coverage. Warner can play all three downs and has the benefit of learning from every level of the defense.
111th overall: 4th round: 11th pick
Linebacker: Shaquem Griffin/UCF
Philips will put him in a position to rush the passer with stunts and blitz packages. He’s a weapon that knows his functionality within a defense.
135th overall: 4th round: 35th pick
Running Back: Kalen Ballage/Arizona State
136th overall: 4th round: 36th pick
Running Back: Nyheim Hines/North Carolina State
Double down on offensive weapons. Hines would be the fastest back on the Rams and can play receiver, running back and return kicks and punts for cheap.
In so many words, he’s the perfect Tavon Austin replacement. Drafting him makes it easier to part with Austin. Good luck matching up with Gurley, Ballage and Hines on the field at once.
176th overall: 6th round: 2nd pick
Wide Receiver: Cedrick Wilson/Boise State
It’s criminal that this receiver is still on the board. Wilson has third round talent and could arguably overtake Cooper Kupp. He’s a masterful route runner and embodies the big play.
As the fourth receiver who can return kicks and punts, Wilson puts the Rams offense over the top. He’s incredibly tough and gives Jared Goff yet another safety valve. He’s a perfect fit.
183th overall: 6th round: 9th pick
EDGE: Marcel Frazier/Mizzouri
Another great Missouri defensive lineman, Frazier can come in and be a true 3-4 pass rusher. He may not be as great as Robert Quinn but he can develop and grow with fellow rookie Shaquem Griffin to form an unorthodox pass rush tandom. Frazier has 4.63 speed and a relentless motor just like Griffen.
194th overall: 6th round: 20th pick
Cornerback: Avonte Maddox/Pittsburgh
Another solid, tough corner who will add to the intensity of the cornerback group. Maddox will cut his teeth on special teams and have time to learn from Aqub Talib, Marcus Peters, Sam Shields and a starting slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman.
195th overall: 6th round: 21st pick
Safety: Tarvarius Moore/Southern Mississippi
For where’s he’s drafted that’s a steal. With his size and 4.32 speed, Moore has great upside at free and strong safety. His physicality and ball skills complement LaMarcus Joyner perfectly.
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