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  • RFE's 7 Round Rams Mock Draft (Version 1.0)

    With the Combine done and the first wave of FA in our rear-view mirror, its time to make an initial projection for the Rams' draft.

    While there is still a lot of uncertainty (center position, Trumaine Johnson, etc.), I think this projection would fill a lot of needs and provide some quality additions.

    Round 2 (37): Evan Engram, TE/WR, Mississippi
    Here’s the big receiver the Rams need! Engram is 6’3, 235 and runs a 4.42. He can do a lot of the things Jordan Reed did for coach McVay in Washington, and is faster than his Redskins counterpart. I think he’s a better value than the true WRs likely to be there at this point (Alternate choices: David Njoku, TE, Miami; Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State).

    Round 3 (69): Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
    Wade Phillips’ defense is predicated on pressure. That’s where Bowser comes in. He projects as a 3-4 edge rusher with enough size (247 lbs.) and speed (4.65 forty) to stay on the field all three downs.

    Round 4 (112): Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia
    I have a feeling that the Rams will try to make a move at center, but if they end up with a guy like Nick Mangold, they’ll need to start developing a successor. Orlosky might not still be on the board at this point, but if he is, he’d be a good choice.

    Round 4 (141): Rayshawn Jenkins, FS, Miami
    The Rams could use some depth at the safety position, and Jenkins is a true FS. He has the speed to cover the back end and prototypical size (6’1, 214).

    Round 5 (149): Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
    Classic example of a guy who looks the part on the field and produces (a real ball hawk, in particular), but isn’t the ideal size (5’10, 184) or a blazer (4.54 forty). The Rams will need depth at the CB spot, though, and I think Kazee is a guy who could prove to be a “gamer.”

    Round 6 (189): Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse
    At this point, the Rams could take a flyer on a guy with decent measurable (6’1, 209; 4.49 forty) and a reputation for winning on 50/50 balls. Gotta love this stat line from his final college game (against Pitt): 13 receptions, 178 yards, 5 TDs.

    Round 6 (206): De’Angelo Henderson, RB, Coastal Carolina
    Compact build (5’7, 208) and good speed (4.48 forty). Also a very good receiver (97 receptions in college). Perfect replacement for Benny Cunningham, who will likely find a new home in free agency.

    Round 7 (234): Hardy Nickerson, ILB, Illinois
    Yes, he’s the former Pro Bowler’s son. After playing at Cal (Jared Goff was a teammate), he transferred to play under DC Dad. Productive, high-motor, limited physically. Exactly what you’d expect with a guy in the 7th round. I’d take a chance, though, on a guy with his bloodlines, character, and track record. At worst, I’d expect him to be a quality special teams player.

  • #2
    Good mock. I'm all over the Engram pick. He can play TE or WR, although I'd keep him at TE most of the time, but its nice to have that flexibility. Your alts are fine, but I would add Zay Jones. as a WR. For center I had my eye on Jon Toth from KY, but TO would probably be good too.

    I had a thought about Sidney Jones at CB on day 3. He's out for the year, but he might be a blue chip player in 2018. A classic round 1 guy who may drop to us if we choose him. Look at the Cowboys last year with Jaylon Smith. Nice work.

    Go Rams!

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    • #3
      Engram would be a great pick!

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      • #4
        There's a lot to like there, especially the way you project starting the third day!

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        • #5
          With two weeks to go, I really don't have major changes.

          Still like Engram in R2. Would consider Cooper Kupp, Zay Jones and Gerald Everett as alternates.

          Might not go edge rusher in R3 now that Barwin is on board. I like Utah FS Marcus Williams, centers Pat Elflein and Ethan Pocic, and (depending on what the Rams do in R2) possibly TE Bucky Hodges and WR Amara Darboh.

          If the Rams don't take a center in R3, Tyler Orlosky in R4 would be a great pick. With the comp pick, probably still lean toward DB.

          I'll stick with the rest.

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          • #6
            I no longer like the target of RB in the 6th. With Benny's replacement brought in via FA, I still like Aaron Green as the 3rd string. If additional needs develop during the season, I don't think there's a huge drop in talent by grabbing a street agent.

            Instead, I'd prefer they get a young edge rusher to backup Barwin (ie. more opportunity for Phillips to build the core of his D) or an interior OL to coach up. Doing so gives additional depth behind Saffold as well as insurance for when GRob is not retained and Havenstein moves back out to tackle. Plus, Saffold is technically, still out backup LT. That puts a premium on LG depth. Wichmann, Brown, and Arkin should still have some chances to prove themselves, but it'd be nice to have some more choices there too.



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            • #7
              The mock holds up well for being a month old!

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              • #8
                I like it, but there's been a lot of talk that Bowser wont get out of the top 40. I did a mock roughly a month ago as well and had Bowser in the 3rd. All in all, I would be fine with this.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by KoaKoi View Post
                  I no longer like the target of RB in the 6th. With Benny's replacement brought in via FA, I still like Aaron Green as the 3rd string. If additional needs develop during the season, I don't think there's a huge drop in talent by grabbing a street agent.

                  Instead, I'd prefer they get a young edge rusher to backup Barwin (ie. more opportunity for Phillips to build the core of his D) or an interior OL to coach up. Doing so gives additional depth behind Saffold as well as insurance for when GRob is not retained and Havenstein moves back out to tackle. Plus, Saffold is technically, still out backup LT. That puts a premium on LG depth. Wichmann, Brown, and Arkin should still have some chances to prove themselves, but it'd be nice to have some more choices there too.


                  Could be a good spot for one of my sleepers, Pitt's Ejuan Price. I like his potential as a situational edge rusher.

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                  • #10
                    Engram is an interesting thought with Rams first pick. Do his hands and catch radius match his speed and size to be a pure wide from a pure analysis perspective? With that body mass and speed alone he could create space down field immediately in the first ten yards. Less likely to get bumped up and lose steps like most of the roster now. In addition a needed red zone threat. I think it a good call because he is one of the best athletes available at that spot and he fits in the make up of the team.
                    All bets are Goff

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                    • #11
                      Given the FA signings of late that include Robey-Coleman and Sullivan I might want to re-think your picks in round 4 and 5. The whole DB situation is cloudy to me as we don't really know if Joyner will be moved to FS and Robey-Coleman takes his spot at nickel CB. That move would change the thinking for the FS spot. The center spot, while needing attention may allow us to take a more develomental player later in day 3. I know this is a strong defensive draft, but I think Rams will prioritize the offense during the earlier rounds.

                      On board with you about Darboh, whom I've liked all college football season. Coming out of a Harbaugh offense I'm confident he'll make it in the pros. To KoaKoi's point, Dorian Johnson, Pitt would be a solid OG pick, providing he fits our OL blocking scheme.

                      Go Rams!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post
                        Given the FA signings of late that include Robey-Coleman and Sullivan I might want to re-think your picks in round 4 and 5. The whole DB situation is cloudy to me as we don't really know if Joyner will be moved to FS and Robey-Coleman takes his spot at nickel CB. That move would change the thinking for the FS spot. The center spot, while needing attention may allow us to take a more develomental player later in day 3. I know this is a strong defensive draft, but I think Rams will prioritize the offense during the earlier rounds.
                        I think that, while the Rams may now have short-term solutions at C and in the DB, they need to build some depth for the future. Rounds 4-5 seem like a good time for that to me.

                        On board with you about Darboh, whom I've liked all college football season. Coming out of a Harbaugh offense I'm confident he'll make it in the pros.
                        I saw him in person twice this year, and he stood out as a guy who bullies smaller CBs.

                        To KoaKoi's point, Dorian Johnson, Pitt would be a solid OG pick, providing he fits our OL blocking scheme.
                        Johnson may be a good prospect to develop, but I think he's a bit light (listed at 6'5, 300 lbs) to play OG right away.

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                        • #13
                          [QUOTE=RamFanEsq;n810330]

                          I think that, while the Rams may now have short-term solutions at C and in the DB, they need to build some depth for the future. Rounds 4-5 seem like a good time for that to me.[quote]

                          You may be right, I'm just feeling that with only 8 picks the emphasis may be on offense early. In truth, I trust the Rams will stick with the BPA approach as they let the draft come to them.


                          [quote]I saw him in person twice this year, and he stood out as a guy who bullies smaller CBs.[quote]

                          Outstanding.

                          [quote]Johnson may be a good prospect to develop, but I think he's a bit light (listed at 6'5, 300 lbs) to play OG right away.[quote]

                          That is what the pick would be, developmental as we already know whom our starting OG's will be this year. Frankly, I'm not sure he'll be there after round 3.


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                          • #14
                            With one day to go, here are my final annotations...

                            Round 2 (37): Evan Engram, TE/WR, Mississippi
                            Here’s the big receiver the Rams need! Engram is 6’3, 235 and runs a 4.42. He can do a lot of the things Jordan Reed did for coach McVay in Washington, and is faster than his Redskins counterpart. I think he’s a better value than the true WRs likely to be there at this point (Alternate choices: David Njoku, TE, Miami; Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State).
                            Engram is still the guy I want here, and I think there is a good chance that the Rams would take him if available. Two guys who are generally deemed first round picks who would really interest me if they should fall are Corey Davis and Forrest Lamp. If I were to place odds on what position the Rams will take, I'd say WR/TE: 65%, DB: 25%, OL: 5%, Other: 5%.

                            Round 3 (69): Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
                            Wade Phillips’ defense is predicated on pressure. That’s where Bowser comes in. He projects as a 3-4 edge rusher with enough size (247 lbs.) and speed (4.65 forty) to stay on the field all three downs.
                            Bowser would be a great selection here, but I have strong doubts he will still be on the board. I think the value at this spot may be at the CB position, given the depth of the draft class. Other options I'd keep an eye on are center (Pat Elflein or Ethan Pocic), TE (Gerald Everett, Bucky Hodges) or WR (Cooper Kupp, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Amara Darboh).

                            Round 4 (112): Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia
                            I have a feeling that the Rams will try to make a move at center, but if they end up with a guy like Nick Mangold, they’ll need to start developing a successor. Orlosky might not still be on the board at this point, but if he is, he’d be a good choice.
                            Assuming that the Rams have not yet selected an OL, Orlosky would be a great pick at this point in the draft. If the Rams have already addressed the OL (or if they don't like the OL still on the board at this point), this is a spot where I might consider an edge rusher. Wisconsin's Vince Biegel and Illinois' Carroll Phillips would be good options.

                            Round 4 (141): Rayshawn Jenkins, FS, Miami
                            The Rams could use some depth at the safety position, and Jenkins is a true FS. He has the speed to cover the back end and prototypical size (6’1, 214).
                            Still really like this pick at this spot. Depth at FS is definitely needed.

                            Round 5 (149): Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
                            Classic example of a guy who looks the part on the field and produces (a real ball hawk, in particular), but isn’t the ideal size (5’10, 184) or a blazer (4.54 forty). The Rams will need depth at the CB spot, though, and I think Kazee is a guy who could prove to be a “gamer.”
                            Another pick I still like. Can't have too many CBs.

                            Round 6 (189): Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse
                            At this point, the Rams could take a flyer on a guy with decent measurable (6’1, 209; 4.49 forty) and a reputation for winning on 50/50 balls. Gotta love this stat line from his final college game (against Pitt): 13 receptions, 178 yards, 5 TDs.
                            I think a late round WR is still likely, but I think McVay might be more tempted to go with a burner who can stretch the field. Chad Williams from Grambling and Stacy Coley from Miami are two possibilities.

                            Round 6 (206): De’Angelo Henderson, RB, Coastal Carolina
                            Compact build (5’7, 208) and good speed (4.48 forty). Also a very good receiver (97 receptions in college). Perfect replacement for Benny Cunningham, who will likely find a new home in free agency.
                            Still like the idea of a RB with good receiving skills as a possible change-of-pace guy.

                            Round 7 (234): Hardy Nickerson, ILB, Illinois
                            Yes, he’s the former Pro Bowler’s son. After playing at Cal (Jared Goff was a teammate), he transferred to play under DC Dad. Productive, high-motor, limited physically. Exactly what you’d expect with a guy in the 7th round. I’d take a chance, though, on a guy with his bloodlines, character, and track record. At worst, I’d expect him to be a quality special teams player.
                            Still like the pedigree.

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                            • #15
                              How come nobody has mentioned DeDe Westbrook in the later rounds or earlier for that matter. I like Coleys tape, but I read somewhere about him not having the love for the game. So if Engram is gone and the Rams go with a WR at 37. Do you prefer Godwin over JuJu and Jones.?

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                              • AvengerRam
                                Av's Full 2018 Rams Mock
                                by AvengerRam
                                THIS ONE IS OUTDATED: SCROLL DOWN FOR MY FINAL MOCK!


                                I'm somewhat reluctant to post this as the Rams continue to make deals, but here's my current effort:

                                Round 1 (23): Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
                                Round 3 (87): Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB/Edge, Oklahoma
                                Round 4 (111): Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
                                Round 4 (135): Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
                                Round 6 (176): Will Clapp, OG/C, LSU
                                Round 6 (183): Ito Smith, RB, Southern Mississippi
                                Round 6 (194): Deshon Elliot, S, Texas
                                Round 6 (195): Du’Vonta Lampkin, DT, Oklahoma
                                Round 6 (198): Deon Yelder, TE, Western Kentucky

                                In Round 1, LB was my clear target. I considered going with an OLB/Edge (particularly if Harold Landry is still on the board), but went instead with Vander Esch. I think he would be a Day 1 started who would help a great deal towards improving the Rams’ biggest weakness: run defense.

                                Okoronkwo is a very good prospect for the EDGE spot who I think could still be there in Round 3. He’s big, tough and a good tackler. His play stood out to me in the college playoffs.

                                Pettis (cousin of former Ram Austin Pettis) is, in my opinion, a Sean McVay type WR. He is a very good route runner and can compete with Josh Reynolds for playing time.

                                Christian and Clapp would provide youth and depth on the OL. While neither would be expected to start as rookies, both have sufficient experience to play in a pinch.

                                Smith is a guy I’ve mentioned before as a good candidate for the “change-of-pace” role in the Rams’ backfield. He is undersized, but quick and adept at pass-catching.

                                Elliot could provide needed depth at the safety. Lampkin could be useful as a short-yardage specialist. Yelder is a strong blocker who could replace Derek Carrier.
                                -03-30-2018, 09:32 AM
                              • sosa39rams
                                Sosa's Mock Draft v1.0
                                by sosa39rams
                                Personally, I think we need to find 2 staring offensive lineman in free agency. There are plenty of options, but with a bunch of cap space and the ability to create even more, I think we will find 2 starters, and most likely both will be Guards.

                                Also, this draft is with the expected compensatory selections (3rd for Janoris Jenkins, 4th for Rodney McLeod, and 6th for Nick Fairley).

                                Now, let's jump into the draft.

                                2nd round - David Njoku, TE, Miami: Njoku is a versatile weapon who can line up anywhere on the field. He's got great hands, and is a matchup nightmare. He can be schemed plays or just let lineup and simply let him work. He's got amazing speed and his movement skills are one of the best in the draft. He's a huge play threat and would offer Goff an amazing playmaker and a safety blanket to grow with.

                                3rd round - Pat Elflein, C, OSU: Elflein is my top C in this class and he is going to be a good one. He has plenty of leverage skills and can turn his defenders out routinely. He isn't the strongest or biggest guy, but he is always in good position and has absolutely no trouble working to the 2nd level of the defense. He is a day 1 starter and will be our future for many years.

                                4th round - Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State: Godwin is a WR who will win with route running and good hands. He is a day 1 starter IMO and can play anywhere on the field, but looks to prefer the outside. He has good route running ability and can be great with practice. He is able to work all areas of the field and will prove to be one of the better receivers in this class.

                                4th round - Corn Elder, CB, Miami: Elder is going to drop a bit because of his lack of size and length, but he is a gamer. He's a guy that has good instincts and excellent coverage ability. He can break on a ball and make a play, but more than anything he is also a good tackler. I think he's likely to play slot in the NFL, but he's great insurance if we lose Lamarcus Joyner or incase of injury. Elder is great value at this spot.

                                5th round - Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: I think we likely need to add a RB somewhere in the draft, and Williams is the guy at this spot. He's a big guy at 6'1+ and 220+ lbs, and it shows. He's strong, physical, and will finish runs. His ability to juke and make people miss is also good, and his ability to do a little bit of everything will provide Gurley a great backup. Especially if we lose Reynolds and Benny in FA.

                                6th round - Darreus Rogers, WR, USC: Rogers will be the 2nd WR addition in this draft. He is a longer guy with a big body who will provide an outside presence at receiver. He's got the length and skill to play in the NFL, and his routes can be clean. His hands are a plus, and I think at this point it's worth taking a shot on the 23 year old.

                                6th round - Ben Bouleware, LB, Clemson: Bouleware was a very good college LB, but won't be highly regarded in the NFL...
                                -01-11-2017, 12:57 PM
                              • richtree
                                What do you think will actually happen for Rams First 5 spots (barring no trades)?
                                by richtree
                                What do you think will actually happen for Rams First 5 spots (barring no trades)?

                                This means, NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO HAPPEN, but what do you think will actually happen.

                                Here is my quick summary, I enjoy you to do the same.


                                Round 1, Pick #16: Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC -- I think Austin will be gone and so will Fluker, and the 3 big name Offensive Tackles. This will make the Rams decide between Patterson, Allen, Hunter, or Cooper / Warmarck. There is no athletic enough game changing safety that can go here.

                                Round 1, Pick #22: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal -- I think he will end up being the best year 1 WR that has the ability to play short, long, inside and outside. If the Rams pass on WR at 16 Patterson may be gone by #22 -- but I can see the Rams taking their guy and I think Allen is the best fit at this time for the Rams to win games quickly, over any other WR in this class.

                                Round 2, Pick #43: Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse -- This is the choice between the best running back, OLB, and Safety available. I think the Rams really like this guy and need a physical presence coming from the safety position. Unless a WR or RB falls that they love here, I think the would go with Thomas. It would be tough if both Giovanni Bernard and Thomas are here. They seem to like both, as do I. I think RB and OLB can wait do to the need for some help at Safety.

                                Round 3, Pick #78: Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Mizzu - After meeting with Rams personnel and showing his freak athleticism, he will end up being picked over RB here. I think the Rams want athletes in the middle rounds and he would be a perfect compliment of speed and strength to fly around on defense. I think this spot is very hard because of the decision to be made between RB, WR, or OLB.

                                Round 4, Pick #113: Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina -- One thing we know is that Rams take the players that they bring in for visits very seriously. We could use a return guy to fill the void of Amendola, and also a guy that can shoot some speed into the slot, reverses, and a cheap version of what you all want to spend on Austin. Ace is our guy do to the interest. I could even see them considering Ace in Round 3 if they OLB they want is gone.


                                Might as well guess after that based on position:

                                Round 5 -- Running Back
                                Round 6 -- Center/Guard depth
                                Round 7/UFA -- TE that blocks or WR that tackles or CB depth



                                THAT IS WHAT I THINK THE RAMS WILL HAVE IN MIND AND IS REALISTIC OF HAPPENING AFTER DRAFT DAY.

                                I would not be mad at this draft, nor is it "my" ideal draft, just my best guess of the outcome.

                                FEEL FREE TO POST OR DEBATE WHAT 'WILL' HAPPEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                                -04-19-2013, 10:36 AM
                              • AvengerRam
                                Av's 7 Round Rams Mock
                                by AvengerRam
                                Here is my current projection:

                                Round 1(31): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
                                There are several LBs/EDGE rushers I covet, but I fear that they will all be gone before the Rams make their selection. Looking at my board, I'm projecting that Lawrence will be the guy. He would immediately replace Ndamukong Suh, and provide a real barrier to opposing teams looking to run between the tackles.

                                Round 3(94): Connor McGovern, OT/OG, Penn State
                                I like his size (6'5, 323) and versatility (played both OT and OG in college). He has a bit of rawness to him, but is the type of player I believe the Rams could "coach up" to a level where he could be a very effective starter.

                                Round 3(99): Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama
                                Miller was buried within an elite roster and hampered by minor injuries at Alabama, but still showed some real playmaking flashes. I think he's a guy who could prove to be a real steal if he gets in the right system and stays healthy.

                                Round 4(133): Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
                                Have to like his numbers (6'0, 195, 4.42 forty) and his ball skills (9 interceptions in college). He'd be a good understudy behind Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, who are both set to be UFAs in 2020.

                                Round 5(169): David Long, LB, West Virginia
                                I won't be surprised if the Rams supplement their LB corps with a veteran acquisition (*NOTE* I wrote that before we signed Clay Matthews) but, right now, adding some young talent makes sense. Long is undersized at (5'11, 227 lbs.) but is very fast (4.45) and always near the ball (111 tackles, 19 TFL, 8 sacks). I'm sure Wade Phillips could find a role for him.

                                Round 6(203): Tony Pollard, RB/RS, Memphis
                                I admit that this may be wishful thinking, as Pollard could be gone earlier on Day 3, but he's an intriguing prospect who can run, catch and return kicks. Sean McVay would enjoy finding uses for him.

                                Will Harris, S, Boston College
                                Excellent athlete with upside. The Rams filled the immediate need at safety with the signing of Eric Weddle, but they'll need to groom a replacement. We did well with our last BC safety, so why not go back to the well?
                                -03-20-2019, 07:34 AM
                              • Rambos
                                Seven Round Mock
                                by Rambos
                                I used walterFootball to set the round that the player might be available. I haven’t changed my position as to which player I’d take at the top of the second but hey if we could get one in the second and one in the third I’d take them both. Hansen in the fourth would be interesting from Cal he and Goff did not have a chance to play much together but he was very productive in his last year. In 2015 Goff and Hansen connected on 19 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown in Hansen’s first season.


                                Round 2) JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
                                Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. Arm: 32.88. Hand: 10.5.
                                40 Time: 4.54.
                                Projected Round (2017): 2-3.


                                Round 3) Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
                                Height: 6-3. Weight: 235. Arm: 32.33. Hand: 10.
                                40 Time: 4.42.
                                Projected Round (2017): 2-3.


                                Round 4) Chad Hansen, WR, California
                                Height: 6-2. Weight: 202. Arm: 32.13. Hand: 10.13.
                                40 Time: 4.53.
                                Projected Round (2017): 2-4.


                                Round 4) Kendell Beckwith*, ILB, LSU
                                Height: 6-2. Weight: 252. Arm: 33.
                                Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
                                Projected Round (2017): 3-5.


                                Round 5) Jon Toth, C, Kentucky
                                Height: 6-4. Weight: 308. Arm: 33.13. Hand: 10.
                                40 Time: 5.51.
                                Projected Round (2017): 3-5.


                                Round 6) Orion Stewart, S, Baylor
                                Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
                                Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
                                Projected Round (2017): 4-6.


                                Round 6) Dwayne Thomas, CB, LSU
                                Height: 6-0. Weight: 186.
                                Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
                                Projected Round (2017): 4-6.


                                Round 7) Kareem Are, G, Florida State
                                Height: 6-6. Weight: 334.
                                Projected 40 Time: 5.19.
                                Projected Round (2017): 5-7....
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