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    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.
    Last edited by AvengerRam; -04-16-2018, 02:09 PM.

  • #2
    I like it. Of Smith, Evans and Vander Esch, I believe A) any of them could start from Day 1 in the middle, and B) one of them will be available at 23.
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.


    • #3
      Leighton Vander Esch, is just whats needed inside. Bigger stronger LB that can make plays and hold up against the Run. Suh is one and done IMO we will need some size going forward. Getting the edge rusher in round three is a smart move.


      • #4
        I couldn't agree with you more about Leighton Vander Esch. I have seen mocks where his stock is rising so fast, he may not be there at #23. The kid is a solid prospect whom I hope Wade will embrace. I'm sensing the same work ethic as Cooper Kupp. They probably grew up near one another (Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho). Very athletic too.

        I was hoping Lorenzo Carter would be there for us in round 3 but his stock has risen and he'll likely go in round 2. Not a Landry fan after reading he is better with a hand in the dirt v 2-point stance You have answered a question I've had for a while about Dante Pettis, whether he was related to Austin. Hope he's a better prospect. Should add that for the past few days I've seen Calvin Ridley dropping and if he's there at #23, I wouldn't put it past Sean McVay to grab an elite WR who runs precise routes, has great speed and has good YAC stats. We do need a vertical threat with Watkins leaving. Not advocating, just sayin'.

        Hope you're right that Clapp will last until round 6. I was on a Billy Price kick but without a 2nd rounder he's a reach at #23. With his rehab and Sullivan signed for 2 years thought it would be a good set-up.

        Final thought, with so many round 6 picks, I wouldn't be shocked if we took a QB as a back-up to Goff as Manion hasn't really distinguished himself in that role.

        Go Rams


        • #5
          I did this mock before the Rams traded for Brandin Cooks.

          Here is my (probably - don't think there will be more trades, but you never know) final version:

          Round 3 (87): Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB/Edge, Oklahoma
          I really like Okornokwo as a prospect for the Rams. He is a relentless pass rusher who I believe would do very well in Wade Phillips' scheme. The Rams have reportedly met with him, so I'm hoping this is a match.

          Round 4 (111): Micah Kiser, ILB, Virginia
          The knock on Kiser is that he's a two-down run stopper, rather than an every down LB. That's just fine for the Rams. They need a tackling machine for running downs. He'd likely sub out on passing downs, but that's all part of the plan.

          Round 4 (135): Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
          This is a good spot to take an OT to develop, and I like Christian's experience and upside.

          Round 4 (136): Dane Cruikshank, SS, Arizona
          Safety is a spot where the Rams can use some depth, and Cruikshank is a guy who could help the run defense. He's fast (4.41 forty) and a thumper.

          Round 6 (176): Will Clapp, OG/C, LSU
          Quality depth behind both Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan.

          Round 6 (183): Ito Smith, RB, Southern Mississippi
          I've had my eye on him for a while as a change-of-pace back. Nyheim Hines and Akrum Wadley are two others I like, but Smith is a more proven receiver.

          Round 6 (194): John Franklin-Myers, DE, Stephen F. Austin
          Someone who can give Donald and Brockers a breather is Dominique Easley doesn't work out.

          Round 6 (195): Du’Vonta Lampkin, DT, Oklahoma
          Big bodied depth at NT.

          Round 6 (198): Deon Yelder, TE, Western Kentucky
          Blocking TE.


          • #6
            Nice mock. I'm rather unsure what will be doing and when. They need depth on the O-Line and could use an ILB. At the Edge spot I think they want to use Ekuban and Longacre as starters but could use depth there too. Like you, I like Kizer, but I see him as a special teams player until he gets better on passing downs. I also like Cruikshank, but had him tabbed as a CB, not a safety. Different boards, different outlooks, right?

            If this mock holds, we could be the answer to a great trivia question, "what team has 2 TE's from Western Ky"? That is the 1 position I see yielding a starter for this season.

            Go Rams!


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              Round 1(31): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
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