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  • Nick’s “No First Rounder? No Problem!” Mock Draft 2.0

    Well, the last time I made a mock, the Rams were still sitting pretty with the 23rd overall pick. Now, that’s been moved to New England in exchange for Brandin Cooks, and Rams fans may have to wait until late Friday night to see the team make their first selection.

    It’s hard enough to predict what’s going to happen in the first round of the draft, let alone late into Day Two and Three, but using the FanSpeak draft simulator loaded up with rankings from CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso, here’s one look at how the Rams could do…

    87: R3P23: LORENZO CARTER, OLB, GEORGIA
    -The Rams traded one Bulldog linebacker away this offseason (Ogletree), but if the stars align, could find themselves with a chance to add another in Carter. The Norcross native had an inconsistent career at Georgia but seemed to be finding his stride as a senior, then excelled at Combine testing. He’s a lean missile off the edge, and could help the Rams replace some of the pass rush prowess they lost after trading Robert Quinn.

    111: R4P11: AUSTIN CORBETT, OL, NEVADA
    -Corbett reminds me of one of those “jack of all trades” types of prospect. He doesn’t really excel at one thing, but is polished and solid all the way around. He was a team captain as a sophomore, and has spent a lot of time at left tackle. But his future probably lies inside, either at guard or center.

    135: R4P35: MICAH KISER, LB, VIRGINIA
    -A guy like Kiser isn’t going to completely replace Alec Ogletree as an inside linebacker, but he’s a physical presence who can go to work inside the box and make an impact as a rotational player or even two down type. He’s the kind of prospect I could see Wade Phillips liking and molding into a workable starter in this scheme.

    136: R4P36: MARK WALTON, RB, MIAMI (FLA.)
    -I hadn’t intended to go running back this high in the simulation, but Walton was available here and, with three fourth round picks, I thought perhaps he was a luxury I could afford. I like his potential as a change of pace and third down back, knowing that the Rams will only succeed if they’re able to keep starter Todd Gurley healthy and occasionally rested during the season.

    176: R6P2: JOSEY JEWELL, LB, IOWA
    -Iowa has a number of linebackers playing in the NFL, and I think Jewell is going to add his name to the list as a solid Day 3 prospect for whoever gets him. He doesn’t have ideal size or physical traits, but here’s a guy with a lot of motor and instincts whom coaches are going to want on their unit. Between Kiser and Jewell, combined with Littleton and Hager, I think the Rams could fill the void next to Mark Barron.

    183: R6P9: ISAAC YIADOM, DB, BOSTON COLLEGE
    -The Rams are pretty set for the immediate future at cornerback, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be looking at guys who could help them in the long term at the position. In Yiadom, I see a guy who has positive size and toughness and would benefit learning behind some real pros and under this coaching staff.

    194: R6P20: DURHAM SMYTHE, TE, NOTRE DAME
    -The Rams had a blocking tight end in Derek Carrier last season, but he’s moved on to join the Oakland Raiders. While I think the Rams will continue to develop Everett and Higbee as their two primary options at the position, they might consider a blocking specialist here in the late rounds to fill Carrier’s role.

    195: R6P21: ALEX CAPPA, OL, HUMBOLDT STATE
    -Cappa is an intriguing small school guy, California native, who could develop into a depth swing tackle or guard, or perhaps more under the right coaching. You don’t find many 6’7” guys with his movement skills, and the Rams certainly could use some depth along the offensive line.


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    If this mock came about I would be over the top with joy. Some of these players being available as late as you have them is a debatable issue. My only question is why do you have Jewell after taking Kiser earlier. Jewell from what I've read isn't very athletic but is highly instinctual. I'm not certain either would be a starter in year 1, So it begs the question why.

    If I may suggest, we should look at cornerbacks who fill the void left by Webster being cut. Just saw you have Yiadom who plays CB, but I was looking at Dane Cruikshank from AZ. Love the mock and please forward a copy to Les Snead, although with no Auburn Tigers he may quibble.

    Go Rams!
    Last edited by mde8352gorams; -04-13-2018, 07:51 PM.

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    • #3
      I like Carter a lot, and would definitely take him at #87, but I doubt he’ll get past Round 2.

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        Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post
        If this mock came about I would be over the top with joy. Some of these players being available as late as you have them is a debatable issue. My only question is why do you have Jewell after taking Kiser earlier. Jewell from what I've read isn't very athletic but is highly instinctual. I'm not certain either would be a starter in year 1, So it begs the question why.

        If I may suggest, we should look at cornerbacks who fill the void left by Webster being cut. Just saw you have Yiadom who plays CB, but I was looking at Dane Cruikshank from AZ. Love the mock and please forward a copy to Les Snead, although with no Auburn Tigers he may quibble.

        Go Rams!
        Yeah, I agree that some of these guys - Carter, particularly - lasting this long would be ideal and is certainly debatable. I'm not too hung up on it for two reasons: (1) we see guys fall every year whom we thought would go a round earlier, and (2) it's a simulation using those rankings, so it's not my optimism driving the mock but who the simulation had available when the Rams' pick came up. I've done the simulation twice and both times have tried to stick to reputable rankings to try and keep some semblance of realism.

        One of the reasons I went back to Jewell after already taking Kiser was his value at the time. I liked him in the sixth round and thought he could be a contributor in some manner, be it special teams or perhaps more. I really enjoy prospects like Jewell who may not be the most athletic or the best physical specimens but have the intensity, instincts, and motor to earn a spot on the team. I would view Kiser as the favorite to compete with Littleton and Wilson to start next to Barron, but Jewell I think provides some quality depth with the attitude to maybe become more.

        Cornerback was one of those positions where I was looking each round to try and find value, and until I got into the sixth round, it was hard to justify passing on the guys I took for the corners who were available. But I agree it's a spot where the Rams could look for immediate depth that can perhaps become a long term contributor. Cruikshank was one guy I had a chance to take, but ended up going another direction due to what I perceived as better value. But I would not be surprised at all to see the Rams pull the trigger on one earlier than expected if the right guy is there, to groom behind their current group.

        Thanks for the feedback!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
          I like Carter a lot, and would definitely take him at #87, but I doubt he’ll get past Round 2.
          I would tend to agree, but that's the way the FanSpeak simulation went. CBS Sports, whose rankings were used in this particular attempt, has Carter ranked 75th.

          But Draft Countdown and GBN Report have him in the Top 40, and Daniel Jeremiah has him just inside the Top 50. So my gut says we'd be very fortunate to see him still there in the third round. Still, CBS isn't completely on an island in their lower ranking; Walter Football has Carter outside the Top 80. There are consistency issues that could push him down boards, but then you've got plus athleticism that could send him higher. We won't know until we know.

          I mean, one could hypothetically drop the Walton pick from the projection and combine it with the Rams' third rounder to trade up for Carter, if that seems more believable.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nick View Post

            Yeah, I agree that some of these guys - Carter, particularly - lasting this long would be ideal and is certainly debatable. I'm not too hung up on it for two reasons: (1) we see guys fall every year whom we thought would go a round earlier, and (2) it's a simulation using those rankings, so it's not my optimism driving the mock but who the simulation had available when the Rams' pick came up. I've done the simulation twice and both times have tried to stick to reputable rankings to try and keep some semblance of realism.

            One of the reasons I went back to Jewell after already taking Kiser was his value at the time. I liked him in the sixth round and thought he could be a contributor in some manner, be it special teams or perhaps more. I really enjoy prospects like Jewell who may not be the most athletic or the best physical specimens but have the intensity, instincts, and motor to earn a spot on the team. I would view Kiser as the favorite to compete with Littleton and Wilson to start next to Barron, but Jewell I think provides some quality depth with the attitude to maybe become more.

            Cornerback was one of those positions where I was looking each round to try and find value, and until I got into the sixth round, it was hard to justify passing on the guys I took for the corners who were available. But I agree it's a spot where the Rams could look for immediate depth that can perhaps become a long term contributor. Cruikshank was one guy I had a chance to take, but ended up going another direction due to what I perceived as better value. But I would not be surprised at all to see the Rams pull the trigger on one earlier than expected if the right guy is there, to groom behind their current group.

            Thanks for the feedback!
            Points well taken. I too want the Rams to take the BPA, although as we move into the later rounds that becomes less of a direction to go. I agree with your thinking about Jewell, he could be a diamond in the rough. I did think, after my post that we need to add some depth on the O-Line, primarily OG's and C as this isn't a very strong draft for OT's. Cappa strikes me as a real character, he should play for a California team.

            Go Rams!

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