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  • Av's 7 Round Rams Mock

    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?

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    I don't know enough about the college game to call picks. I do hope that the Cardinals surprise everyone and take Bosa with #1, because that is the name of the big local donut chain here in Phoenix.

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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
    • AvengerRam
      Av's FINAL 2019 7 Round Rams Mock
      by AvengerRam
      Here's my final projection:

      Round 1(31): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
      After much deliberation, I’m sticking with Lawrence as my pick for the Rams. I’m not certain he’ll be there, but if he is, I think the opportunity to get a guy who could single-handedly improve the run defense (which was a problem for much of 2018), would be too good to pass up. If he’s gone, I’d say Jerry Tillery of Notre Dame is a strong possibility (provided that the Rams want to move Michael Brockers back to NT), and my “wild cards” would be Erik McCoy, C/OG, Texas A&M and Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State. Lawrence is my guy, though, so I’m hoping to see him next to Aaron Donald next Fall. Alternate: Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame

      Round 3(94): Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
      I previously had Bunting going late to the Rams, but I think he’ll be taken on Day 2. If the Rams could snag him here, they’d have a CB with nice size (6’0, 195) and very good speed (4.42) to team up with Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters in 2019, and move into a starting spot in the future. You can never have too many quality CBs. Alternate: David Long, CB, Michigan

      Round 3(99): Nate Davis, OL, North Carolina-Charlotte
      This is a bit of an under-the-radar pick. Davis played at a smaller school and had a few issues in his college career, but has emerged as a sleeper pick for many. He spent most of his career at OT in college, but projects as an OG. I believe he could compete for Austin Blythe’s spot right away, and would bring more size (316 lbs) to the position. The Rams had a private workout with Davis, so he’s at least on their radar. Alternate: Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State

      Round 4(133): David Long, LB, West Virginia
      Another guy who was on my previous mock, but at a later spot. My thinking on Long is that, while the Rams may want to incorporate bigger players at the ILB position (Matthews, Kiser), there are also situations in which they would prefer to have a guy who is more like Mark Barron – a hybrid player who has the speed to keep up with TEs and RBs coming out of the backfield. Long (4.45 forty) has that kind of speed. He also could be used in blitz packages, as he excelled in that area. Alternate: Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida

      Round 5 (169): Will Harris, S, Boston College
      Despite having signed Erik Weddle, the Rams have shown a lot of interest in safeties, having met with many prospects. I think this is due to (1) Weddle’s age, and (2) the desire to have strong DB depth. Harris would join his fellow Boston College alum, John Johnson, and brings great size (6’1, 207) and speed (4.41). Alternate: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami

      Round 6(203): Kerryth Whyte, Jr., RB/KR, Florida Atlantic
      I believe that Sean McVay would like to add a guy who can provide additional big play potential to the offense. Whyte is a speedster (4.37 forty) who had TDs of 77 and 75 yards last year. He would immediately...
      -04-19-2019, 10:10 AM
    • AvengerRam_old
      Av's Senior Bowl Week Rams 7 Round Mock Draft (Version 3.0)
      by AvengerRam_old
      Time for another update!

      As always, I'm not projecting any trades.

      I'm also adding a 7th round pick from the Colts for the Josh Gordy trade (though the pick, as far as I know, remains undisclosed).

      Round 1(2): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (no change)
      I'm still going with Matthews with the Rams' first selection. He provides the Rams with leverage against Rodger Saffold's agent, and insurance for Jake Long. I also like the fact that, with Matthews, you don't need to use the words "upside" or "potential." By stayin in school one year longer than he had to, he's demonstrated that his game is developed and ready for the NFL.

      Round 1(13): Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama (Prior Selection: Justin Gilbert)
      The Rams need a "center fielder" for their defense. Clinton-Dix is a player who can fill that role as a rookie. Sometimes, we over-think and over-analyze prospects, instead of just trusting what we see on the field. I remember watching the 2013 BCS Championship game, which featured several future NFL defenders, and thinking "that Clinton-Dix guy is the best defensive player in this game."

      Round 2: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska (Prior Selection: Gabe Jackson)
      From sleeper to keeper! In today's NFL, you need (at least) three starting-quality CBs. Jean-Baptiste, who is getting rave reviews at the Senior Bowl practices, would provide a unique size and skill package that is needed against the big WRs and TEs that the Rams will face. He also will enhance the run defense with his physicality.

      Round 3: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi (Prior Selection: Denzel Perryman)
      Perryman is returning to school, and I think that Jackson may last to the 3rd round. If he does, the Rams would be able to add a mauler for the run game who could help counter the NFC West's tough front 7s. While Jackson is not known to be a nimble pass blocker, he should be fairly immune to the bull rush.

      Round 4: Christian Jones, LB, Florida State (Prior Selection: Jimmy Garoppolo)
      Garoppolo will likely be long gone by this point, so I had to go in another direction. Jones could jump in and start at SLB, while also providing depth at the other two LB spots. He has good range and should test well at the Combine.

      Round 5: Antonio Andrews, RB, Western Kentucky (Prior Selection: Max Bullough)
      Andrews was my selection at this point in my Version 1.0 Mock, and I'm going back to him. He was extremely productive, both as a runner and a receiver. He has a "bowling ball" type build (5'10, 225), much like Zac Stacy. I'm also happy to hear that he has done well picking up the blitz in Senior Bowl practices.

      Round 6: Jeff Matthews, QB, Cornell (Prior Selection: Deandre Coleman)
      Here's a developmental QB who is more in the Rams' price range. Matthews opened some eyes at the East-West
      ...
      -01-23-2014, 02:15 PM
    • AvengerRam_old
      Av's Rams 7 Round Mock (3/20/13)
      by AvengerRam_old
      Here's my current projection, based upon who I think could be available, who I believe the Rams might be targeting, and who I hope they select:

      Round 1 (#16): Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
      I'm about 50/50 on whether Warmack will make it this far, but he is, in my opinion, too good a prospect to pass up. He'd be an immediate starter and, along with the addition of Jake Long, would give the Rams the most talented OL its had in years.

      Round 1 (#22): Tavon Austin, WR, West...
      -03-21-2013, 04:42 PM
    • AvengerRam
      RFE's 7 Round Rams Mock Draft (Version 1.0)
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      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....
      -03-13-2017, 03:08 PM
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