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  • Nick's "Wait, we've only got a month to go?" Rams Mock Draft (ver. 1)

    We are a little less than a month away from the NFL Draft, so i thought I’d throw together a Rams mock. I used The Draft Network’s mock draft simulator, which I’m finding fascinating and enjoyable every time I use it. Here are the results I got from today’s simulation, with some explanations behind the picks...


    1.31: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
    -With this pick, I was prioritizing offensive and defensive linemen as well as edge rushers, but Baker was the best value on the board. Both Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib are entering contract years, and even if the Rams bring Peters back, Talib is 33-years-old and shouldn’t be counted on for the long haul. Baker might be a bit of luxury pick, but it allows the Rams to groom an eventual starter at a position that is very important to Wade Phillips’s scheme.

    3.94: Connor McGovern, OL, Penn State
    -The Rams obviously need offensive line help, whether it’s merely depth behind some worthy starters or someone to push for starting time along the inside. McGovern was again one of the best values on the board at this spot, and I think he offers the Rams starter potential down the road. Austin Blythe is a free agent after this year, and eventually Joe Noteboom will shift to left tackle. McGovern could be groomed to take the left or right guard spot in 2020 while providing immediate depth.

    3.99: Daylon Mack, DL, Texas A&M
    -Many mocks have the Rams looking for defensive tackle help in the first round, and rightfully so. While the Rams have replaced LaMarcus Joyner and have retained Dante Fowler, they haven’t filled the hole left by Ndamukong Suh. Texas A&M’s Daylon Mack is surprisingly explosive for his size, and can help in run defense the way Suh was expected to.

    4.133: Wyatt Ray, LB, Boston College
    -The Rams brought Dante Fowler back on a one-year contract, so he’s still essentially in that “prove me” stage with the team. I don’t think he’s done enough to warrant a big extension, but his addition certainly improved the defense in 2018. That being said, the Rams need more help rushing the passer from guys not named Aaron Donald. Clay Matthews will be a short term option across from Fowler, and while the Rams have some bodies they’d like to see develop, it’s worth taking a shot on another one here on Day Three with Ray.

    5.169: Will Harris, DB, Boston College
    -I kind of feel that Harris being available in the fifth round was a bit of a steal in this simulation, but I might be higher on him than some. Harris, to me, is just an all around solid player. He’s probably not going to wow you, but he is a reliable starter at the college level who could learn for a year or two behind Weddle before eventually - maybe - taking his place in the starting line-up. Worst case scenario, a guy like Harris sticks on your roster as a valuable backup and special teams player.

    6.203: Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan
    -Four of the last five picks have been on defense, so that played into my thought process here a bit. I’m not sure that there are tremendous needs on the offensive side of the ball that haven’t been addressed, but adding some competition to the backfield may be one area to look at. We’re all crossing our fingers and toes that Todd Gurley returns to form after a restful offseason, and the Rams did bring back Malcolm Brown as a restricted free agent. To me, Higdon profiles as an aggressive runner who could carve out a role as someone who could spell Gurley for a handful of carries if needed.

    7.251: Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson
    -Lamar is a beefcake presence on the inside, and after watching Mark Barron try to fill an inside linebacker role, Lamar’s huge frame may be a welcome change. I don’t foresee the Clemson standout earning immediate playing time, but his size would be appealing as someone who could mix in on different packages or at least contribute on special teams.




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    Cool, thanks Nick. 1 - 5 certainly covers the teams needs...

    Personally, I think the Rams are quietly high on Kiser and won't be grabbing an extra middle LB. Instead, I see it more likely they use the 6th on another OL for depth and camp competition, and if they grab a runner, wait til the 7th for that.


    EDIT: nevermind... allow me to back off my previous comment. I thought we had Hager for one more year before he was UFA. With Kiser's promotion, Rams would need another beefy guy for backup and special teams.
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    • #3
      Nick, I take my hat off to you for your mock effort. I have no disagreements with these selections although Baker is a bit of a diva who may rival Peters for the most difficult personality in the locker room. Personally, if he's there I prefer Rock Ya Sin.

      I really don't want to derail your post, but in truth, I see the Rams trading down from #31 into the 2nd round if they get a deal that works for them. To me this draft is very thin past the early top 10-12 picks. I feel the Rams don't want to pay first round money to a day 2 talent. This draft is a mid round value type draft, imo. The best evidence is WalterFootball in their prospect rankings using rounds 1-3 as their projected selection for many top ranked players. Les Snead may earn his salary in this draft as a master trader.

      Go Rams!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by KoaKoi View Post
        Cool, thanks Nick. 1 - 5 certainly covers the teams needs...

        Personally, I think the Rams are quietly high on Kiser and won't be grabbing an extra middle LB. Instead, I see it more likely they use the 6th on another OL for depth and camp competition, and if they grab a runner, wait til the 7th for that.


        EDIT: nevermind... allow me to back off my previous comment. I thought we had Hager for one more year before he was UFA. With Kiser's promotion, Rams would need another beefy guy for backup and special teams.
        I'm hoping Kiser can step in and fill one of those starting ILB spots next to Littleton. but as you said, there really isn't any depth behind them. I wouldn't be surprised if the Rams brought in a veteran at the minimum deal when it was all said and done, but they could look in the later rounds for a solid situational fill in/special teams guy.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post
          Nick, I take my hat off to you for your mock effort. I have no disagreements with these selections although Baker is a bit of a diva who may rival Peters for the most difficult personality in the locker room. Personally, if he's there I prefer Rock Ya Sin.

          I really don't want to derail your post, but in truth, I see the Rams trading down from #31 into the 2nd round if they get a deal that works for them. To me this draft is very thin past the early top 10-12 picks. I feel the Rams don't want to pay first round money to a day 2 talent. This draft is a mid round value type draft, imo. The best evidence is WalterFootball in their prospect rankings using rounds 1-3 as their projected selection for many top ranked players. Les Snead may earn his salary in this draft as a master trader.

          Go Rams!
          Well if there's one thing we know about the current Rams regime, it's that they aren't afraid to take on personalities.

          And no derailment happening at all - I also think the most likely scenario is working out a trade down. That's probably more likely than any one player, but TDN's site wouldn't allow me to entertain simulated trade offers.

          I like Ya-Sin as well, and think he'd be a very solid choice. I wonder if the team could maybe get him with a move down into the high second round, but then again, you don't necessarily want to get too cute and lose out on a guy you like.

          There could potentially be some DL talent available with a possible trade down - Dexter Lawrence, Jerry Tillery, Jeffery Simmons - but then again, I could see situations where two or even all three of those guys go before the Rams pick.

          There could be some good offensive line help as well, either at #31 or early on the second day if the Rams trade down. I know the Rams think they have their interior basically set for 2019 with Noteboom and Allen, but with Joe moving outside eventually to take Whitworth's spot, and IMO I don't know how confident I am in Blythe long term, so an interior blocker would be a solid choice. I would give two thumbs up to Bradbury, Lindstrom, Risner, or even McCoy either at #31 or after a trade down.

          I think there are enough solid options in that late first round early to mid second round range to warrant a trade down and still being able to grab a guy that can help right away and for the long haul.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nick View Post

            Well if there's one thing we know about the current Rams regime, it's that they aren't afraid to take on personalities.

            And no derailment happening at all - I also think the most likely scenario is working out a trade down. That's probably more likely than any one player, but TDN's site wouldn't allow me to entertain simulated trade offers.

            I like Ya-Sin as well, and think he'd be a very solid choice. I wonder if the team could maybe get him with a move down into the high second round, but then again, you don't necessarily want to get too cute and lose out on a guy you like.

            There could potentially be some DL talent available with a possible trade down - Dexter Lawrence, Jerry Tillery, Jeffery Simmons - but then again, I could see situations where two or even all three of those guys go before the Rams pick.

            There could be some good offensive line help as well, either at #31 or early on the second day if the Rams trade down. I know the Rams think they have their interior basically set for 2019 with Noteboom and Allen, but with Joe moving outside eventually to take Whitworth's spot, and IMO I don't know how confident I am in Blythe long term, so an interior blocker would be a solid choice. I would give two thumbs up to Bradbury, Lindstrom, Risner, or even McCoy either at #31 or after a trade down.

            I think there are enough solid options in that late first round early to mid second round range to warrant a trade down and still being able to grab a guy that can help right away and for the long haul.
            You're right about the difficult personalities, plus there are enough solid vets on the team to quell any locker room disruptions. Also McVay seems very good at communicating with players and getting them to focus on the team's key objective.

            On the DL talent, Tillery scares me based on what I've read about him on WalterFootball and Simmons is probably a 2020 availability based on injury. Lawrence could be OK, but if I had to choose I'd want Christian Wilkens, his teammate. No assurances either will be there at #31. I keep wondering if no one offers Suh the money he wants, he drops to a level the Rams are happy and able to pay. He wants to stay on the West Coast.

            I like your O-Lineman prospects, but Bradbury appears to be a pure center, no option of playing guard. My fave is Lindstrom. He fits with your other BC picks.

            I can't remember being this unsure of how the Rams are approaching the draft.

            Go Rams!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post

              You're right about the difficult personalities, plus there are enough solid vets on the team to quell any locker room disruptions. Also McVay seems very good at communicating with players and getting them to focus on the team's key objective.

              On the DL talent, Tillery scares me based on what I've read about him on WalterFootball and Simmons is probably a 2020 availability based on injury. Lawrence could be OK, but if I had to choose I'd want Christian Wilkens, his teammate. No assurances either will be there at #31. I keep wondering if no one offers Suh the money he wants, he drops to a level the Rams are happy and able to pay. He wants to stay on the West Coast.

              I like your O-Lineman prospects, but Bradbury appears to be a pure center, no option of playing guard. My fave is Lindstrom. He fits with your other BC picks.

              I can't remember being this unsure of how the Rams are approaching the draft.

              Go Rams!
              Tillery has some red flags, no doubt. If you can control him off the field, the on-field product would be great next to Donald and Brockers. Simmons could be like a Jaylon Smith situation; maybe the impact this year is minimal if anything at all, but you're getting a Top 10 talent at a significantly reduced cost. I prefer Wilkins to Lawrence as well, but I don't think the former falls to the Rams. If he did, then I think it means moving Brockers back to the nose and having Wilkins play the defensive end/tackle spot. Whereas Lawrence definitely fills Suh's role in the nose. But I like Wilkins a lot as a fit for the Falcons, if they don't trade up for Ed Oliver.

              I can see Lindstrom sneaking into the first round, and I think he'd be a great fit for the Rams. I agree that Bradbury is more of a center than a guard, but I think he'd be a long term upgrade over Allen. And I like Allen, but I think you're looking at a guy in Bradbury who could take it to another level on the inside. I wouldn't rule out Cody Ford of OU if the league doesn't think he can play tackle and he gets pushed down the board. But all of this talk, and the Rams may be content with the starting group they have and bypass linemen here.

              It is tough to predict at this point, mostly because we're not used to having so many options. Bad Rams teams picking in the Top 5-10 are easier to peg down; there are only so many variables. Picking near the end of the round makes it that much more challenging.

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