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  • Nick's 2020 Senior Bowl Mock Draft (version 1.0)

    Senior Bowl practices have wrapped up, and it occurs to me that I've yet to put out a Rams mock draft this offseason. So here it is, the initial edition of what the Rams could look to do to help bolster their roster going in to 2020.

    This mock draft was completed using The Draft Networks mock draft simulator, for those interested.

    52. Josh Jones, OT, Houston
    -Jones finished Senior Bowl week with some strong showings, which could push him out of contention here. His athleticism and momentum may have him trending towards the first round, but if he’s available for the Rams in Round Two, he would be a great selection to shore up the left perimeter of the line in a post-Whitworth future.

    84. Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin
    -Going strong back to back on offensive linemen, as talent and depth across the line were a weak point in 2019. Anytime a team can draft a well-regarded Wisconsin offensive lineman, they should give it some consideration. The Badgers have had the most linemen drafted in the NFL since 2000. Biadasz seems like another who will be a strong contributor on the interior in the NFL.

    116. Alex Highsmith, EDGE, Charlotte
    -I have a feeling the Rams are not going to be able to retain Fowler, and while they have some young bodies at OLB, they could always use some more help. There’s a lot to like about Highsmith, who plays with effort and smarts and has the athletic ability to threaten the outside edge.

    155. Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami
    -Back to back OL to start, and back to back LB after that. I view Quarterman as a guy who could work inside. Good football head on his shoulders, was a leader for Miami’s defense, and can lay some big hits.

    179. Naquan Jones, IDL, Michigan State
    -The Rams are expected to stick with a base 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinate Brandon Staley, though they’ll incorporate some different looks. Jones is a guy who intrigues me for a few reasons. The size is there (listed at 6’4” & 338), and there is some pass rush potential as well. Worth a shot if he’s available here and the Rams haven’t added DL depth, especially if Brockers leaves.

    211. Kendrick Rogers, WR, Texas A&M
    -Brandin Cooks has some long term future questions with those concussions, and while I expect the Rams will extend Cooper Kupp, it’s a question mark at the moment. I’d like to see the team explore the idea of churning the bubble at receiver to see if they can add a contributor, and Rogers strikes me as a guy who has the kind of skills you’d like to see out of a bigger receiver.

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    Thanks Nick. The list certainly ticks off the various needs of the Rams...


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