Crafting an entire mock draft with spot-on accuracy is a difficult task, but looking at a particular team is a much more feasible undertaking. The St. Louis Rams have a glaring need at the wide receiver position where the club lost its only true playmaker in Brandon Lloyd to the New England Patriots in free agency.
That immediate need at wideout is pressing, but history suggests that chasing a receiver in the early part of the draft (particularly the top ten) is a fifty-fifty proposition. You only need to look at the Detroit Lions to realize that as the club selected Charles Rogers and Mike Williams in the top ten (both of whom were busts) but also picked Calvin Johnson a few years ago.
For the Rams, this means that the team could potentially roll the dice on a Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd with the sixth overall pick, or they could wait until the top of the second round to fill that need. In the perfect world, the club can wait until round two and still land that dynamic receiving threat that they have been lacking.
ROUND 1, 6TH OVERALL – FLETCHER COX – The team had him in for visit and many scouts believe he possesses top five talent. To land another defensive difference maker to add to an already stout defensive front could really catapult the Rams defense to another level.
ROUND 2, 33RD OVERALL – RUEBEN RANDLE – He was also in for visit and really fits the Rams well on offense. Ran a 4.42 40 time at his pro day and show the speed to separate from defenders on tape that will make him a true threat at the next level.
ROUND 2, 38TH OVERALL – KELECHI OSEMELE – Yet another player who was in for a visit and has the mauling mentality that the Rams desperately need. Many scouts tout Cordy Glenn as the best guard prospect in this draft, but Osemele has all of the tools needed to be a carbon copy for a much cheaper price.
Landing three prospects like this in upcoming draft seems highly possible for the Rams and would allow the team to fill all of their primary needs in the early rounds of the draft. If the club can find additional depth at key positions in the later rounds to further solidify their roster, the Rams franchise could find itself on the brink of a turnaround sooner rather than later.