St. Louis Rams 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
St. Louis Rams 7 Round Mock Draft Post Combine Edition
The St. Louis Rams are like an underperforming stock right now. They have all kinds of untapped potential, but their share price is still low. So, what would a savvy investor tell you to do? That’s right! It’s time to buy low on the Rams.
They’ve drafted well the last few years and have one of the better young defenses in the league. They get after the passer extremely well, and after this draft they might have the best defensive line in the league. Something their division rivals in the pacific northwest don’t want to hear, but that group has maybe one year left before the salary cap blows them up anyway.
Speaking of the ridiculously hard NFC West division that has been keeping the Rams down the last few years, it’s about to get much easier in a year or two. Once the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks have to pay their quarterbacks, neither will have enough cap space to field such deep, talented squads.
St. Louis has pieces to build with on both sides of the ball. They’re young and talented, and once the division gets better they will be in perfect position to take over the top spot.
I like the Rams, I even think that Sam Bradford is good enough to win with, but they need another big draft if they want to keep stockpiling enough talent to eventually have their breakout year. With two first-round picks and four in the first 110, the Rams have the ammunition to have another really good draft class.
First Round (2 Overall) - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
While I actually think the Rams will auction this pick off, for the sake of this mock I'm giving them the best player available at No. 2. The Houston Texans aren't taking Jadeveon Clowney. They already took a pass rusher first overall recently and they're right back where they started. They're going to talk themselves into one of the quarterbacks at the top spot. Clowney falls to the Rams and they lock up the most talented guy in the draft.
First Round (13 Overall) - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
The Rams need a prototypical receiver to line up outside and take defensive pressure away from Tavon Austin. Kelvin Benjamin looked good at the combine and would be an immediate red-zone threat for the Rams.
Third Round (11, 75 Overall) - Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
The Rams need to get better on the offensive line in this draft. I think they'll bring back Rodger Saffold at tackle, so they're likely to go guard in the draft. UCLA big man Xavier Su'a-Filo projects as a mauling, run-blocking left guard who can improve his pass blocking skills.
Fourth Round (10, 106 Overall) - David Yankey, OG, Stanford
Keeping with the offensive line theme, David Yankey is a versatile interior lineman who can compete for playing time. He doesn't have elite physical skills, but he was a captain at Stanford so you know he will bring good leadership and work ethic.
Fifth Round (13, 141 Overall) - Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabam
The Rams need to get younger, and cheaper, at safety in this draft. Vinnie Sunseri has been a mainstay on the defense for Alabama the last two years. A coach's son, Sunseri was the coach on the field for the complicated Crimson Tide defense. He has average physical skills, but has above-average football intelligence.
Sixth Round (12, 172 Overall) - Deion Belue, CB, Alabama
Another talented Alabama defensive back, Deion Belue can compete for playing time on special teams and as a backup corner. He can struggle to defend the deep ball at times, but has some raw skills that are worth taking at this point in the draft.
Seventh Round (11, 203 Overall) - Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan
Jeremy Gallon is one of my favorite sleepers in the draft this year. His lack of size will let him slip, but he has an intriguing skill set. More of a running back playing receiver, he could be a good backup for the Tavon Austin role and can contribute on special teams too.