The St. Louis Rams are armed with two first round picks, numbers 2 and 13. They have five picks in the first 110 and a chance to really upgrade their roster in this draft.
Earlier this offseason, we took a look at the Rams’ needs for the draft and now we want to take a look at some possibilities for their draft picks with a full seven round mock draft based on a composite of our rankings, the rankings of experts, and players who would fit well in the Rams’ scheme as well as their current most pressing needs.
1. First Round, 2nd overall: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Personally, I believe Khalil Mack would be a fantastic pick for the Rams and I think you have to leave the door open to that at this point, but Robinson has a chance to be one of the elite left tackles in the NFL before too long and the Rams might not be willing to pass up on that. Even after signing Jake Long to a monster deal last offseason.
2. First Round, 13th overall: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
The Rams have an obvious need at safety next to T.J. McDonald on the back end, and Clinton-Dix is the best free safety in the draft. With great range and playmaking ability, he’d provide the Rams with yet another young playmaker for their defense and a guy who can help create turnovers from a fruitful pass rush.
3. Second Round, 44th overall: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
Very solid athlete at the CB position with great size, length, and speed. Gaines has a chance to really flourish with the Rams just as Janoris Jenkins did as a young player coming out. In the 2nd round, he’s a good value at a position of need for St. Louis which released veteran Cortland Finnegan this offseason.
4. Third Round, 75th overall: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
The Rams need to draft a potential successor for Sam Bradford at QB if things don’t work out there. McCarron comes from a storied program where all he did was win football games. I happen to feel like McCarron has a very good skillset that could translate to the NFL as well.
5. Fourth Round, 110th overall: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
Mammoth defensive tackle prospect would be a nice value for the Rams here and could shine in their scheme with some discipline and seasoning.
6. Fifth Round, 153rd overall: Khairi Fortt, LB, California
Versatile linebacker who can also give the Rams a boost on special teams and has starting potential at the next level. This would be a really solid value pick in the 5th round.
7. Sixth Round, 188th overall: Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff, OT, McGill (Canada)
Sleeper offensive tackle prospect in the sixth round that has plenty of physical tools and could develop into a starter down the road.
8. Sixth Round, 214th overall: Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State
Very productive Big Ten linebacker who is undersized but could be a really nice value late in the draft as a potential special teams ace.
9. Seventh Round, 226th overall: Kerry Wynn, DL, Richmond
Versatile DE/DT who can provide some upside to the Rams’ rotation up front and a really intriguing, athletic 6’5″ 270 pound frame. Perhaps comparable to Malik Jackson of the Broncos.
10. Seventh Round, 241st overall: Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU
Intriguing 6’4″ 225 pound receiver prospect who was really highly touted as a freshman and has dropped off a bit as a prospect, but would add some more size to the Rams’ WR competition.
11. Seventh Round, 249th overall: Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
High upside seventh round pick and a guy who played a lot of quality football for Notre Dame, and a player who could help out immediately on special teams.
12. Seventh Round, 250th overall: Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville
An all-conference player for Louisville all four years he played, Smith is the type of seventh round ‘glue guy’ that teams covet with a chance to stick on the roster.