Los Angeles Rams 7-round 2021 mock draft after Matthew Stafford trade

Los Angeles Rams 2021 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
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Ben Cleveland, 2021 NFL Draft
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With multiple compensatory third-round selections coming the Los Angeles Rams’ way in the 2021 NFL Draft, there is a strong possibility this team could still find a day one starter on the offensive line.

The Rams’ interior line (from LG, C, RG) of David Edwards, Austin Blythe, and Austin Corbett could be upgraded regardless and might even be the focus of their top selection in this draft.

With that being said, in this simulation, Ben Cleveland was available in the late third round, and it would be tough for the Rams to pass a player like that up.

Cleveland is a big, strong, powerful interior offensive lineman who could step in from day one and start at guard.

After adding a mountain of a man for the offensive line with the previous pick, we added the 6-foot-3, 346-pound nose tackle out of LSU for the Rams’ defense here.

Tyler Shelvin didn’t play in 2020 (opt-out) but he showed that he is more than capable of being an NFL 0T/1T on a full-time basis in the two-season (17 game) sample size we have been given.

Shelvin may not be a three-down pass-rushing menace, but he can clog up space on the interior and that has value in the type of defense the Rams want to run.

Shelvin’s size and strength combination makes him very difficult for teams to block one-on-one, and he’s proven he’s capable of ditching even combo blocks with relative ease.