It seems as though the Los Angeles Rams are rarely discussed when it comes to the NFL draft due to the fact they never have a first-round pick. In an open letter to Les Snead, I just want to know, is it something I said? Does the mock draft machine not run to your liking? Les, tell me what you’re looking for in the draft experience so we can get customer service on the line to get you guys to join the first-round party.
Until then, we’ll just have to keep running mock simulations with the Rams starting on day two. Though they don’t make their first pick until the 50s, the Rams do still have six picks to make the most of. New quarterback Matthew Stafford will need some new blood on the offensive line, and that’s where their focus will likely be within their three day-two selections.
Other than that, they have their defensive stars in Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald, but the roster around them could use some upgrades, especially in the front seven and at the linebacker level.
Here’s what a potential Rams seven-round mock draft could look like.
Round 2 (No. 57 overall): Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida
If length and size are what you prioritize with your offensive tackles, then Forsythe is your guy. At 6-foot-8 and 315 pounds, he’s a tough player to get around. He had a slow start to his career at Florida with plenty of early struggles. But in his final year at Florida, he really showed improvement and the arrow is certainly trending upward for him. He’s a good pass blocker right now, and the leverage concerns with his play via his bigger frame can be remedied.
Round 3 (No. 88 overall): Aaron Banks, IOL, Notre Dame
Banks is another massive offensive lineman who, along with Forsythe, could set up a theme for the Rams that “big people beat up little people” along their offensive line. At 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, Banks is a people-mover but he’s also quite the mover himself; Banks was much more nimble on his feet than I expected when pulling and executing zone-blocking plays. You probably won’t want him doing too much outside zone stuff—he’s still 340 pounds—but he would be a great addition in this range.
Round 3 (No. 103 overall): Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Moses has been on the unfortunate side of some major injuries at Alabama. After being one of the highest touted recruits in recent years, he tore his ACL prior to his junior season with the Tide in 2019. Moses’ play in 2020 was not nearly to the level we knew he was capable of before the injury. Moses came out after the season and said that he played with pain in his knee for nearly the whole year.
Health questions could cause him to slide, but at his best he’s a fast and smart linebacker who brings that coverage the Rams desperately need. Perhaps they’re the team to take a chance on him.
Round 4 (No. 141 overall): Cameron Sample, EDGE, Tulane
At 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, Sample will be one of the bigger, more versatile edge defenders in this class. He projects well as a 4-3 defensive end, but he has experience as a stand-up rusher, and even as a defensive end. Former defensive coordinator Brandon Staley might be gone, but the ideology to stay versatile along the defensive line will remain.
Round 6 (No. 209 overall): Rachad Wildgoose Jr., CB, Wisconsin
Wildgoose was only able to play in two games this past season due to a shoulder injury, but his career resume shows a cornerback with experience both on the outside and in the slot. Wildgoose is an aggressive cornerback who just needs more anticipation—and sometimes patience—with his play. But the Rams should love his versatility and his big-play ability.
Round 7 (No. 252 overall): Luke Farrell, TE, Ohio State
Farrell is the perfect depth player for the Rams. His style is that of a blocking tight end, and coming from Ohio State’s zone blocking and split zone blocking schemes, he can be an early contributor on heavy tight end sets. He doesn't bring a ton of upside in the passing game, but his depth value and special teams value would be best in a place like L.A.
- Dec 07, 2022
- Dec 07, 2022