Every Monday here at Ramblin’ Fan, we take you around the web to get a glimpse at who the Los Angeles Rams may take with the 15th overall pick in the NFL Draft. This is a big week as the NFL Combine begins on February 23rd. After having what seemed like every expert having the Rams selecting quarterback Paxton Lynch, experts were all over the place last week with offense still being the top priority. Here’s this week’s mock draft round-up.
NFL.com 4-Round Mock Draft – Chad Reuter
15th – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
"“A new town for the Rams (same as the old town) means the need for a new strong-armed, agile gunslinger at quarterback such as Paxton Lynch.”"
43. Los Angeles Rams: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
45. Los Angeles Rams: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
76. Los Angeles Rams: Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
107. Los Angeles Rams: Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin
Rang: Jared Goff, QB, California
"“With rookie Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley and the playmaking Tavon Austin on offense and the NFL’s most ferocious defensive line, the Rams are only a legitimate quarterback away from contention in the NFC West. Enter Goff, a local product sure to excite the “new” Los Angeles fan base. Goff lacks the build and arm strength scouts would prefer, but he is an instinctive quarterback who wins with anticipation and accuracy.”"
Brugler: Laquan Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
"“The Rams haven’t had much luck drafting the wide receiver position in the early rounds over the past 15 years, but Treadwell could change that trend.”"
15th – Laquan Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
"“The Rams could use a big receiver to pair with Tavon Austin. They need an upgrade over Kenny Britt, while Brian Quick didn’t pan out. Here’s a receiver who could help improve the passing offense for Los Angeles. Treadwell would also help the team’s blocking for Todd Gurley.The 6-foot-2, 229-pound Treadwell is a natural receiver who is good at winning 50-50 passes and running after the catch. However, he lacks the speed to separate from most NFL cornerbacks. Thus, he’s not a prospect on a par with A.J. Green, Julio Jones or Amari Cooper. The big wideout is a phenomenal blocker, however.In 2015, Treadwell had 82 receptions for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. He recorded 48 receptions for 632 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 before an ugly injury ended his season. Treadwell caught 72 receptions for 608 yards with five scores in 2013.”"
15th – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
"“Of all the 31 teams currently in Round 1 (sorry, New England), I might argue that the Rams are most likely to take a quarterback at their current slot. The Browns might not fall in love with a QB enough to justify taking one with the No. 2 pick, the Texans could be too low to nab their future starter and there are few other obvious landing spots. But Los Angeles can open its new era by taking the high-upside Wentz, then seeing what he can do in camp.”"
43. Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
45. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio StateBleacher Reports Pre-Combine Mock Draft – Justis Mosqueda
15th – Laquan Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
"“In 2013, the St. Louis Rams drafted Tavon Austin in the first round after years of the team kicking the can at the receiver position. Last year, the West Virginia product finally started to come on, with his main threat being in the counter run game. The Rams, who now are moving to Los Angeles, still need a traditional receiver.Laquon Treadwell is about as traditional as pass-catchers come. He was a blue-chip prospect heading to the University of Mississippi, and he met the expectations set out for him. He’s essentially Dez Bryant with a slower projected 40-yard dash.Treadwell aggressively attacks balls and then fights for every extra yard possible after the catch. Early-career Anquan Boldin production shouldn’t be out of the question—should Los Angeles manage to land a quarterback.”"
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As you can see, offense is still the top priority for the Rams. In fact, in Reuter’s mock, he has three of the Rams’ first five selections being offense; Wentz, Boyd, and Allen. Reuter also has the Rams most likely replacing Johnson or Jenkins with Fuller in the second round.
In other mocks it looks like Treadwell, Lynch, and Wentz are still the top choices for the Rams. However, it is possible that all three of those players are gone by the time the Rams pick at 15. Wentz could be gone to the Cleveland Browns at 2, Lynch to the Philadelphia Eagles at 13, and Treadwell could go to the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, or San Francisco 49ers.
With free agency and the combine, but as of now, these are some names to look at as the Rams prepare for the NFL Draft.