While another NFL Draft was upon us, it was hard to meet the first overall pick with a great deal of anticipation. Sure we were unaware of which player the Rams were going to select, but we were willing to bet the house, and then some, that it would be Cal’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz; for what it’s worth, I think most of us were willing to bet the house on the pick being Goff. The draft featured many surprise picks and trades per usual, making it an ever-entertaining spectacle. Sadly, the Rams won’t be on the clock again until Saturday so here is a mock draft featuring their remaining picks.
4th Round (110): Jerrell Adams, TE (South Carolina):
Los Angeles was in dire need of a pass catching tight end before they cut Jared Cook, so the need has become increasingly important. I am also a proponent of giving your rookie quarterback sufficient weapons which is what Adams will provide. He is 6’5,” 247 pounds with long arms (34 3/8″) that create a large catch radius with desirable athleticism and speed (4.64) to challenge defenses and create mismatches down the seam. After the catch, Adams is an elusive runner who broke a class-best 10 tackles on only 28 receptions. Don’t fret over his reception total, South Carolina played three different quarterbacks and showed a bigger commitment to using Adams as a blocker to establish the run game. He engages defenders and keeps a wide base in pass pro and sustains blocks in the run game, always looking to finish.
4th Round (113): Kenny Lawler, WR (Cal):
The Rams have a chance to find talented pass catchers with their remaining ammunition, and that’s what they get in Lawler. Why not keep the Cal connection going? He and Goff displayed a well-developed chemistry that has the potential to translate to the next level while Lawler will run route combinations similar to those he ran at Cal. He certainly passes the intangible test at 6’2,” 203 pounds with 33 3/8″ arms, and 10 1/2″ hands, with sleek footwork that grants him a smooth release and separation off the LOS. While he doesn’t have take-the-top-off-the-defense speed, he does possess good burst at the top of his routes and incredible control, contorting his body to make throws outside of his radius.
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6th Round (177): Cody Core, WR (Ole Miss):
Yep, another pass catcher. When you have yet to establish yourself as a dependable receiving corp, changes will be made. The point of drafting these players is your belief that they will provide a talent upgrade. Playing in the same offense as Laquon Treadwell, you’re bound to be overshadowed, but Core still managed to haul in 37 receptions for 644 and four touchdowns, averaging 17.4 yards per reception. Much like Lawler, Core passes the eye test at 6’3,” 205 pounds with an impressive 4.47 40 and 37 1/2″ vertical leap, using those intangibles to push vertical routes and win jump balls with timing and ability to high point the football. After the catch, he does a consistent job of trying to earn tough yards and offers two years worth of valuable special teams experience.
6th Round (190): Rashard Robinson, CB (LSU):
In all likelihood, the Rams may not wait this long to select a corner. But LSU fans will recognize this name and remember what could have been for the Tigers’ defense. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Robinson, it’s understandable: he hasn’t played football in two years. As a true freshman in 2013, Robinson played in 12 games (two starts) and finished with 16 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception before being suspended in 2014 and eventually kicked off the team prior to his sophomore season; he was also arrested in July 2015. On the outset, there’s a very slim chance he gets drafted, but it’s clear that Jeff Fisher and Les Snead aren’t swayed by off the field issues while Robinson has shown a commitment to improving his craft. He stands 6’1″ with 32 1/4″ arms, a tremendous athlete who knows how to utilize his length in press man. Robinson possesses the agility to stick with and track double moves, desirable closing burst and straight-line speed, and the instincts to sit on routes.