Los Angeles Rams mock drafts look to be trending with a wide receiver in the second round. But could the team go defense instead?
The Los Angeles Rams are open for business this week, and with the smell of football finally in the air, the talk moving forward will center around the 2017 NFL Draft.
In Los Angeles, the Rams won’t be making news on opening night in Philadelphia. At this time last year, the debate that raged in NFL circles was whether the team would draft Jared Goff or Carson Wentz.
For the record, I picked Wentz. But that was then, and this is now.
One year later, the intrigue centers on what happens in round-two, and depending on what mock draft you read, the trend seems to be offense.
But does that mean defense WON’T get a Look?
It’s increasingly hard to believe that the Rams go defense with their first selection in this year’s draft. Listening to the talk coming out of the organization this week, a week where new head coach Sean McVay is finally getting his hands on the controls, Goff and the offense is a front and center topic.
Most heartening about this years’ draft is the depth at skill positions, and the names are many.
Some players that Rams fans should keep an open ear to as the fifth pick in round two rolls around are, receivers John Ross from Washington, Curtis Samuel from Ohio State, JuJu Smith Schuster from USC, and Zay Jones of East Carolina.
Worth noting, is Todd McShay from the Mother Ship who cast his latest mock draft and has CB Adoree Jackson from USC as the pick for Los Angeles.
The Rams will also dig deep for a tight end to add depth, while also addressing offensive line help.
Defensively, one name that consistently shows up in various mocks is Jackson from Southern Cal. That said, mock drafts from now until draft day will remain fluid. While names may change, the focus in Los Angeles likely won’t.
Expect the investment made in Goff last year to be reinforced in the draft this year, just as the first Rams’ selection in 2016 addressed a glaring need on offense.
Bet on more of the same in 2017.