Los Angeles Rams: 7-Round 2019 mock draft version 1.0

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Round 1: Oregon OLB Jalen Jelks

Only time will tell when it comes to seeing if the Rams will actually hang on to a first-round pick for the first time in three years after previously going the last two years without one, but all signs point to Los Angeles hanging on to it this time around.

After coming up short in winning the Super Bowl to the Patriots, the Rams currently have the No. 31 pick in the first round of this year’s draft, which will most likely be used to address the defensive side of the football.

Around this time last year, the linebacker position was one of the weaker areas for Los Angeles, and since there’s no guarantee that Dante Fowler will return, this could be one of the areas the Rams focus on right away in the draft.

Oregon’s Jalen Jelks has proven to be quite effective when it comes to getting to opposing quarterbacks, and if the Rams are fortunate enough to see the defender slip this late in the first round, it would almost seem like a no brainer for a selection.

Defensive coordinators love an athletic player with speed like Jelks, and with Wade Phillips already fortunate enough to work with one of the game’s best in Aaron Donald, a rookie like Jelks could be a fun project to help develop.