Erik McCoy could add depth at center for Rams in second round

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Erik McCoy is another prospect worth keeping an eye on for the Los Angeles Rams once the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft gets underway Friday night.

After making the difficult decision to move on from John Sullivan in the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams knew the 2019 NFL Draft would be the perfect opportunity to add another center to the mix.

Even if the Rams strongly believe that Brian Allen, who was selected in the fourth round of last year’s draft, is ready to take on a larger role during his sophomore NFL campaign, the team knows adding another center doesn’t hurt.

Despite trading down from the No. 31 pick with the Atlanta Falcons to earn a second-round pick (No. 45) along with an additional third rounder, there was plenty of speculation surrounding Los Angeles potentially using that first rounder on a center.

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One name that stood out the most for the Rams was Garrett Bradbury out of NC State since he was considered one of the top centers from this year’s draft class.

But since Bradbury is already off the board after the Minnesota Vikings decided to select him at No. 18, the attention shifts to other potential candidates if Los Angeles still wants to lean in this direction, which is where Erik McCoy comes into play.

The Texas A&M star slipping to the second round really wasn’t that much of a surprise, although McCoy could be off the board pretty quickly once things get rolling Friday night in Nashville.

Like most rookies, McCoy has a few areas in need of improvement such as pull quickness, but also he makes up for it in other areas that make him worthy of a second-round selection.

As for the Rams, while the argument can be made they would be better off focusing on other areas for depth on the defensive side of the football, McCoy does seem like one of those players that Sean McVay would love to help develop.

Availability may be a key factor standing in the way of Los Angeles making this potential selection a reality since a few other teams ahead of them will be looking for help at center as well, but anything is possible when it comes to the draft.

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Without question, if McCoy happens to still be there at No. 45, the Rams would be foolish to not at least consider the possibility of adding him to the offensive line to provide some extra competition to others like Allen.