LA Rams Mock Draft 2021: Trade w Lions, Bears nets 9 picks

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Round three, pick 72

With the 72nd pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the LA Rams select offensive center Quinn Meinerz from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Don’t you just love a happy ending? The Rams have a huge need for a plug-n-play offensive lineman, and with the first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, all the way at the 72nd pick of the NFL Draft, they land the player they’ve wanted most.

Now don’t get me wrong. The LA Rams have interior offensive linemen options throughout this draft. But they have coveted this young man and for good reason. This 6-foot-3 320-pound interior offensive linemen came out of nowhere to rock the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Is he the 2021 version of the workout warrior? Perhaps. But if he is fooling anyone, he is fooling everyone.

The young man was voted the top offensive lineman for the national team at the Senior Bowl, voted by defensive linemen. He is making the circuit of self promotion, and his workout video where he’s lived on an island in Canada has been raising eyebrows.

In a year with hit-or-miss football footage from the 2020 NCAA season, Meinerz delivered a crazy performance at the Senior Bowl out of nowhere, and has found his stock rising from the ranks of the undraftable prospects to as high as round two.

I’m not surprised that the Rams get him in round three, but believe their early pick trade gives them an early enough pick to find him still on the board.