LA Rams Mock Draft: Elite WR and dominating D are theme of this draft

The Rams still need to reinforce the defense to compete in Super Bowl LIX. They accomplish that in the latest mock draft.
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With the 19th overall pick

the LA Rams select Brian Thomas Jr., wide receiver out of LSU. It's been clear that the team is eager to add a tall wide receiver to this offense, and an ideal prospect falls to them at 19 in this mock draft. Brian Thomas is an ideal offensive weapon, standing 6-foot-3, weighing 209 pounds, running a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, and has proven to be an ideal red-zone target in his offense.

While the continues to be a social media debate over which of the Top-3 wide receivers in the 2024 NFL Draft are truly the top overall receiver, opinions all seem to agree that LSU wide receiver is the the fourth best option at the position

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Thomas proved a formidable offensive weapon in 2023 for the LSU Tigers, catching 68 passes for 1,177 yards and 17 touchdowns. That works out to 1 touchdown reception per every four receptions, which is a jaw-dropping rate for an SEC wide receiver who faced some of the best defensive backs from college football every week.

The Rams offense needs a spark in the Red Zone, and Brian Thomas gives them that. He has amazing speed, but he does not rely on speed alone. Rather, he makes life for defensive backs insanely difficult by mixing in a steady diet of starts, stops, and hairpin turns to keep them guessing constantly.

Thomas is a serious vertical threat, but so much more in his ability to track the football and time his jumps to catch the football at its high point. He may need to work on his blocking to get significant offensive snaps, but he is simply ideally suited for the offense to sit out.