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 209th overall pick

the LA Rams select Sione Vaki, safety, out of Utah. With the selection of Vaki, the team has added three Utes to the roster, all on the defensive side of the football. And Vaki is the second Utah Utes safety added to the team. While that seems unlikely, the team continues to seek help in the secondary, and Vakie is the highest-rated defensive back on the board.

Vaki is a competitive defender who will do whatever it takes to help his team. Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 210 pounds, he is a powerful young man who is tougher than you may realize. As such, you can look for him to make the 53-man roster from his contributions on special teams coverage units, and perhaps pushing hard for playing time of defense.

While not ideally suited for man coverage, he does give a solid option for zone coverage. He even has some experience in kick returns.

With the 213th overall pick

the LA Rams select Caedan Wallace, offensive tackle out of Penn State University. Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 314 pounds, Wallace certainly meets the size expectations. But he is a versatile prospect and could be ideally suited to take over the swing tackle role from veteran Joe Noteboom. Wallace is an offensive tackle who played primarily from the right side. He has a streak of nastiness that you like to see in blockers, and Wallace will continue to work his blocks until the play is blown dead.

While he is not elite great at anything, he remains better than average at most things. And if he boards the roster this season, he will get a full year's worth of coaching and competing alongside his teammates. That will give him a step up on earning a role in 2025. He is projected to become an NFL starter by NFL analyst Lance Zierlein.