Rams Mock Draft: Full 7-rounds eclipses others by filling hidden roster holes

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With the 213th overall pick in Round 6, the LA Rams select

Sataoa Laumea, interior offensive lineman, out of Utah. The Rams lost three offensive linemen this offseason, and by this point in the NFL Draft, have only added two. The front office evens it up with this inspired selection of an offensive guard in Round 6. Draft boards are all over the place with Laumea, some projecting him as early as Day 2, while others projected him as late as a priority free agent signing after the draft.

While not a plug and play starter, Laumea gives the team added depth at the interior offensive line to up the level of competition, and ensure that the team has an ample supply of plug-and-play ready backups for the 2024 NFL season. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing in at 319 pounds, Laumea is an offensive lineman who has extensive experience at offensive tackle and guard.

As the team continue to tinker with the optimal set of offensive linemen for the Wendall/Munchak crew, the will need a solid group to mix and match. While Laumea is top-notch at handling stunts and blitzes, he is a bit raw right now for a starting role over a 17-game season. He is ideally suited as a special team blocker out of the gate, eventually refining his technique to allow an expanded role.

With the 217th overall pick in Round 6, the LA Rams select

Brennan Jackson, an outside linebacker out of Washington State. Jackson is another prospect who has no consensus whatsoever. Some draft boards have him projected as early as a late Day 2 prospect, while others have him projected as late Day 3. In this mock draft scenario, he falls to the Rams in Round 6.

Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 264 pounds, Jackson is versatile enough to project as either a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. He lands as the second edge rusher on the team, and is another player who fits the purchase order as an immediate additional to the rotation at edte.

Jackson faced some of the toughest offensive linemen in this draft, and continued to put up ever impressive numbers. In 2023, he recorded 57 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 quarterback sacks, three pass break ups, and four fumble recoveries that resulted in 116 yards and three touchdowns on his return.

He is a dynamo, a powerhouse of energy that never wanes. Of course, he is still a bit inconsistent and will need additional coaching to become an every-down defender. He is a solid contributor who will most likely impress his way into the rotation.