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

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With the 52nd overall pick, the LA Rams select

Xavier Legette, a wide receiver out of South Carolina. This is the second appearance for this 6-foot-1 221-pound Gamecocks prospect, and he is just as formidable in this mock draft as ever. Legette is a bit of a unicorn, a tall physical wide receiver with the speed of Hermes, the physicality of Hercules, and the fury of Ares.

Legette faced tragedy and adversity throughout his collegiate football career, but everything came together for him in his fifth and final season. Legette caught 71 passes for 1,255 yards and seven touchdowns, and showcased his upside with a capable quarterback and a solid offense.

Of course, he is not the top wide receiver in this rookie class because he only had one college season with 30+ targets. As such, some NFL GMs worry that he may simply be a one-hit wonder. Others see a raw prospect who many need time to earn snaps in their offense, and will hesitate to select him early on Day 2.

The Rams won't hesitate if he is there at 52.

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The Rams are going to emerge from Day 2 with a solid receiver option. Even with the team getting the band back together from their 2023 receiver room with the return of Demarcus Robinson reuniting with Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua, the offense needs fresh blood to continue to fool defensive coordinators and optimize the talent of QB Matthew Stafford.

With the departure of WR Van Jefferson, and the underuse of speedy WR Tutu Atwell, this offense has strayed too often to short and intermediate routes. Legette's arrival reverses that trend, giving Stafford the 30+ yard downfield pass option that devastates defense in combination with a robust ground assault.

While McKinstry was a top-notch punt returner in college, Legette was just as superb as a kick returner.

If the Rams aspire to hoist a Lombardi Trophy once more, they need to ensure that this roster upgrades all 3 phases of their game. Legette does exactly that.