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

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Wth the 128th overall pick in Round 4, the LA Rams select

Maason Smith, a defensive tackle, out of LSU. With the retirement of Aaron Donald and the loss of DE Jonah Williams to free agency, the Rams front office has to prioritize players who can instantly contribute on the defensive front. 6-foot-5 306-pound DT Maason Smith is a plug-and-play prospect who is ready to go as soon as he gets the green light.

While any hopes of finding a starter on Day 3 is certainly not out of the question for the Rams based on their track record, the front office has accomplished their goal if they add players who can earn defensive snaps on a rotational basis. Smith has the presence on the defensive front to give solid production even in a rotational role.

Defensive tackle. Maason Smith. NFL Draft profile. NFL Draft Buzz. Rd 3. Maason Smith. player. 51. Maason Smith draft profile. LSU

Smith was hampered by a shoulder injury in 2021, and an ACL injury in 2022, which is why he will fall in this draft. But he is a productive and versatile defensive tackle who can play at either the 3-tech or 1-tech spot is this odd-man front. He arrives with a ready arsenal of some solid pass rush moves that will get him onto the football field.

The Rams need powerhouse bodies to rotate on the defensive front. The ideal prospect must be versatile enough to slide into multiple spots. He must have enough pass rush moves to threaten opposing quarterbacks right out of the box. He must be able to stymie offensive linemen at the line of scrimmage, and shed blockers to stop the running backs as he nears the hole. Most of all, he must play with a passion for the grind of the defensive line, and not be a spotlight seeker who only shows up to make big plays. Smith fits that purchase order on all line items