Below is my very first mock draft of the mock draft season! I take a look at the Los Angeles Rams post Marcus Peters trade and make my selections based on their current needs, free agents, and my pre-combine big board. Let me know what you all think!
Round 1, Pick 23 : Marcus Davenport (DE) / UTSA
Right out of the gate, head coach Sean McVay gets his defensive coordinator Wade Phillips a high-ceiling rusher that should be paired nicely and learn a lot from Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, and Michael Brockers along the defensive front.
UTSA DE 93 Marcus Davenport. He’s raw but there’s a lot to work with here! pic.twitter.com/BA5fO5Sp3K
— Todd McShay (@McShay13) January 26, 2018
Round 3 Pick 87 : Rashaan Gaulden (CB) / Tennessee
Even with the addition of newly acquired CB Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs, current Rams CB’s Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman are free agents and could both be packing their bags this off-season. Rashaan Gaulden is a very aggressive and quick athlete that adds a lot of versatility to the Rams secondary.
Rashaan Gaulden is a day one starting nickel in the league. Love his combination of toughness/quickness/awareness. #Vols
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) February 27, 2018
* TRADE w/ Philadelphia Eagles* for (Round 6 | Picks 194 & 195) *
Round 4 Pick 131 : Terrell Edmunds (SS) / Virginia Tech
The Rams currently have four 6th-round picks, so I expect them to package a couple picks to try and move their way up in the 4th round. The Philadelphia Eagles general manager, Howie Roseman, is known for trading picks throughout the draft process, so I see the Eagles being the perfect suitors here. With this pick, the Rams move up to snag — like previous selection Rashaan Gaulden — a versatile defensive back to add to a secondary that can lose out on as many as three starters from their previous season.
Round 5 | Pick 160 : Cole Madison (OG) / Washington State
Cole Madison, an athletic offensive lineman who transitioned from a tight end early in his collegiate career will add depth to an already stout OL that ranked top 10 in both run and pass protection, according to Football Outsiders, last season. He is expected to make the transition from OT to OG in the NFL and shows a solid rep vs. NC State’s DT Justin Jones at the Senior Bowl.
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 25, 2018
Round 6 | Pick 196 : Keke Coutee (WR) / Texas Tech
Fellow Breaking Football writer and WR guru @BradKelly17 feels that Keke Coutee has a ceiling projection of New England’s speedster WR Brandin Cooks! Finding a burner that can challenge defenses deep in the back end of the 6th round with that type of potential is one hell of a steal if you ask me.
I'm not sure if this comparison has been made yet, but the ceiling projection for Coutee reminds me of Brandin Cooks. Comparable size, speed, mobility, balance, deep ball skills.
— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) February 1, 2018
Round 6 | Pick 198 : Ito Smith (RB) / Southern Mississippi
I would REALLY love to see Ito Smith utilized as a 3rd down back — or whenever the 2017 Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley wants to come off the field — in McVay’s high octane system and exploit defenses with his shiftiness, explosiveness, and route running ability. Fellow Breaking Football writer and RB extraordinaire, @CeeingTheDraft , believed Smith had the strongest week out of all RB’s in Mobile!
Day 1 appears to be a success for Ito Smith, he's not playing games. pic.twitter.com/jOwaVGWy98
— Cagen Cantrell (@CeeingTheDraft) January 23, 2018