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LM's Rams Mock 5.0

None of the trades I made were projected with any specific parter in mind. They were merely meant to symbolize the Rams trading down into a certain range. This mock was also made assuming the Rams cut Scott Wells and sign Stefen Wisniewski in free agency.

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Show/Hide Player Comments 1st (19th) WR DeVante Parker Louisville Sr 6'2 5/8" 209 lbs. 4.48

Analysis: I have projected a trade here. The Rams missed out on the elite QB prospects, so they decide to move down and pick up additional picks. Not to mention, I have an amazing contingent plan for them at QB. Just wait. It's very juicy!

DeVante Parker has started to reclaim his preseason draft stock with a very hot start after his return from injury. There's no doubt Parker will start to shoot up draft boards now. I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see him go closer to the top-10 come April if he plays and tests well.

The Rams have a need for a #1 WR. Brian Quick finally broke out before suffering an injury, but he's only a #2 possession-style option. The Rams like big WR's with athletic ability, and Parker fits that mold. He's exceptional in the air, and he's also very shifty in space. Parker isn't a burner, but he has more than enough speed to finish big plays. If I were to compare Parker's skill set to an established NFL player, I'd probably say A.J. Green is the best comparison. Parker and Quick would give Brett Hundley (SPOILER ALERT on the next pick) a quality outside duo to grow with.

DeVante Parker 13-yard touchdown reception vs Kentucky 2013
DeVante Parker vs Cincinnati & UConn 2012
DeVante Parker Interview 10/14/2012

Show/Hide Player Comments 2nd (10th) QB Brett Hundley UCLA rJr 6'3 1/8" 227 lbs. 4.64

Analysis: From the Rams' perspective, QB is need #1, but with them originally picking at #10, the Rams missed out on an elite QB prospect, so like I said earlier, they play the board and gain an extra second rounder with a trade down. However, they ultimately still land a top-10 QB prospect (in my opinion).

Brett Hundley is falling down draft boards, but I really don't get it. As I mentioned in the first paragraph, Hundley is still a top-10 talent at QB, in my eyes. I understand he isn't putting up the astronomical numbers people thought he was capable of, but he's still been impressive. As of right now, Hundley is on pace for a career year despite playing with the worst supporting cast he's ever had. His offensive line has been shaky, and his WR's seem to drop as many balls as they catch (sarcastic hyperbole). In a way, Hundley is a little like this year's Jordan Matthews (who's had a nice rookie year, by the way). They play different positions, but they both seemed to drop down boards for things they couldn't necessarily control. Ultimately, Hundley has the potential to be a VERY nice pick early in round two. I'd take him far earlier than this pick, but my mocks are based off a player's perceived stock, so I have to let him fall some.

Austin Davis had an admirable start to his career as a starter. I really wanted him to be successful, and I began to buy into him being "the guy." Sadly, he fell back down to Earth, and it appears he just isn't very good. Davis has stopped doing everything that made him so good early on, and typically, something like that is a sign that a player probably doesn't have all that bright of a future.

Brett Hundley Interview 1/6/2014
Brett Hundley vs New Mexico St. 2013
Brett Hundley Interview 2/14/2014

Show/Hide Player Comments 2nd (19th) OT Ty Sambrailo Colorado St. rSr 6'5 1/4" 315 lbs. 5.27

Analysis: I feel bad for Jake Long. It's always sad to see a player of his skill forced out of the league due to injury rather than an actual decline in skill. Long was reasonably effective prior to his ACL, though, he did start to become exposed in the passing game towards the end. It's hard to tell whether or not Long will be back in St. Louis given his two ACL tears in the same knee and a contract that's relatively painless to get out of. There's also a chance Joe Barksdale leaves via free agency after the season. Regardless, the Rams need to stockpile offensive line talent. At this point, they are starting to roster lineman I'm not even sure belong in the NFL. Mike Person is terrible, and Davin Joseph is a shell of what he once was.

Ty Sambrailo is an OL prospect that fits best in a power run scheme, which is what the Rams run. Sambrailo is more of a right tackle prospect, but he's good enough to deserve at least a shot at landing a left tackle job. I also believe he could also be effective on the inside. This level of flexibility is exactly what a thin Rams' offensive line needs. Jeff Fisher should be able to find somewhere for Sambrailo to start from day one, and he could be also be the primary backup for any spot except center.

Ty Sambrailo 17-yard reception vs Cal Poly 2013
Ty Sambrailo High School Senior Highlights
Ty Sambrailo Interview 9/22/2014

Show/Hide Player Comments 3rd (10th) WILB Ramik Wilson Georgia Sr 6'1 7/8" 232 lbs. 4.76

Analysis: Alec Ogletree finally had a good game this year, so I'll take him out of my cross hairs for the moment. However, James Laurinaitis was bad as always. JL is still solid when he gets to the ball carrier. The problem is that he doesn't get to the ball carrier frequently enough. Laurinaitis was always slow, but for some reason, he decided to switch out the concrete that was in his shoes with steel. At this point in his career, JL seems to be a better fit for a strongside role as he wouldn't have to cover near as much space. A switch like this would also ensure his strong leadership skills are still present in the huddle.

Ramik Wilson could immediately step into the starting Mike LB after the JL position switch. Wilson is very athletic for a middle linebacker prospect. He's also a sure tackler, and he should have no problem playing all three downs. Wilson needs to bulk up a little and work on his take-on skills, but those are minor concerns for me. The weight can be added over one summer of hard work, and the take-on skills will improve with more size.

Ramik Wilson Interview 3/20/2014
Ramik Wilson vs Tennesssee 2013
Ramik Wilson Interview 2/2/2011

Show/Hide Player Comments 5th (15th) FS Jermaine Whitehead Auburn Sr 5'11" 197 lbs. 4.46
  Default school photo.

Analysis: At this point, Jermaine Whitehead is more of an athlete than an actual football player. He flashes the ability to be a very good free safety, but he needs a lot of coaching before he's anywhere near a starting caliber safety. That's the reason he's going in the 5th round and not the 2nd or 3rd round.

Jeff Fisher and the rest of the Rams fanbase may be happy with Rodney McLeod at FS, but I believe the Rams need some sort of contingency plan behind him. As of right now, the Rams really only have three safeties worthy of getting consistent defensive reps (McLeod, Mark Barron, and T.J. McDonald), so more depth is needed there. Jeff Fisher is also well known for his ability to coach up defensive backs, so if anyone can get Whitehead to reach his potential, it's Jeff Fisher.

Jermaine Whitehead Interview 8/7/2013
Jermaine Whitehead Interview 4/5/2014
Jermaine Whitehead Interview 8/8/2013

Show/Hide Player Comments 6th (15th) TE MyCole Pruitt Southern Illinois rSr 6'2 5/8" 250 lbs. 4.76

Analysis: There's a good chance Lance Kendricks leaves St. Louis as a free agent in the offseason. He's an underrated piece of the Rams' offense. Kendricks is a solid blocker, and he can be relied upon to catch a pass here and there. If Kendricks were to leave, his role would definitely need to be filled.

MyCole Pruitt is a guy that projects well into a role of that nature. He possesses ideal NFL size and has had a productive college career. I'd expect Pruitt to test pretty well at the Combine as he looks reasonably athletic for his size. In my opinion, Pruitt is a guy that could potentially sneak into day two come draft day after scouts have a chance to get a good look at him at his all-star game and the Combine.

MyCole Pruitt Interview 12/3/2012
MyCole Pruitt Interview 3/24/2014
MyCole Pruitt Interview 10/17/2014

Show/Hide Player Comments 7th (31st) OT Terry Poole San Diego St. rSr 6'5 1/4" 310 lbs. 5.22

Analysis: The Rams desperately need to double dip at offensive line in the 2015 NFL Draft. I'm not going to ramble on again about how bad Mike Person and Davin Joseph are, but Terry Poole would instantly provide more upside than either of them. Poole tore up the JUCO ranks and has had a nice 2014 season at San Diego State. Come April, I could see Poole going higher than this, but until I can get a better gauge on his draft stock, I'll give the Rams an interesting sleeper with their last pick.

Terry Poole Interview 9/16/2014
Terry Poole JUCO Highlights
Terry Poole Interview 10/14/2014

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Posted on: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 @ 3:58 pm
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I'm not sure how I feel about Hundley 100% yet. There's stuff I like and
stuff I don't like. I do feel that a flyer on him in the 2nd round though
could potentially look like a steal in hindsight.

I think if they went WR, I'd probably want to stay where they were picking
and pick one of Cooper or White. I see them as a level above. Sometimes I
think just getting the guy you want is better than getting the better value
and extra picks.

I have no opinion of Sambrailo yet but I have heard good things about him.
I'm not as sold on Barksdale as the rest of the world. I think I'd prefer
interior help though, if an equivalent player were available.

I'm not I like the LB shuffle. Laurinaitis moves to a position I've never
seen him play. Ogletree I think has outgrown the WLB position he played for
a lil while in college. Not to mention his instincts could use some work
working as a free roamer. Then Wilson I see more as a WLB in a 43, who would
also have to switch defensive schemes, not to mention positions. It could
work but that's your project.

I like all the rest of the picks.

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