While free agency isn’t officially over, the high-profile signings have been completed. The Los Angeles Rams made moves such as signing Leonard Floyd and A’Shawn Robinson as well as re-signing offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and Austin Blythe. Meanwhile, Dante Fowler and Cory Littleton walked and Todd Gurley and Nickell Robey-Coleman were cut.
The Rams addressed a few needs, but still, have plenty of holes to address. Using The Draft Network’s mock draft simulator, here’s a post-free-agency mock draft.
2nd Round (52nd overall) – CB AJ Terrell, Clemson
The Los Angeles Rams need to restock on cornerbacks. Both Troy Hill and Jalen Ramsey are on the last year of their deals and are the only players with starting experience on the roster. David Long behind them will be in his second year, but is still unproven.
Terrell has the ability to play in man or zone and has the length that Les Snead covets at the position. He needs to add consistency as a tackler but would be a perfect player to give the Rams a future at the position.
3rd Round (96th overall) – LB Troy Dye, Oregon
After losing Cory Littleton, the Rams need a premier athlete in the middle of their defense. That’s where Troy Dye comes in. Dye is a perfect fit in the Rams defense. He’s a very good diagnoser and communicator and has the ability to cover wide receivers and tight ends in the middle of the field.
Dye’s length and athleticism will translate perfectly into the Rams defense and hopefully, after losing a player like Littleton, by adding the Oregon linebacker, they wouldn’t miss a beat.
3rd Round (104th overall) – EDGE Alex Highsmith, Charlotte
The Rams not only lost Fowler, but they also lost Clay Matthews, meaning they really need a player that can step in and rush the passer. There were few players in college football more productive than Highsmith.
He possesses the explosiveness and motor to be successful at the next level but needs coaching to reel it all in. Highsmith may be a rotational player in his first season, but as a developmental prospect, he has a high ceiling.
4th Round (126th overall) – OT Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas
Day three and the Rams finally address the offensive line. Adeniji has been in every Rams mock that I’ve done and there’s a reason for it. He fits the Les Snead mold and is perfect for the Rams’ scheme. Not only that, he’s versatile and simply a good player.
Adeniji is effective in space and getting to the next level. He’s a smart player with a lot of starting experience and especially effective in the run game. Adeniji may not start day one, but at the very least, he will be good depth and someone that can work into or compete for a starting role.
6th Round (199th overall) – LB Logan Wilson, Wyoming
Wilson is the second linebacker that I have the Rams taking, but he’s a player that will be perfect in Staley’s scheme after he works his way through a role on special teams. Wilson is a playmaker at linebacker who’s very good at reading and reacting to opposing offenses.
He’s a physical player and seems to have a nose for the footnall. Wilson won’t start in year one, but could very easily find his way into a rotational role and be a key contributor on special teams.
7th Round (234th overall) – RB James Robinson, Illinois State
If the Rams are going to roll with Darrell Henderson at running back, they’re going to need someone that can potentially split the load or be a bruiser when they need one. Robinson isn’t going to outrun a lot of defenders, but he offers a lot of experience in college, willingness to pass protect, and elusiveness in short yardage.
Henderson is unproven and Robinson gives an offense third down ability with his pass protection as well as the ability to carry the load if necessary.