After trading Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans, the Los Angeles Rams have acquired another second-round pick. With the trade, the Rams now hold the number 52 and 57 overall picks and gave up a 2022 fourth-round selection. Prior to trading Cooks, the Rams didn’t hold many picks, but receiving a second selection in the second-round is huge for a team looking to restock. Below is an updated 2020 Rams mock draft using The Draft Network’s mock draft machine.
52nd Overall – EDGE Joshua Uche, Michigan
The Los Angeles Rams need an edge after losing Daunte Fowler and with quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo, Kyler Murray, and Russell Wilson in the NFC West, getting to the quarterback is essential. Uche has great athleticism for the position and shows good balance in rushing the passer and dropping back in coverage. The Michigan edge rusher is inexperienced, but has a lot potential waiting to be unleashed.
57th Overall – WR Michael Pittman Jr., USC
It would not be surprising if the Rams either packaged both second-rounders and moved up or a second and third, but a trade back at one of these two spots to acquire more picks is probably more likely. In the case that they do not trade out of either spot however, Pittman Jr. would be a great fit on the outside to replace Cooks.
Pittman Jr. is the big-bodied wide receiver that the Rams need in their offense. He can run a full route-tree and he uses his size to his advantage at the point of attack. McVay and co. like wide receivers who are willing to run block, and Pittman Jr. is excellent as a run blocker.
84th Overall – LB Logan Wilson, Wyoming
The Rams finally address the linebacker position and it couldn’t be with a player that fits their scheme any better. Wilson will be able to come in and play all three downs immediately. He’s an aggressive player with big-time playmaking ability. In 52 games for the Cowboys, he had 421 tackles (35 for lost yardage), seven sacks, 10 interceptions and four forced fumbles and recoveries apiece. The Wyoming inside linebacker is fantastic pre-snap at the line of scrimmage and has the athleticism and range that allows him to succeed in coverage and be a willing tackler.
104th Overall – iDL Leki Fotu, Utah
Ever since the Rams have moved to a 3-4 defense, they have lacked a space-eating nose tackle. Fotu would provide exactly that. Fotu would open up so much for a player like Aaron Donald. He has excellent upper-body strength with the ability to hold double teams and not get pushed back. He has the punch power and motor that will allow him to be a day one nose tackle.
126th Overall – OT Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas
Some might be disappointed that I’m not taking an offensive lineman until the fourth round. However, the offensive line improved significantly down the stretch last season and the Rams must allow their young players to grow. Bringing back Whitworth and Austin Blythe was all the improvement that the offensive line needed.
Adeniji fits the Rams zone-blocking scheme perfectly as he excels in space. He’s versatile with the ability to play both guard and tackle as well. That’s the type of player that the Rams need. Adeniji would provide good depth immediately with starting ability.
199th Overall – RB James Robinson, Illinois State
Again, some might be disappointed that the Rams didn’t take a running back on day two. However, here in the sixth-round is the perfect spot to take one and Robinson would be a fantastic addition. I would also look at a player like Anthony McFarland who could drop here due to his injury history.
With that said, Robinson brings a different type of back than the Rams have. While Darrell Henderson is more speedy and an outside threat, Robinson is bigger at 214 pounds with the ability to be that “bruiser”. He’s a patient runner with good vision and a lot of experience under his belt. He also adds a lot in pass protection which is hard to find in the later rounds. Robinson is exactly the type of running back that the Rams need to compliment Henderson.
234th Overall – QB Cole McDonald, Hawaii
The Rams could certainly look at a kicker here, but with John Wolford as the current backup quarterback, that is the position that I would look to address here. A kicker can be found in undrafted free agency. McDonald has one of the strongest arms in this class, but is still accurate and has fantastic athleticism in the pocket. He needs to do a better job at protecting the football, but with an offensive coach like McVay, there is little doubt in my opinion that he could become a reliable backup quarterback.