The Los Angeles Rams will finally pick on Friday evening on day two of the NFL Draft. The Rams hold the 52nd, 57th, and 84th selections. On Thursday several teams reached on what many considered day two prospects, meaning that there will be good day one talent potentially on the board when the Rams select. With that said, below are the best options for the Rams on day two.
CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
Fulton was seen as a top-20 prospect by some entering the draft, yet cornerbacks like Damon Arnette and AJ Terrell slid into the top-20 on Thursday evening. The Rams need a cornerback with Troy Hill and Jalen Ramsey playing on expiring deals. Fulton is a fantastic man-corner and is excellent in press coverage. He has elite ball-tracking skills and has the length that the Rams have tended to covet in their secondary. He needs to do better against the run. If the Rams paired Fulton with Ramsey, it would be reminiscent of the Ramsey-AJ Bouye tandem that was so dominant in Jacksonville, plus give the team a future on the outside.
WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Wide receiver is another position of need for the Rams after the trade of Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans. While the Rams have Josh Reynolds, the offense needs a big body on the outside. Reynolds stands at 6’3, but doesn’t tend to use his body like a Brian Quick or Kenny Britt would have. Reynolds isn’t a physical receiver and that shows up in the red zone and in his run-blocking.
When the Green Bay Packers traded up in the first round, it was thought that it may have been for Mims. However, they took quarterback Jordan Love which allowed Mims to fall. The Baylor wide receiver has an impressive catch radius and is great in jump-ball situations. On top of that, this is a player that has the ability to stretch the field as he ran a 4.38 40-time at the combine. He needs to improve his route tree and understanding of offenses, but his natural ability is worth a selection.
S Grant Delpit, LSU
Six months ago, it was pretty easy to argue for Grant Delpit in the top-10. Now here he is in the second round with safeties Xavier McKinney and Antoine Winfield Jr. still on the board as well. It is very realistic that Delpit could fall to the Rams at 52. While Snead and company have taken John Johnson III and Taylor Rapp on day two in recent drafts, Delpt would be a difference-maker and the center-fielder that the Rams need.
Delpit can play free safety, he can play down in the box, and he can play nickel. The Rams are looking to become more multiple on defense this season and show different looks. Delpit would allow them to do just that with his versatility. He’s inconsistent in his tackling and he had a tendency to take bad angles last season. Delpit isn’t the next Jamal Adams, but he’s a playmaker nonetheless.
EDGE Joshua Uche
Joshua Uche is one of the best edge players in this class. He was right up there in terms of pass rush win-rate with Chase Young. He has the burst, length, and flexibility that make elite pass rushers in the NFL. This is a versatile player that can rush or drop into coverage if he’s asked. With Dante Fowler gone in free agency and Leonard Floyd still not official and only on a one-year deal, the Rams need to address their need on the edge with one of their first two picks and Uche makes the most sense.
iOL Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
Cushenberry is my third LSU player on this list, but a lot of very good LSU players have dropped to the second round. While it would have been a blessing and a miracle for Cesar Ruiz to drop, that did not happen. Cushenberry would be a good consolation prize.
He has a good first step and he has good footwork. A two-year starter, he had a much better 2019 than 2018. In a good offense that plays in a zone-blocking scheme, like the Rams, Cushenberry could flourish. The Rams re-signed Blythe, but could put him at guard in order to keep Cushenberry at center. This is a draft is very top-heavy on the interior of the offensive line which is where the Rams need the most help. If the Rams took Cushenberry, it would be a huge upgrade and they would be on the right path to fixing the team’s biggest weakness in 2019.
No Running Back
Only one team took a running back in the first round of the NFL Draft and it was the team that made the most sense, the Kansas City Chiefs. However, the Chiefs were not the only team that needed a running back. DeAndre Swift could have gone to the Dolphins as they had three first-round picks, but they opted for other positions because of the amount of needs.
Well, the Rams don’t have the luxury that the Chiefs have to make a luxury pick. This is a team that has needs at linebacker, cornerback, edge, and offensive line. All positions that should be prioritized more than running back. It would not be surprising for the Rams to take one at pick 104. But to take a running back in consecutive years on day two should be considered a disappointment considering their other needs.