The Los Angeles Rams had an up and down day two but overall ended up with the start of a pretty nice draft class. While the Cam Akers pick at 52 is borderline inexcusable, taking Van Jefferson, Terrell Lewis, and Terrell Burgess made up for it. Jefferson is one of the best route runners in the draft class which is what Sean McVay values most, Lewis has an injury history, but is a first-round talent, and Burgess is a versatile player with 4.4 speed.
The Rams will have three selections to wrap up day three of the draft. Here are the players that would make the most sense.
iOL Nick Harris, Washington
The Rams don’t need to draft a tackle, but a player that can add depth to the interior of the offensive line wouldn’t hurt. Harris is a great fit in Los Angeles as he is great at creating space and is dynamic at the second level. However, more importantly, he’s a three-year starter with experience at both guard and center.
His ability in space in McVay’s zone-blocking run scheme is a match made in heaven and the Rams have typically taken interior lineman on day three of the draft going back to Barrett Jones and Brian Allen. Harris doesn’t have great length and he did struggle at the Senior Bowl, but he could shine with the Rams. Tyler Biadasz from Wisconsin could be another option this late in the draft.
OT Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas
Adeniji is a tackle, but the Rams could easily slide him in at guard as that’s where he projects in the NFL. Again, this is a player that has started every game for the Jay Hawks since 2016 at left tackle and would be a great fit to take over for Whitfworth once he retires. Adeniji is one of the best offensive linemen in this draft working in space and getting to the second level.
He’s a project, but with the right coaching, Adeniji could flourish. Put him in a scheme that fits his skillset like the Rams, and it’s a match made in heaven.
LB Troy Dye, Oregon
Dye was a player that could have gone in the second or third round and yet he is still on the board. Akeem Davis-Gaither would be an option as well, but I prefer Dye for the Rams. Dye has great athleticism and is extremely fast. He sheds blocks consistently, but has the speed to keep up with today’s NFL tight end mold.
He can get pushed around inside due to his small size, but the fact that a linebacker this talented has fallen to day three after the Rams lost Cory Littleton, is a blessing.
iDL Leki Fotu
This pick becomes a lot less likely with the A’Shawn Robinson becoming official on Friday. However, ever since the Rams moved to a 3-4, they have lacked a true nose tackle. Robinson is the projected 1-technique as it stands, but that’s not his natural position.
Fotu is someone that can eat up space in the middle and take on double teams which creates opportunities for players on the outside such as Aaron Donald. Fotu is one of the better 1-technique players in the draft and grabbing him on day three is a steal. The Rams would most likely have to take him at 124, but he’s worth the selection.
LB Francis Bernard, Utah
The Rams have tended to wait until the later portions of the draft to address the linebacker position. Bernard is a player that the Rams could take in the sixth or seventh round and start on special teams to begin his career while developing into a solid player.
Bernard is one of the best stories in the draft, but he also has the tape to back it up. He’s a high motor player with flashes in coverage. He doesn’t have great length, but if the Rams can get a contributor on special teams on day three, that’s a win.
QB Cole McDonald, Hawaii
As it stands, the Rams have John Wolford as the backup quarterback. McDonald is very raw, but his athletic profiles and raw skills are enough to take a chance on. Outside of Jordan Love, the Hawaii quarterback might have the strongest arm in the class. He needs to reel in his skills and take better care of the football, but the potential is there.
Goff is the Rams’ starting quarterback, but it wouldn’t hurt to draft someone and develop him behind Goff to prepare for an injury or simply to try and get value down the line. Teams like the Patriots and Eagles have gotten value for backup quarterbacks that they’ve developed in the past. McDonald would take some molding, but the ability is there.
CB Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
It was mildly surprising that the Rams passed on players like Kristian Fulton at 52 and even Bryce Hall in the third round. Burgess can play nickel, but the Rams need depth that can play on the outside. Robertson is fantastic against the run and will bring a physicality to any defense that he joins. That’s something that the Rams lost with Nickell Robey-Coleman.
On top of that, this was a player with 14 interceptions and 34 pass breakups. His ball skills are outstanding. Reggie Robinson from Tulsa will be another option, but if Robertson continues to drop, the Rams should bite.
TE Thaddeus Moss, LSU
I’m not high on the Rams drafting a tight end, but if they move to more 12 personnel, they need a blocking tight end. Brycen Hopkins could be an option, but he’s not the blocking type that the Rams need. Moss might be one of the best blocking tight ends in this draft and has the ability to develop as a pass-catcher.
Moss is the type of player that you line up in-line on short-yardage situations or in the red zone. He can block, but he has the ability to box-out defenders and got up and get the ball. If the Rams are looking to get more physical in the run game and move to 12 or 13 personnel, Moss would be a great addition.