The 2020 draft has concluded so that means it’s the 2021 draft season. Flipping the switch, here’s the first way-too-early mock draft for the Rams in the 2021 draft. I used The Draft Network’s mock draft machine that is now up and running for the 2021 draft.
1st Round (17th Overall): *Traded to Jacksonville in Jalen Ramsey trade*
2nd Round (49th Overall): Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr.
The son of former NFL star cornerback Asante Samuel comes off the board first here for the Rams 2021 draft in this scenario. With the Rams not drafting or signing a cornerback, they are forced to potentially replace two depending on if Jalen Ramsey and Troy Hill are re-signed or not. I started watching Asante Samuel Jr. right after I finished my 2020 evaluations because I was so impressed by how often he kept popping up on the tape when I was trying to watch other 2020 prospects. Samuel is a fiery player that truly embodies the idea that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. He’s definitely Asante Samuel’s kid and as soon as you turn on the tape you see it.
I love his feistiness, he’s got great technique, he does a nice job of mirroring opposing receivers and he seems to have great timing when attacking the football. He will drop an occasional interception but you can find Samuel Jr. flying all over the field on film and throwing ball-carriers down like rag dolls. It’s very rare you see a smaller cornerback that wants to tackle like that. Samuel Jr. is likely going to have his stock rise but as of right now without having a first-round pick, the Rams grab a potential star cornerback in the second round.
3rd Round (81st Overall): USC WR Amon-Ra St. Brown
This will get a lot of California natives pumped up. The USC Trojan wideout and brother of NFL wide receiver Equinimeous St. Brown, Amon-Ra St. Brown. Many expect that Amon-Ra is going to be much better of a prospect than Eq was. His ball-tracking is what impresses me the most when you turn on a USC game and you watch Kedon Slovis throw it up for him, Amon-Ra seems to have a really good feel for where he is in correspondence to the football and where he is on the field. He’s similar to now-Colts wideout Michael Pittman Jr. with his ability to go up and high-point the football but also display the ability to win inside the numbers in addition to outside.
I have the Rams going this route because Amon-Ra St. Brown is a very intriguing prospect and the fact that the Rams despite drafting Van Jefferson in the second round will still have Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds set to hit free agency. The Rams address the potential need by adding another USC receiver to the fray and a field-stretching player that can also work as an explosive returner as well. The upside for St. Brown is massive. There’s a good chance by the end of the regular season, St. Brown will be like Pittman Jr. pushing for an early second-round pick or even getting some first-round consideration as well.
4th Round (113th Overall): *Traded to Jacksonville in Jalen Ramsey Trade*
5th Round (145th Overall): *Traded to Cleveland in Austin Corbett Trade*
6th Round (177th Overall): Cincinnati S James Wiggins
James Wiggins is a fun prospect that is coming out of a secondary in Cincinnati that should have three safeties drafted in the 2021 draft. James Wiggins is a very well filled out athlete that might have that crazy 4.4 speed everyone wants in a do-it-all safety. He had three games last year he ended by forcing walk-off interceptions. He’s got some serious pop behind his pads, he has some serious range that I would say could allow him to be a single-high safety with ease. He’s got a great feel for the game and he’s got great overall size. So, why did he fall into the sixth round in this? He lacks the instincts you want in a safety with those traits. He will tend to bite and get fooled by the quarterback’s pump or just a simple look off. He’s someone that is constantly trying to break the game open and in turn, it has caused him to not be a reliable tackler which is concerning.
Why do I have the Rams selecting him? John Johnson III’s contract is up at the end of the year and Wiggins makes the most sense picking here in the sixth round as someone that could replace JJ if the Rams decide not to pay him. It’s worth mentioning the Rams drafted a future starting free safety in Terrell Burgess but they also drafted a 6-2 safety in Jordan Fuller who would have an opportunity at the very least to compete for a potential spot. I already like Wiggins more than Fuller at this point in the game and so I’ll stick with the pick of Wiggins.
7th Round (209th Overall): Notre Dame DL Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa
You talk about bloodlines in this mock draft between Asante Samuel’s kid and Eq St. Brown’s brother but how about fifth-overall pick Tua Tagovailoa’s cousin Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa? He’s got the foot quickness you love to see in a defensive lineman, he can stop the run but he’s got a legit pass rush ability in his game. I think he’s someone that come the pre-draft process he is going to have some gaudy numbers at the combine that have him go higher in the draft. I watched Myron recover a forced fumble from teammate Jamir Jones and watched him run. This kid is fast, this kid is quick and I like his athletic profile in addition to the potential I see in him. I haven’t watched a ton of film on Tua’s cousin but from what I’ve seen he’s going to be a fun prospect to keep tabs on.
Why draft a defensive lineman here? I felt it was the best available for starters, on top of that the Rams can opt-out of Michael Brockers deal after the first year and A’Shawn Robinson only signed a two-year deal so the Rams will need to add someone in the trenches sooner or later. The team did not address the position in the draft so they do it in 2021 with a kid that has intriguingly high upside.