The 2021 NFL Draft is still a long ways out. However, it’s never too early to look at who the Los Angeles Rams might take come next April. Draft positions are chosen by the team’s Vegas odds to win the Super Bowl. The Mock Draft was completed using Pro Football Network’s Mock Draft simulator. Lastly, NFL.com provided the potential compensatory pick selections. With that said, here is a 2021 Los Angeles Rams mock draft.
2nd Round, 57th Overall – EDGE Kwity Paye, Michigan
Last season the Los Angeles Rams passed on Michigan’s Joshua Uche. They won’t make the mistake of passing on another Wolverine playermaker on defense in 2021. Paye is one of the most explosive and athletic edge defenders in college football.
The Rams could lose Floyd to free agency leaving them with only Terrell Lewis. Floyd has been very good against the run this season which is also where Paye excels. Pairing Paye with Lewis would provide the Rams with a good duo on the edge.
3rd Round, 88tth Overall – LB Kuony Deng, California
The Rams have an obvious hole at linebacker and it was a position they pretty much ignored all offseason. It’s a position where they are currently very thin. While Micah Kiser and Kenny Young have played admirable at times, this is a position that needs more talent.
Deng tallied 12 tackled in his first game with the Golden Bears and finished the season with 112 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. This is a linebacker who is extremely athletic as he stands at 6’6 and was a multi-sport athlete which helps him in all areas of the field. He’s a versatile player and the Rams are a team that like players with versatility. He’s someone that would be tough for Snead to pass on.
3rd Round, Comp Pick (Projected) – OG Zion Johnson, Boston College
The Rams have some good players on the offensive line. However, there could be movement heading into 2021. Austin Blythe is a free agent. Andrew Whitworth could retire. The Rams could part ways with Rob Havenstein in order to save around $5M. If all of that were to happen, the Rams would be left without a center, David Edwards could move to left tackle and Bobby Evans would move to right tackle. That opens a spot at guard, depending on how much faith you have in Joe Noteboom.
Zion Johnson has picked up Shaq Mason comparison’s by some. Johnson moves well and has that ability to quickly get to the second level. This is also a player that helped pave holes for AJ Dillon last season. He’s a great athlete that would help bolster the Rams interior offensive line.
4th Round, Comp Pick (Projected) – CB Kary Vincent Jr., LSU
Les Snead likes his SEC guys. The Rams have depth at the cornerback position, but Troy Hill is a free agent, leaving Darious Williams and David Long as the remaining two somewhat proven cornerbacks behind Jalen Ramsey.
Vincent could be one of the fastest players in the draft as he also ran track in high school. The LSU defensive back opted out of the 2020 season, but totaled six interceptions with the Tigers. There are some concerns about his size, but he displays ability to play in the slot with outstanding short area quickness. He’s also has some versatility as he could play at safety. Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley has shown that he likes versatile players in the secondary and Vincent is just that.
6th Round, 184th Overall – WR Marquez Stevenson, Houston
Marquez Stevenson is an explosive player that can do exciting things when the ball is in his hands. If put in the right situation, he can be a star in the NFL. The Rams lost their deep threat over the offseason when they traded Brandin Cooks. That’s an aspect of the offense that they have clearly missed. Josh Reynolds is also a free agent which opens a spot at wide receiver on the roster.
Stevenson is a player that can return kicks, he can be a weapon on jet sweeps, he can catch the ball in the middle of the field and take it the distance, or he can beat a defense over the top. This is a player that can literally do it all. Giving McVay a weapon like Stevenson would be fun to watch.
7th Round, 216th Overall – TE Tre McBride, Colorado State
The Rams drafted Brycen Hopkins last season but they potentially lose Johnny Mundt and Gerald Everett this offseason. If they can’t bring back Mundt, the Rams are going to need to bring in a blocking tight end. McBride is an outstanding blocker who can also be a threat in the passing game.