Every Monday throughout the offseason we will release a mock draft of some sort, whether it’s a Los Angeles Rams only mock draft and full mock draft. The crucial takeaway of this is by doing so we are able to see different scenarios and what could occur if “x” were to happen.
This week we take a look at what would happen if the Rams address the defense in the early portion of the draft. This Rams mock draft was done using Pro Football Network’s Mock Draft simulator.
57th Overall – LB Pete Werner, Ohio State
The Los Angeles Rams need speed in the middle of their defense. That was evident in both games against the San Francisco 49ers last season when Deebo Samuel burned them. The last time the Rams took a linebacker from Ohio State in the second round, it worked out pretty well. That player was James Laurinaitis.
Pete Werner | LB | #20
+ Three pos versatility
+ Smooth & comfortable in cov drops, working through reads
+ Frames up tackles and loads impact through hips
+ Active/strong hands vs OL to clear hands and fill gaps
+ Speed to work vertical/across field in man
+ Active eyes in zone pic.twitter.com/qarni8oQSG
— Matt Lane (@ChiefinCarolina) February 13, 2021
Werner is excellent in coverage which is where the Rams were at their weakest at the position in 2020. Troy Reeder achieved just a 59.2 coverage grade according to PFF. Werner also has the speed and power that the Rams are lacking when it comes to stopping the run. The Ohio State linebacker was asked to do a lot on Ohio State’s defense and will make a seamless transition to the NFL.
101st Overall – Edge Quincy Roche, Miami
Even if the Rams keep Leonard Floyd, it would not be shocking to see them take an edge early on in the draft. Now, 101st overall isn’t early, but it is only the Rams’ second selection in this mock draft. The Rams haven’t had a true threat off the edge since Robert Quinn. Roche isn’t as polished, but brings that same bend and speed that the defense needs.
Quincy Roche with a swipe and dip to eat the FSU OT and pick up a sack. pic.twitter.com/ugkbTNn7UQ
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) September 27, 2020
Roche is one of a few edge players that could come in and play all three downs right away. He’s not just a pass rusher. Roche is also very good against the run. The Rams will lose Samson Ebukam in free agency and Roche would make a great replacement for his role with the potential to develop into a starting player.
103rd Overall – WR Dazz Newsome, North Carolina
This might be a bit of a reach, but Rams need to add some speed to their wide receiver corps as well as someone who can contribute on punts. Newsome is just that. Unlike some of the other deep threats in the draft, Newsome also stands at a respectable 5’11.
Sam Howell and Dazz Newsome can’t stop making magic for UNC in the Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman. pic.twitter.com/469xgPUGUW
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) December 27, 2019
Newsome fits the bill on what the Rams like out of the receiver position. He’s a good route-runner, has good hands, and is great after the catch. Newsome would be a perfect fit in the Rams’ scheme.
140th Overall – iOL David Moore, Grambling State
By not taking an interior offensive lineman early, the pickings get slim later in the draft. If the Rams are looking for a starter or someone who can contribute on day one, 57th overall is where they are going to want to look. If Creed Humphrey is there, it’s going to be hard not to take him.
— Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson) January 28, 2021
At the same time, if they do miss out, David Moore is actually a very good plan B. If you haven’t seen me write it at this point, I’ll say it again. Moore had a fantastic Senior Bowl and will make a team very happy on day three of the draft. He’s athletic, he’s powerful, and is good in open space. Moore could be a good sixth-man on the offensive line with the chance to start down the line.
210th Overall – CB Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
If the Rams lose Troy Hill to free agency, they are going to need to add some depth to their secondary, specifically at the cornerback position. David Long has disappointed up to this point and behind him, the Rams don’t have a lot.
So first off, Jake Fromm isn't good.
Now that that is out of the way, Israel Mukuamu makes a fantastic play here.
-Should slow play the slide tech a little more
+Insane length leads to a great INT
+Finishes in the endzone.
A team is gonna love this kid. pic.twitter.com/tHn58tu5j4
— Zach (All-22 Addict) Gartin (@All22_Addict) August 14, 2020
Mukuamu is versatile but he has what the Rams look for in their cornerbacks. He has great length with the ability to play on the inside at nickel or outside on the perimeter. Mukuamu is a good day three pick to take a chance on.
251st Overall, OT Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin
The Rams have had success with Wisconsin offensive linemen in the past. Rob Havenstein has turned into a solid starter and David Edwards is looking like he might be the same. If the Rams trade Havenstein, they could use some depth at tackle. That becomes especially the case if Andrew Whitworth retires after this season.
Wisconsin left tackle Cole Van Lanen (#71) consistently blows D-linemen off the ball in the run game. Looks like he’ll be one of the best run blockers in the 2020 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/phe5IBwYLE
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) May 24, 2019
Van Lanen has good size and shows good power in the run game. He’s the type of offensive lineman that you take on day three. The Rams can hope Kramer can develop him into a depth piece or starter. He also fits the same profile as David Edwards. Van Lanen was highly regarded after 2019. After playing just five games last year, he’ll be a day three player with upside.