Los Angeles Rams 7-round mock draft: Defense remains the focus

by Blaine Grisak
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The Los Angeles Rams are coming off of a season in which they had the NFL’s number one defense. However, this offseason, they could lose key pieces in John Johnson III, Leonard Floyd, and Troy Hill. In order to keep playing at an elite level, they’ll need to bring in more pieces to replenish the group.

Every week I try to bring in a new mock draft with a new focus. Last week I did a mock draft with trades. This week, the focus will be on the defense. It’s unlikely, that every pick the Rams make will be on the defense, therefore there are two offensive players mixed in. However, the focus remains on the defensive side of the ball.

57th Overall – Edge Jordan Smith, UAB

The Los Angeles Rams could lose Leonard Floyd this offseason in free agency. Floyd picked up double-digit sacks for the first time in his career and was stout against the run. After losing Dante Fowler last offseason, Floyd stepped in nicely and rejuvenated his career.

While the Rams have Obo Okoronkwo and Terrell Lewis on the edge, not a lot of confidence should be kept in those two players. Okoronkwo hasn’t produced with the Rams and Lewis has shown that he has injury issues. The Rams also lose Samson Ebukam and Justin Hollins is the only other depth.

101st Overall – WR Dyami Brown, North Carolina

Brown is one of only two offensive selections that I made in this mock draft. Brown is one of the best deep threats in the draft. After missing out on D’Wayne Eskridge, Brown is a good consolation prize. Brown is very good at getting deep which can open up a lot for an offense.

The Los Angeles Rams should put a focus on adding a deep threat and Brown is just that. Having a threat like Brown would give the Rams what they missed in Brandin Cooks last season.

103rd Overall – OC Trey Hill, Georgia

My two offensive picks just happen to come back-to-back. The Los Angeles Rams could wait another round to grab a center like David Moore, but without risking it and in the spirit of mixing it up, I went with Hill. Hill isn’t someone that should start right away, but with experience at guard and center, he makes sense for the Rams.

Hill plays with a lot of power, but because of that, he lacks finesse. He’ll be an early project that need refining, but could turn out to be a solid player on the interior of the offensive line.

140th Overall – CB Rodarious Williams, Oklahoma St.

Rodarious Williams just so happens to also be the brother of Browns cornerback Greedy Williams. The Rams could lose Troy Hill this offseason. Darious Williams will be the number two cornerback and David Long could fill in as well. However, behind them, the Rams don’t have a lot.

The Rams need to add depth at cornerback and the best place to do that is in the draft. Darious Williams will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason and if the Rams can’t bring him back, they’ll need to be prepared.

210th Overall – LB Grant Stuard, Houston

At this point in the draft, you’re looking for high-motor guys who can potentially develop and play on special teams. Grant Stuard fills that bill. The Rams need to add depth at linebacker. While a starter would be nice earlier in the draft, I just find that scenario unlikely.

The last linebacker the Rams selected on days one or two of the draft was linebacker Alec Ogletree. Outside of that, it’s been a handful of day three selection. You could make the argument that’s why the Rams are where they are at linebacker. However, it’s obvious that they just don’t put a lot of value on the position.

251st Overall – CB Bryan Mills, NC Central

A second cornerback to add depth to the position. Mills was one of the best cornerbacks at the FCS level and certainly worth taking a shot on with your last pick in the seventh round. Again, with Hill leaving and Williams becoming an unrestricted free agent next season, the Rams need to add depth. Safety could also be an option, but in a weak safety class, adding undrafted free agents or a veteran seems more likely.


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