The NFL Draft is just one week away. The Los Angeles Rams start the draft with six selections. It’s at this point that teams are making their final preparations, meeting and finalizing their big boards, and general managers are calling other teams about potential trades.
Prior to the draft teams are allowed to meet with a certain number of prospects. While teams don’t always draft the players that they meet with, it is a good way to see who the team might be interested in and what positions they might be targeting. This week’s mock draft includes players only that the Rams have met with.
57th Overall – iOL Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
Meinerz has been a popular selection for the Rams and it’s easy to see why. He dominated at the senior bowl and has tested very well pre-draft. Even as a DIII prospect, there should be confidence that he can succeed at the next level. As it stands, the Rams have met with Meinerz twice.
After losing Austin Blythe, the team has an obvious need at center. Meinerz could come in and either start right away or be a sixth man on the offensive line that can play center or guard. He brings an attitude that the Rams simply don’t have on the offensive line right now and would be a great addition.
88th Overall – CB Keith Taylor, Washington
The Rams don’t necessarily need a starting cornerback, but they need one that can be the third or fourth guy behind Jalen Ramsey, Darious Williams, and David Long. After losing Troy Hill, it would not be surprising to see the Rams add a player or two at cornerback in the draft.
Taylor is physical and has the size and length that teams look for in a cornerback. However, his technique isn’t always where it needs to be. He had no career interceptions at Washington, but his long arms give him an innate ability to break up passes. As a bonus, he has special teams experience which is where he would most likely start his career in Los Angeles.
103rd Overall – LB Tony Fields II, West Virginia
Despite many fans wanting the Rams to take a linebacker early, the team has actually only met with one inside linebacker. That linebacker is Tony Fields II from West Virginia. The Rams could use a good number one or number two linebacker, but everything points to them trusting who they currently have on the roster.
However, Fields would be a good addition to the Rams defense. He’s a ‘see ball, get ball’ type of player and would pair well with Micah Kiser.
141st Overall – WR Anthony Schwartz, Auburn
The Rams added wide receiver DeSean Jackson in free agency, however, with his injury history, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team also draft someone. Unlike most burners in this draft who are 5’7 or 5’8, Schwartz is 6’1. He’s not necessarily a red-zone threat, but that size is helpful and is something most speedsters don’t have.
Schwartz ranked fifth in college football in yards after the catch last season and has the fastest 40-time of any of the wide receivers who have tested in the draft. That’s the type of wide receiver that the Rams are looking for to add to their offense.
209th Overall – OT Dan Moore, Texas A&M
It would be a little surprising to see the Rams take an offensive tackle late on day three. They did this with Tremayne Anchrum and like what they have with him. However, if they are looking to add some depth, Moore is someone that the team has met with.
Moore is an efficient blocker but his technique is inconsistent. He’ll be a project that hopefully over time develops into a quality player.
252nd Overall – CB Bryan Mills, NC Central
Mills is another cornerback selected in this draft, but the Rams need depth. As it stands, they only have Ramsey, Williams, and Long as players who have any sort of quality start time. As a seventh round pick, Mills is going to need to be developed, but the talent is there. If the Rams can get him to reach his potential, there’s a solid number two cornerback here.