The first round of the NFL Draft has come and gone. Now, it’s just a 25 pick wait until the Los Angeles Rams are officially on the clock. The first round could not have gone much better for the Rams. Players like Creed Humphrey and others fell to the second round. With 25 picks to wait, here are the 25 best players still on the board for the Rams.
Tier 1: The “How did they drop”
1. LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
2. iOL Landon Dickerson
3. EDGE Azeez Ojulari
4. OT Teven Jenkins
5. iOL Creed Humphrey
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is arguably the second best linebacker in the draft. Many of the top linebackers fell into the second round as Micah Parson’s, Jamin Davis, and Zaven Collins were the only three linebackers taken in the top-32. If the Rams are looking for a linebacker at 57, that bodes very well.
Meanwhile, the bottom of the first round was dominated by edge players and the Pittsburgh Steelers who could have gone with Creed Humphrey, took running back Najee Harris. Baltimore allegedly really liked Landon Dickerson, but also went edge and wide receiver.
Tier 2: The “I can’t believe they’re still available”
6. LB Baron Browning
7. OT Dillon Radunz
8. OT Samuel Cosmi
9. CB Ifeatu Melifonwu
10. EDGE Joseph Ossai
After Baron Browning tested at his pro day, some thought that he might get some first round buzz, but teams were not biting on linebackers late. Despite the run on edge players with the Saints opting for Payton Turner, Baltimore going with Jayson Oweh, and Buffalo taking Gregory Rousseau, Joseph Ossai managed to fall.
Radunz was getting some late first round buzz and with Melifonwu’s length, it would not have been surprising to see him go in the first. Both are still available and will have a chance to make it to 57.
Tier 3: The “Hopefully they last until 57”
11. iDL Levi Onwuzurike
12. CB Asante Samuel Jr.
13. CB Kelvin Joseph
14. OT Liam Eichenberg
15. LB Jabril Cox
With all of the talent still available above, the Rams will hope players like Asante Samuel, Liam Eichenberg, and Jabril Cox fall to 57. While the Rams don’t necessarily need a defensive lineman, it’s hard to see them passing on Onwuzurike if he’s there. Samuel and Joseph are both perfect fits for the Rams at cornerback. Lastly, Cox is the athletic linebacker that Rams fans are desperate for.
It’s going to take a lot for players like Samuel to fall. He’s arguably the second best cornerback still available. However, with wide receivers like Terrace Marshall, Elijah Moore, and Dyami Brown still available and the number of quality offensive tackles still on the board, it’s more than possible.
Tier 4: The “Realistic Options”
16. LB Cameron McGrone
17. OT Walker Little
18. OG Wyatt Davis
19. CB Aaron Robinson
20. iOL Quinn Meinerz
Realistically, this might be what we’re looking at when the Rams come on the board at 57 and it’s not a terrible pool of players. Quinn Meinerz would need some developing, but will be a solid player in the middle of the offensive line. Davis would be a good fit at guard if the Rams plan on moving Corbett to center. Walker Little is intriguing and with the connection to Kevin Carberry, he makes sense.
Aaron Robinson would be a good fit for the Rams at cornerback as well. McGrone would be an immediate difference maker and upgrade at linebacker.
Tier 5: The “Backup Plans”
21. S Jevon Holland
22. LB Nick Bolton
23. EDGE Ronnie Perkins
24. S Jamar Johnson
25. OT Jalen Mayfield
Honorable Mentions: LB Pete Werner, CB/S Elijah Molden, C Josh Myers, OT Spencer Brown
If this is the group of players available when the Rams pick, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a trade back. However, with the number of wide receivers available as well as running backs and offensive tackles, it wouldn’t’ be shocking to see several players above this list.
If this is what the Rams are left with, Jevon Holland and Jamar Johnson would immediately start at safety for the Rams if they don’t have the upmost confidence in someone like Terrell Burgess. Perkins would be a good number two coming off of the edge. He has the length, but needs to refine his game. Bolton is a decent option at linebacker, but if he’s the top option, the Rams probably wait until later in the draft to take a linebacker. Mayfield would allow the Rams to trade Rob Havenstein before the season or at the very least give them a future right tackle for when Havenstein’s contract is up in two years.
I listed 25 very talented players here and if the Rams end up with any of them, most Rams fans would be pleased. However, there’s a good chance that these players don’t get drafted in order and Les Snead is left with a very good pool of players at 57th overall.
This board worked out perfectly for the Rams. It would not be surprising to see them trade down and try to get more picks later on in the draft because the talent pool is so large. However, I’m going to hold out hope that they take the player that I mocked to them before the draft, Asante Samuel Jr.