The NFL Draft is finally here. While the Los Angeles Rams won’t select until Friday, they’ll be keeping tabs on who is still available heading into the third round. The Rams currently have eight selections, but a trade back or two could bring that total to 10 or 11 by draft’s end.
Below is what I believe the Rams will do, not what I personally would do. To make things less complicated, I have stayed away from trades. Every selection will be made in the Rams’ original spot.
This mock draft was done using mock draft database.
104th Overall – EDGE Dominique Robinson, Miami (OH)
Dominique Robinson is a great fit for the Los Angeles Rams. He may not be the most day one ready player, but he’s a physical specimen that with the proper coaching could develop into a very good player. He’s still learning the position, but he’s a very moldable player.
Dominique Robinson is an intriguing Edge prospect with amazing athletic and physical tools to mold.
But seeing him make hustle plays like this is what gets me most excited. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/4KMuXDZMQN
— Ryder McConville (@RyderM25) April 25, 2022
Additionally, he played on every special teams coverage in 2021 and finished his college career with 221 special-teams snaps. Robinson is a very good athlete with great speed and explosiveness. There’s a lot of potential here that’s untapped. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rams went cornerback here with Zyon McCollum or even shocked some people and took a tight end like Cade Otton.
142nd Overall – RB Tyler Badie, Mizzou
While I personally wouldn’t take a running back this early in the draft, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Los Angeles Rams take the SEC’s leading rusher. Darrell Henderson is on the last year of his contract and the team didn’t bring back Sony Michel. With the injury history of this group, they’ll need to bring someone who could carry the load if needed.
Give me Cam Akers + Tyler Badie pic.twitter.com/7MH46BL9Os
— Blaine Grisak (@bgrisakDTR) April 26, 2022
Badie fits the mold of what the Rams have liked in their running backs. He has a strong lower-body and has excellent pass catching skills. He’s a tool that can be used anywhere in the formation and despite being small is a tough runner. He had 962 yards after contact in the SEC. Badie also forced the second-most missed tackles. Pierre Strong and Kyren Williams could be options at running back as well.
175th Overall – iOL Joshua Ezeudu, UNC
The Los Angeles Rams lost Austin Corbett in free agency. By drafting Ezeudu, they would acquire someone with a very similar physical skillset. The Rams seem to be okay with Coleman Shelton at right guard at this point. However, at the very least, the team needs to add some depth. Ezeudu would do just that.
Finish those backside blocks!
Joshua Ezeudu always looking to break the soul of the defender – looks to finish blocks routinely. Plays pissed off pic.twitter.com/KM2pY09f7J
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) February 18, 2022
Ezeudu has good initial quickness with tackle and guard experience. He has good lateral movement with decent footwork and shows the ability to excel in zone schemes. Ezeudu had a very good career at UNC and could be a solid developmental prospect for the Rams that could become an eventual starter.
211th Overall – CB Chase Lucas, Arizona State
This might be later than fans would want the Los Angeles Rams to take a cornerback. With that said, they seem to be confident in Robert Rochell. They would just need to add some depth. Lucas is a great fit for the Rams. He does lack size, but the Rams don’t value size at cornerback. He has six career interceptions and 28 passes defended. Lucas is very good at tracking the ball.
.@ASUFootball‘s Chase Lucas (@Chase_Lucas2) was highly impressive on the perimeter and in the slot all week in practice.
He showed off the vertical speed scouts hadn’t seen, but his dominance in the redzone, especially in slot, stood out. Textbook balance/timing here. pic.twitter.com/9BHgb0Femi
— Eric Galko (@EricGalko) February 17, 2022
Lucas is physical with the ability to play both inside and outside the defensive formation. He’s a vocal leader as well which is something that the Rams will value. He’ll be a very good depth piece to have behind guys like Rochell and David Long.
212th Overall – OT Vederian Lowe, Illinois
Vederian Lowe is an experienced offensive lineman with good feet and should be someone that the Rams bring in as a depth tackle behind Joseph Noteboom. Noteboom has an injury history and Bobby Evans has also had a disappointing last two years.
SCOUTING REPORT- Vederian Lowe (OT) Illinois
Final Grade- 6.71
Scout- @didomenicomatt5https://t.co/0eLIfdxQhy#DraftTwitter #NFLTwitter #NFLDraft #NFL #Ilinois pic.twitter.com/4tfbrWzi5u
— BLITZALYTICS (@Blitzalytics) April 13, 2022
Lowe doesn’t have the inside-outside versatility that the Rams have typically gone for, but he does have the ability to play both left and right tackle. As an experienced player, Lowe would be a good depth piece right out of the gate.
218th Overall – S Quentin Lake, UCLA
Quentin Lake would almost be a perfect fit for the Los Angeles Rams. He’s a versatile piece on defense and has the football intelligence and leadership. He’s a solid tackler as well and will contribute on special teams immediately. The Rams like ball skills in their cornerbacks and Lake has shown that. He compares very favorably to Jordan Fuller who the Rams drafted in the sixth round two years ago.
Quentin Lake is a perfect fit for the Rams’ defensive scheme. Probably one of my favorite safeties in this class. pic.twitter.com/HFyUfDR1Sv
— Blaine Grisak (@bgrisakDTR) April 27, 2022
Lake is a strong communicator and very coachable. These are two things that the Rams will value at this point in the draft. He’s also someone who should be able to contribute on special teams early and add depth at safety with the potential to develop into a starter.
238th Overall – P Jordan Stout, Penn State
While the attention is on Matt Araiza, Jordan Stout would be a very good consolation prize. 30% of his punts traveled more than 50 yards, but he also has the touch that Araiza lacks. He has a low touchback rate and has the ability to drop punts inside the 10-yard line.
253rd Overall – S Elijah Hicks, Cal
Elijah Hicks may not be a top name and is likely an undrafted free agent. However, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Los Angeles Rams take him. He reminds me of Clay Johnston and his intangibles when the Rams drafted him in the seventh round.
Safety that I believe is super underrated in this class is Elijah Hicks from Cal. Probably a UDFA, but a five year starter who’s extremely smart and versatile. pic.twitter.com/oH0Tl8aGwz
— Blaine Grisak (@bgrisakDTR) April 27, 2022
Hicks was a five year starter and Cal and therefore has a lot of experience. He’s an extremely smart player and has the ability to play all over the defense. In 2019, he only allowed a reception every 18.3 snaps in coverage, the best mark in the Pac-12. Hicks also had 504 snaps on special teams and could contribute there early.