One of the main reasons the Rams improved so much last year was their offensive line was bolstered. Center John Sullivan helped. He was retained this offseason, but he won't be around much longer because he turns 33 this summer. In the meantime, Frank Ragnow could start at right guard, which is the one problem area.
Rd. 4, Pk. 11
Kemoko Turay, DE/3-4OLB, Rutgers
With Robert Quinn gone, I think the Rams could select as many as three edge rushers in the first five rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Rd. 4, Pk. 35
Azeem Victor, ILB, Washington
The Rams traded Alec Ogletree away because he didn't fit the defense very well. They'll have to find some help at linebacker as a result.
Rd. 4, Pk. 36
Hercules Mata'afa, DE, Washington State
As mentioned earlier, the Rams could stand to obtain lots of edge rushers, given their huge need.
Rd. 6, Pk. 2
Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern
The Rams want to use a mid-round pick on a running back so that Todd Gurley's workload isn't as heavy.
Rd. 6, Pk. 9
Timon Parris, OT, Stony Brook
The Rams could stand to get better play out of their right guard, so here's a potential upgrade down the road.
Rd. 6, Pk. 20
Ade Aruna, DE/3-4OLB, Tulane
Here's yet another edge rusher for a team that is so desperate for them.
Rd. 6, Pk. 21
Javon Wims, WR, Georgia
The Rams acquired Brandin Cooks, but given Cooks' track record of not staying with one team for too long, it wouldn't be the worst idea to obtain a receiver in the late rounds.
The Rams signed Robert Woods, but he isn't enough to upgrade their weak receiving corps. Here's a legit weapon.
Jones had video game-like production playing in a college offense that inflates numbers. As a senior, he totaled 158 receptions for 1,746 yards with eight touchdowns. Jones had other quality production as a junior (98-1,099-5), sophomore (81-830-5) and freshman (62-604-5). The senior set an NCAA record for receptions, breaking the total previously held by former teammate Justin Hardy.
Jones was phenomenal at the Senior Bowl and really helped his draft stock. He showed a quick burst off the line with the speed to get separation. Jones also ran good routes and displayed excellent hands. He plays bigger than his listed numbers and has functional size for the NFL.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Taylor Moton, OT/G, Western Michigan
The Rams could use more offensive line talent to help Todd Gurley and Jared Goff.
Moton (6-5, 330) was a solid offensive lineman for the Broncos the past few seasons and put together a quality senior year at right tackle. Western Michigan fielded a superb offense with a dynamic aerial attack for a few years, and Moton's pass protection contributed to that. As a sophomore, Moton played right tackle before moving to right guard as a junior. He has versatile size for the NFL and could be a player who is a valuable competitor at guard or right tackle early in his NFL career.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Rudy Ford, S, Auburn
The Rams could use another safety after losing T.J. McDonald in free agency.
Ford collected 59 tackles with seven passes broken up in 2016. He was a dependable safety who contributed in pass defense and in run defense. Ford (5-11, 200) was a solid defender for Auburn over the past few seasons. In 2015, he totaled 118 tackles with one sack, two passes broken up and two interceptions, plus showed that he is a threat as a kick returner. As a sophomore, Ford had 93 tackles with three interceptions.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Damore'ea Stringefellow, WR, Ole Miss
The Rams grab more receiving talent for Jared Goff.
In 2016, Stringefellow totaled 46 receptions for 716 yards with six touchdowns. As a sophomore (36-503-5) and freshman (20-259-1) Stringefellow contributed behind Treadwell and Evan Engram. Stringefellow (6-2, 219) has a special combination of size and speed. He likely would have benefited by returning for his senior year to produce more as the No. 1 target before going pro. Stringefellow has some off-the-field issues, too, which prevented him from working out at the combine. Team sources say that Stringefellow has the skill set of a No. 1 receiver, but his off-the-field issues really sink his draft stock well into Day 3 on team's draft boards.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh
The Rams need grab some more offensive line talent.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Artavis Scott, WR, Clemson
The Rams need a few wide receiver upgrades.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
John Johnson, S, Boston College
The Rams get some safety competition.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Eric Wilson, ILB, Cincinnati
The Rams get some linebacker depth with a player they hosted.
Los Angeles could use an edge rusher to pair with Robert Quinn. William Hayes led the Rams with only five sacks last year and was traded to Miami. <br> <br>
In 2017, Landry has 25 tackles with four tackles for a loss, two sacks and two passes broken up. The senior was manhandled by Notre Dame, struggling against a freshman right tackle and, on a few snaps, against left tackle Mike McGlinchey. Landry was moderately better, but still underwhelming, against Clemson.<br> <br>
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Landry had an impressive junior season as an edge rusher for Boston College, recording 16.5 sacks, 22 tackles for a loss, seven forced fumbles, four passes batted and 51 tackles. He contributed as a sophomore with 60 stops and 4.5 sacks. Landry would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
Key could be too good for the Rams to pass on, as at this point, I have him as the best talent for the 2018 NFL Draft. I know team sources who feel the same way. Los Angeles could use an edge rusher to pair with Robert Quinn. William Hayes led the Rams with only five sacks last year and was traded to Miami. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder is a lightning-fast edge rusher with a ton of upside to develop. Sources have told me that Key loves football and is a hard-worker who strives to improve in the offseason. They said he has worked with pass-rushing moves guru Chuck Smith, and that is impressive dedication for a collegiate player. Key missed the first two games of 2017 and was eased back into action in Week 3 against Mississippi State. He had three tackles and a sack against the Bulldogs. Thus far, Key has five tackles with a sack as a junior. <br> <br>
In 2016, Key was one of the best players in college football. He recorded 56 tackles with 14.5 for a loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes broken up on the year. Key is a dangerous pass-rusher with excellent speed and the ability to bend around the corner. He flashed a ton of potential as a freshman for LSU, totaling 41 tackles with 6.5 for a loss, five sacks and one pass broken up.
The Rams gave up on EJ Gaines in order to obtain Sammy Watkins, so now they will be in the search for a legitimate threat in the secondary in 2018. There are plenty of CB candidates in this draft, but not many who scream franchise-changers, unfortunately, so the Rams won't be able to look at OL or the front 7 here. Oliver, however, has skyrocketed into the first round with an excellent end to the 2017 campaign at Colorado, and would be a great pickup for the Rams.
The Rams have already fixed their CB situation with the trade for Marcus Peters, so now they could look for a young playmaker at linebacker. The Rams could also look to help solidify the emerging unit by adding a guard or center to help out with the offensive line. But the Rams do need more pass rush and toughness along the edge, and Rashaan Evans is the man they are looking for to help them do just that.
*Los Angeles Rams -from trade with New England
Offense Style: West Coast/Spread
Defense Style: 3-4.
2017 Draft Picks:
44 Gerald Everett TE SOUTH ALABAMA
69 Cooper Kupp WR EASTERN WASHINGTON
91 John Johnson S BOSTON COLLEGE
117 Josh Reynolds WR TEXAS A&M
125 Samson Ebukam OLB EASTERN WASHINGTON
189 Tanzel Smart DT TULANE
206 Sam Rogers FB VIRGINIA TECH
234 Ejuan Price OLB PITTSBURGH
Offense Rankings: Total 4 Pass 7 Run 14
Defense Rankings: Total 15 Pass 9 Run 27
Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 8
Sacks per Attempt: 8
Areas of need: CB OL LB
Trading first round picks with the Patriots made sense for the Rams as they would be able to obtain more value later in positions of need. Based on my current board, there were no linemen or linebackers that are reasonable at 27. Getting an additional pick later will help in these areas.