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.
Jackson is the best zone cover corner in the draft and I have him rated as my number 2 CB in this class. He displays great ball skills and is a very good athlete. The Rams like the Falcons will benefit from teams above them selecting QBs and other needs allowing good quality corners to slip. The uncertainty over Trumaine Johnson makes Jackson a very appealing addition to this Rams defence. Jackson possesses great instincts and along with ball skills will allow him to become one of the best corners in the NFL for interceptions.
My pro comparison for Joshua Jackson would be Casey Hayward.
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Rd. 3, Pk. 25
Joseph Noteboom, OT
This is a solid, logical pick. The Rams wanted to find an heir for Andrew Whitworth, and Joseph Noteboom has the potential to one day become a starting blind-side protector. Noteboom has solid athleticism, but needs to improve his strength to be a better linebacker. He'll be able to sit for a couple of years.
Rd. 4, Pk. 11
Brian Allen, C
The Rams needed a center for the future, but there were some better prospects available at the position. Allen seemed like a late-round prospect to me. I don't hate taking him here, but the Rams may have been able to get him a round later.
Rd. 4, Pk. 35
John Franklin, DT/3-4DE
The Rams reach once again. John Franklin-Myers is at least a draftable prospect, but a questionable one at that. He was a seventh-round prospect at best, but he at least fills a big need.
Rd. 5, Pk. 10
Micah Kiser, ILB
I had Micah Kiser slotted to the Rams in this same exact spot (except, 11 picks earlier, since they didn't have this selection originally.) I thought it made a lot of sense because the Rams needed help at linebacker in the wake of the Alec Ogletree departure, and Kiser is a late-fourth, early-fifth prospect.
Rd. 5, Pk. 23
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, 3-4OLB/OLB
I should note very quickly that the Rams just traded Tavon Austin to the Cowboys. I'll have a grade on that after the draft. As for this pick, I love this a lot more than the Rams' earlier selections. I think Ogbo Okoronkwo could have gone in the third round, or definitely the fourth frame. He fills a huge need on the edge with Robert Quinn gone.
Rd. 6, Pk. 2
John Kelly, RB
The Rams were looking to provide better depth behind Todd Gurley, and John Kelly has the potential to be the No. 2 back as soon as 2018. Kelly has some off-the-field concerns, but the Rams have thrived with those sorts of players in the past.
Rd. 6, Pk. 18
Jamil Demby, OT
Jamil Demby is one of the least-athletic players in the NFL, but he has strength and could push for a starting job in a couple of years if he sticks around. I had Demby late in the fifth round, so the Rams are getting some solid value with him.
Rd. 6, Pk. 21
Sebastian Joseph, DT
Like a typical spider, the Rams have used lots of reach in the draft. This is another player they took too early, as Sebastian Joseph was a UDFA prospect. With all the defensive line talent the Rams have, I'm not convinced he makes the final roster.
Rd. 6, Pk. 31
Trevon Young, DE/3-4OLB
Trevon Young was very disappointing in 2017, though that could have been attributed to an injury. There have been lots of excuses made for Young's inability to live up to his potential, but perhaps the Rams will get something out of him. Late in the sixth, they could've done worse.
Rd. 7, Pk. 13
Travin Howard, ILB
Travin Howard was productive at TCU prior to the second half of 2017, but had some injury problems this past season. I can't imagine Howard being anything much beyond a special-teamer. He's a safety/linebacker tweener otherwise.
Rd. 7, Pk. 26
Justin Lawler, DE/3-4OLB
Justin Lawler has nice size for an edge rusher (6-4, 264) but his testing numbers were atrocious at his pro day, as he ran slower than five seconds in the 40. Lawler was productive at SMU, but he's just too limited athletically.