The Rams dealt E.J. Gaines in the trade for Sammy Watkins, which has opened up a big need at cornerback across from Trumaine Johnson. Johnson, by the way, is an impending free agent, so two cornerbacks could be required next offseason.
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.
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>
Key hasn't played yet in 2017. 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. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-6, 231-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.
I suspect under a new regime that the Rams can actually win some games with a coach who can actually make the offense move the ball. I am not ready to call Goff a bust yet like many are on this site, it was only half a season on a terribly coached team. With a full off season to prepare and some better tools around him they should play better. However, bringing in Andrew Whitworth is only a stop gap at left tackle since he is 35. Williams can take over on the right side for the mega bust Greg Robinson and eventually take Whitworth's spot. The stigma of spending a high pick on right tackles I think is a past idea after the Titans made it successful and the Rams have Todd Gurley who can be great with better blockers.
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The Rams lack a true No. 1 or even No. 2 wide receiver. Tavon Austin is just a slot receiver, and they badly need more receiving talent for Jared Goff. <br> <br>
In 2016, Ridley has 57 catches for 640 yards with seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder had a tremendous freshman season for the Crimson Tide as their No. 1 receiver. As a replacement for Amari Cooper, Ridley was very effective with 89 receptions for 1,045 yards with seven touchdowns. He finished the 2015 season with impressive performances against Florida and Michigan State to help push Alabama to the National Championship. <br> <br>
Ridley has size, speed and a ton of upside for the NFL.
I believe that Todd Gurley does well enough running the ball to lift this team to the #2 pick. If Jared Goff can't show any improvement and win some games, you better believe that they will go back and get a new QB with a new coaching staff. Plus you can grab a very talented prospect in Darnold who is a winner and also keep him close to home.
I have no clue why Walt and Charlie are so down on the Rams. Goff looked bad last year, but he was given very little opportunity to succeed with defensive minded and lackadasical Jeff Fisher as the head coach. Already in the pre-season the Rams offense looks light years better than last year. I doubt they pick this high.
If they do pick here I think it is more on the offensive line than it is on Goff. They did bring in Andrew Whitworth to sure up the left tackle spot, but he is turning 35 so his talent will be declining sooner than later. Plus, the right tackle spot is not much better. McGlinchey could start on the right side and be the heir apparent to Whitworth.