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Draft Analysis

NFL Draft Needs: Rams

by Evan Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is the Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld's NFL Page, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) leads Rotoworld's college football and NFL draft coverage. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential draft-day solutions.


For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.

 

No. 1 Team Need: Quarterback

 

 

Silva's Analysis

 

Despite "analytics" that GM Les Snead claims showed Case Keenum to be a top-ten quarterback down the stretch last season, the Rams traded up to draft a franchise passer at No. 1 overall. They're expected to select Cal's Jared Goff.

 

No. 2 Team Need: Pass Catcher

Silva's Analysis

The Rams need to get their young quarterback some help. Tavon Austin is a purely a gadget guy, and Kenny Britt would be no better than a third receiver on better offensive teams. Brian Quick has long had potential, but he's never realized it. At tight end, Lance Kendricks sits atop the depth chart following Jared Cook's release. Whether they target a wideout with "No. 1" potential or a field-stretching tight end, Los Angeles needs a playmaker in the passing game.

 

No. 3 Team Need: Offensive Line

Silva's Analysis

 
Safety is a fourth Rams need following FS Rodney McLeod's departure. Los Angeles needs a rangy center-field safety to complement T.J. McDonald. Offensive line stands out as more pressing with the Rams set to start a rookie under center. LT Greg Robinson has flopped through two seasons, and C Tim Barnes needs to be replaced. Injury-riddled LG Rodger Saffold has missed 28 games over the last five years. RG Jamon Brown struggled as a rookie starter before breaking his leg.
 

 

Norris' Mock Draft


Round 1 (1): QB Jared Goff, Cal - Let’s connect the dots. NFL Network's Mike Silver spent the 2014 NFL Draft with the Rams. He is close with Jeff Fisher and said Jared Goff would be the No. 1 pick hours before the Rams traded up for the selection. So when Silver said Goff is likely the choice, I listen.

 

Round 4 (110): C Evan Boehm, Missouri - This is the year to grab a starting center in the draft, and at least one can be found on each day. Boehm will be one who plays early. He has tons of starting experience and wants to win with strength and power and position.

 

Round 4 (113): TE Beau Sandland, Montana State - At 6-foot-5 and 253 pounds, Sandland has big school game but needs development. He is a very good athlete, especially in a straight line, and can win in the intermediate and downfield portions of the field.

 

Round 6 (177): CB/S Cheatham Norrils, Toledo - There aren’t many straightforward free safeties in this class, so like any year corners will be converted. Norrils has the change of direction and fluidity to earn a shot there.

 

Round 6 (190): WR Kenny Lawler, Cal - Goff’s college teammate. He made some very difficult, away from frame catches during his time at Cal.

 

Rams Current Offensive Depth Chart

 

QB: Case Keenum

 

RB: Todd Gurley

 

WR: Tavon Austin

 

WR: Kenny Britt

 

WR: Brian Quick

 

TE: Lance Kendricks

 

LT: Greg Robinson

 

LG: Rodger Saffold

 

C: Tim Barnes

 

RG: Jamon Brown

 

RT: Rob Havenstein

 

Rams Current Defensive Depth Chart

 

RE: Robert Quinn

 

LE: William Hayes

 

DT: Aaron Donald

 

DT: Michael Brockers

 

MLB: Alec Ogletree

 

WLB: Mark Barron

 

SLB: Akeem Ayers

 

LCB: Trumaine Johnson

 

RCB: E.J. Gaines

 

FS: Cody Davis

 

SS: T.J. McDonald

Evan Silva
Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .