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Rams 7-round mock draft | Pre-combine edition

Jon Ledyard

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Nov 4, 2017; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Joshua Jackson (15) looks on during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa won 55-24. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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The Los Angeles Rams don’t have many needs, but they are in position to secure one of the best rosters in the NFC with a few additions. Cornerback, linebacker and pass rusher could all use some upgrading, and the interior offensive line may need a few pieces as well. From that point L.A. needs depth across the roster, and the Rams could package some Day 3 picks to move up in Round 3 for a target they really want.

Using the FanSpeak On The Clock Mock Draft Simulator, here is one realistic scenario that would make sense for the Rams in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Round 1, Pick 23: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

The Rams are probably going to lose Trumaine Johnson in free agency, and even though they may retain Lamarcus Joyner and Nickell Robey-Coleman, outside cornerback is easily the team’s top priority. Jackson has ridiculous ball skills and the size and length to be appealing to teams in the first round, but many will be watching his 40 at the combine with great anticipation.

Round 3, Pick 87: Jeff Holland, EDGE, Auburn

The Rams have a crying need for pass rush prowess off the edge, especially if they part ways with Robert Quinn. There’s some promising young talent on the roster, but if Holland lasts to No. 87, his hand usage and understanding of angles around the corner would be a welcome addition to Wade Phillips’ defense.

Round 4, Pick 126: Skai Moore, LB, South Carolina

Moore is a talented linebacker prospect who can play in space or thump between the tackles. Injuries and character concerns may push his draft stock down, but if Moore shows out in Indianapolis, his stock could be on the rise.

Round 5, Pick 162: Colby Gossett, OG, Appalachian State

Gossett is a developmental offensive guard with great physical and athletic traits. He projects to a zone scheme very well, and takes great angles to the second level to capture blocks in space.

Round 6, Pick 197: Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern

Jackson is a productive prospect who made an impact as a receiver and a rusher at Northwestern, and can fill out the depth behind Todd Gurley on the Rams’ roster. He has made some elusive plays as a space player over the past few years.

Round 6, Pick 198: Kenny Young, LB, UCLA

Young is an athlete with special teams potential, and the right coaching staff could get him on track to become a starter. There are athletic traits worth developing in his game.

Round 6, Pick 201: Tray Matthews, S, Auburn 

Matthews has the ability to serve as a dime linebacker/box safety defender. He flashed potential in man-coverage reps in Mobile. He will be a special teams stud at least.

Jon Ledyard has been writing about the NFL draft for several years now, and is thrilled to be bringing creative content and unique analysis to NDT Scouting. He lives with his wife Brittany and four-month old daughter Caylee in mid-western Pennsylvania. Jon is also the host of the Locked on NFL Draft and Breaking the Plane podcasts, while covering the Steelers for scout.com. The Office, LOST, weightlifting, ultimate frisbee, grilling, Duke basketball, and all Pittsburgh pro sports teams are his greatest passions.

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