Pick #61- Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
The Rams snagged star safety Eric Weddle in free agency this offseason but he is nearing the end of his excellent career and finding a long term solution to pair with John Johnson. Rapp is excellent coming forward but does not have the athleticism most desire at the safety position. It will be interesting to see how the Rams use Rapp who was thought by some to best suited as a line backer/safety hybrid role.
Pick #70- Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
We all remember Todd Gurley breaking down late last season and the impact back up running back CJ Anderson had for the Rams and with Anderson no longer on the roster they needed to find a suitable replacement. Henderson is home run hitter who will likely see lots of carries in his rookie season as the Rams try to keep Gurley more rested this season.
Pick #79- David Long, CB, Michigan
Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib are both talented corners who have suffered from inconsistency and off-field issues in the past. They also have expiring contracts so finding some new blood was well needed. Long was a highly productive at Michigan and possesses great ball skills. He likely will be the number four corner as a rookie.
Pick #97- Bobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma
Los Angeles’ offensive line was a huge strength last year and they hope to keep it that way by bringing in Bobby Evans in the late third round. Evans is a mauler in the run game but struggles at times as a run blocker. With Rob Havenstein firmly entrenched at right tackle Evans might have to move inside to see playing time.
Pick #134- Greg Gaines, DL, Washington
Greg Gaines played a lot of snaps at Washington over the last several seasons. The problem is he was never very impactful. He was almost non-existent as a pass rusher due to his lack of athleticism. He might have a future as a two down run stopper but his upside is minimal at best.
Pick #169- David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
Edwards is an odd prospect; two seasons ago at Wisconsin he was a dominant run blocker who showed athleticism and capability as a pass blocker, but last year he played very poorly. His testing did little to halt his steep decline leading up to the draft. He will have a tough time making the Ram’s roster.
Pick #203- Marcus Green, WR, Louisiana-Monroe
Marcus Green was just a guy in this draft class and there were a handful of receiver prospects available at this point that would have been better developmental picks for the Rams.
Pick #243- Nick Scott, S, Penn State
Scott was an underachiever on a pretty talented Nittany Lion defense but put together a very strong pro day. His athletic testing were some of the best by a safety this year and he has a shot to make the roster as a backup safety and special teamer.
Pick #251- Dakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech
Getting a player like Allen this late in the draft is a huge get for the Rams. The Last Chance U standout is an extremely athletic line backer possessing sideline to sideline range and is solid in coverage. Since his initial off-field issues Allen has been squeaky clean and the Rams hope that this was an isolated incident.
Overall Grade: C
Best Pick- Darrell Henderson
Biggest Reach- Greg Gaines
Best Value- Dakota Allen