The St. Louis Rams have made four picks so far, netting a pair of dynamic wide receivers, an athletic linebacker and a hard-hitting safety. Many experts have already begun singing praises about the Rams draft and those songs could get higher if Jeff Fisher and Les Snead hit on all their late round picks. The good news for Rams fans: they are in position to do just that.
St. Louis owns one pick in the 4th round (113), one 5th rounder (149) and a pair of selections in the 6th round (184, 198). Those slots will likely be used to add at least one running back, an additional safety and perhaps a guard.
At this point, the biggest need remaining for the Rams is a running back. Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead will be back for their sophomore seasons but St. Louis lacks a power back. South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore could be a possibility with the 113th pick, if he falls past Arizona, Miami and Tennessee in the fourth round. If Lattimore isn’t there the Rams could still draft a quality back, such as UCLA’s Jonathan Franklin or Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor.
Depending on what happens with the 113th selection, St. Louis would likely target a safety with their 5th round pick. In a dream scenario I would like to see the Rams pick up Syracuse’s Shamarko Thomas or N.C. State’s Earl Wolff here, but I don’t think that will happen. A much more realistic selection would be Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo or Florida’s Josh Evans. If the Rams decide to draft a safety at 113, I think they would be able to pick up Clemson running back Andre Ellington or maybe even Lattimore if he falls all the way to them at 149 .
Of course the Rams could hold off on both of those positions and draft for the future by selecting LSU tackle Chris Faul here as well. Rodger Saffold is in the final year of his contract and isn’t crazy about being shifted to the right side. Having a high upside guy like Faulk would soften the blow if Saffold bolts after the season.
The 6th round picks will be used to address whatever they haven’t looked at already. An offensive linemen will almost certainly be picked up here. Alabama’s Barrett Jones would be a great pick up with the 184th pick, but I’m not convinced he will still be on the board. Another possible option would be UCLA’s Jeff Baca or Arkansas’s Alvin Bailey. The Rams may try to target an additional running back/kick returner in the 6th round as well, it really just depends on how the middle rounds play out.
The final rounds of the NFL Draft get underway at 11 a.m. central time.