Rams 7-round mock draft: 32 potential picks for Los Angeles Day 3 pick


Second day of 2022 NFL Mock Draft concluded and the Los Angeles Rams are preparing to enter the meat of their draft capital.

In my picks for pick 104 (read all 38 of our options right now!), we went with Kentucky’s Luke Fortner G/C, which was not only near the top of the board, but filled a need down the line. interior offensive.

Now on to No. 142, with the Rams arguably needing cornerback and edge, with depth at running back, a tight end and an offensive line right behind. Here are the candidates.

#143 Mario Goodrich – Clemson 6′ 176 lbs.

Aggressive and physical in support of the race. The best covering skills are in the zone. Agility and burst are good, but lack top-notch speed and athleticism. Willing and tenacious special teams player.

#153 Mykael Wright – Oregon 5′ 10″ 181 lbs.

Solid prospect of slot coverage, both in man and in area. Good burst and long speed. Has the added value of being a kickoff returner.

#157 Kalon Barnes – Baylor 5′ 11 1/2″ 183 lbs

Very fast, 4.23. I think it’s more than just speed. His burst, length and ball skills are well tied to a zone pattern. It also seems to recognize routes. I would like to see it at #175.

#159 Cam Taylor-Britt- Nebraska 5′ 11″ 196 lbs.

Alpha male behavior that can also play it safe. Good size/length/speed mix. Some pundits claim he’s not a good tackler, I see it differently. Although he needs to work on form, many NFL CBs don’t wrap up and instead go for the big shot, it can be fixed. It is willful and physical.

#162 Akayleb Evans – Missouri 6′ 2″ 197 lbs.

Stellar prospect of size/speed/agility. Traits and college experience fit into the Rams area blankets. Could easily switch to deep security.

#167 Tariq Castro-Fields – Penn State 6′ 1″ 197 lbs.

The kind of player you’d expect from Penn St., pretty good at all phases of the game. Solid and quick, probably better suited for the press/cover scheme.

#160 Lecitus Smith – Virginia Tech 6′ 3″ 314 lbs.

A bit of a mauler that supports the blocks. In the zone, moves smoothly both laterally and in the second level. Requires technical work, especially on the use of the hands, keeping them inside the frame of the defenders.

#163 Chasen Hines – USL 6′ 3″ 327 lbs.

Power pattern guard that adds versatility to the center of play. I’m not going to claim he’s light-footed, but I think he moves enough to fit into a zone running game. It hits well in motion.

#166 Dare Rosenthal – LSU 6′ 7″ 295 lbs.

Development perspective with stellar movement skills. Requires a strength/conditioning program to add good play weight/strength and work to keep the protection level low.

#168 Alec Lindstrom – Boston College 6′ 3″ 296 lbs.

Hard work with good punch/hand technique. Lack of length, mass and functional strength. More of a ride blocker than a body mover.

#142 Braxton Jones – Southern Utah 6′ 5″ 310 lbs.

One of the first things I look for from a small school perspective is: are they dominant? Jones ran hot and cold, but his athletic potential and pass blocking keep him relevant for the Rams.

#145 Max Mitchell – UL Lafayette 6′ 6″ 307 lbs.

Movement skills scream outside of the area’s perspective. Good pass blocker too. Powerful and precise striking and gripping force. Must add weight and build lower body strength to combat NFL caliber power rush.

#150 Jalen McKenzie – USC 6′ 5″ 307 lbs.

Has adequate height, length and athleticism for tackle and guard positions. Good grip to lock in defenders and move smoothly into second tier.

#164 Cordell Volson – North Dakota State 6′ 6″ 315 lbs.

Small school standout that offers tackle/guard versatility. Played in a zone program in college. Good lower body/anchor to withstand the power of the NFL.

#170 Andrew Stueber – Michigan 6′ 7″ 325 lbs.

Good length and strong hands that can lock down defenders. Adapts better to power offense, might have to move inside if can’t adapt to NFL speed on edge


#144 Adam Anderson – Georgia 6′ 4″ 236 lbs.

Heady blend of terrific length, speed and agility. Professional features. So why is a first-round talent here at the end of the fourth round? Inconsistent playing time from 2018 to 2020, then a mid-season arrest in 2021.

#156 Tyreke Smith – ohio state 6′ 3″ 254 lbs.

Could the Rams marry his athleticism and motor skills with consistent technique? Smith is built much like Von Miller and displays some of the same coveted traits, but not consistently.

#171 Deshaan Dixon – Norfolk State 6′ 4″ 251 lbs.

A dynamic, dynamic engine that is strong on the run, but needs to work on movement and fast passing technique. Could win at the small school level by being a stronger, more physical and more successful opposition.

No prospects in this round.

#147 JT Woods – Baylor 6′ 2″ 195 lbs.

Fast and athletic former track star with stellar ball skills. Lots of experience covering deep security areas. Aggressive hitter in the field. Threatens to score with the ball in his hands.

#155 Leon O’Neal – Texas A&M 6′ 1/2″ 204 lbs.

Strong security perspective, which lacks long speed, but has a mean explosive trait and more direction change traits. Engine hot and physical. Could do double duty as a special teams ace.

#151 Kevin Harris – South Carolina 5′ 10″ 221 lbs.

A powerful fullback who has stellar long speed and athleticism. Best suited to a downhill man/gap pattern. Doesn’t add much as a receiver. Fun to watch at the cinema.

#172 Abram Smith – Baylor 6′ 213 lbs.

Another grader. Best north-south racer, not a side race and cut guy. Huge stats from 2021, but it was a one-year wonder that disappeared in some games.

#146 John Ridgeway – Arkansas 6′ 5″ 321 lbs.

Tall and powerful former wrestler who plays with good leverage and tenacity. A powerful nose tackle, but not a plodder, has the athleticism to be stopped all the way down the line.

#158 Zachary Carter – Florida 6′ 4″ 282 lbs.

Tough and tough enough to play inside 3-4 and athletic enough to be a 4-3 inning. Good power surge and surprisingly good cornering on speed moves.

#165 Matthew Butler – Tennessee 6′ 4″ 297 lbs.

Displays a warm engine, consistent effort and good upper body strength. Strong in the racing game. Will need lower body strength work to excel in the NFL.

#173 Eyoma Uwazurike – Iowa State 6′ 6″ 318 lbs.

Big. long and athletic. Three-year-old starter who played down the line. Solid player both in the passing race and in the stoppage of the race. Good fit in a 3-4 defensive rotation.

#148 Austin Allen – Nebraska 6′ 8″ 253 lbs.

Good blocker who also has receiving potential. His solid vertical leap and wingspan seem to pave the way for a red zone and disputed catching success.

#154 Jalen Wydermyer – Texas A&M 6′ 4″ 255 lbs.

Six months ago, this prospect was TE1 on many preliminary expert lists. But a flat 2021 season and a disastrous Pro Day is crashing it on the scorecards.

#173 Cole Turner – Nevada 6′ 6″ 246 lbs.

Long and lanky with good hands. tough match on contested catches. Needs a lot of work to create its own space. Not a very good blocker.

#152 Kyle Phillips- UCLA 5 ’11 “189 lbs.

Good midterm pick for most teams, but not the LA Rams. Faster-than-fast slot player who performs double duty as a punt returner.

#169 Justyn Ross-Clemson 6′ 4″ 205 lbs.

Nice story of coming back from a serious injury. I wish him well, but the Rams already have two contested assists (Allen Robinson and Ben Skowronek)

#149 Bailey Zappe – Western Kentucky 6′ 1/2″ 215 lbs.

Huge college production in open attack. Not much to offer LA, even as a backup.

I really like the potential of G Max Mitchell and DE Zachary Carter. And all of these corners could provide positioning flexibility. But I just can’t pass on the talent from the first round that falls in the fourth.

An old friend of mine was a Hollywood motorcycle cop in the 1950s and he said that only two things were consistent in all the big business in showbiz. A little drama and a little scandal. So, the baggage be damned. I select Adam Anderson of Georgia. He has all the tools, speed and physique to play on board in the NFL. He might even peek at ball linebacker like Cory Littleton.

As for his arrest, it has been more than seven months since charges were laid and authorities may struggle to make a case prosecutable. Yes, the Rams do a lot on team culture, but have brought in edgy players in the past. I don’t see a series of bad character reports or suspensions nagging Anderson.

Pick #175 is on the clock.


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