In my capacity as Rams Team Analyst for Drafttek, I have the honor of helping them create their weekly Consensus Mock Drafts. CMD #15 was published Wednesday morning. Here’s the link to this weeks mock draft.
In the first round, the Rams select OT Ereck Flowers from Miami (Fla.). He’s an athletic, powerful, and versatile swing tackle. Insurance in case the Rams don’t re-sign Joe Barksdale, or if Jake Long becomes a salary cap casualty. He could possibly begin his career inside at LG. In a recent media teleconference, respected NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock offered his opinion on Flowers. He sees Flowers as a future Pro Bowl player at right tackle.
The Rams double-down on the offensive line in the second round, selecting Florida St. C/T Cameron Erving. Erving made the transition from LT to C look easy. After 37 starts at LT, he moved to C in November, and excelled. He would be a day-one starter for the Rams, and an instant upgrade over Scott Wells, Barrett Jones, Tim Barnes and Demetrius Rhaney.
With two stud offensive linemen selected in the first two rounds, the Rams opt to add depth to their perilously thin linebacker corps in the third round. Clemson ILB Stephone Anthony (6’2″-245) adds a physical, aggressive, run-stuffing presence to the Rams’ front seven.
In the fifth round, the Rams continue to add depth to the offensive line, selecting Louisville guard John Miller.
The Rams get a steal in the seventh round with the selection of Northern Iowa RB David Johnson. Mike Mayock compares him to Charles Sims (West Virginia), a third round pick in last years draft. Johnson impressed many during Senior Bowl week.
According to Jeff Fisher and Frank Cignetti, the Rams are going to emphasize running the football in 2015. This mock draft is tailor-made for that philosophy. Rebuilding the offensive line will be key to a dominant rushing attack.