Grading the Draft - Los Angeles Rams

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Chris Tripodi

Draft Analyst Writer

The Rams were without a top-75 pick after trading for Brandin Cooks and Marcus Peters in the offseason as they try to load up for a potential playoff run. L.A. focused on offensive line depth and the defensive front seven with the 11 picks they did have.

Round 3 (No. 89): Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU

Round 4 (No. 111): Brian Allen, OC, Michigan State

Round 4 (No. 135): John Franklin, DE, Stephen F. Austin

Round 5 (No. 147): Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia

Round 5 (No. 160): Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, LB, Oklahoma

Round 6 (No. 176): John Kelly, RB, Tennessee

Round 6 (No. 192): Jamil Demby, OG, Maine

Round 6 (No. 195): Sebastian Joseph, DT, Rutgers

Round 6 (No. 205): Trevon Young, LB, Louisville

Round 7 (No. 231): Travin Howard, LB, TCU

Round 7 (No. 244): Justin Lawler, DE, SMU

UDFA: LaQuvionte Gonzalez, WR, Southeastern; Nick Holley, RB, Kent State; Ricky Jeune, WR, Georgia Tech; Dalton Keene, DT, Illinois State; Jeremiah Kolone, OG, San Jose State; Afolabi Laguda, S, Colorado; Codey McElroy, TE, Southeastern Oklahoma State; Curtis Mikell, CB, Southern Miss; Steven Mitchell, WR, USC; McKay Murphy, DT, Weber State; Steven Parker, S, Oklahoma; Luis Perez, QB, Texas A&M-Commerce; Ramon Richards, S, Oklahoma State; Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana; Chucky Williams, S, Louisville; Brian Womac, DE, Rice

The Rams had one pick in the draft's first two days, and they used it on a third-day prospect in Joseph Noteboom. A college left tackle who lacks the footwork to stay at the position in the NFL but has a nasty streak, he'll likely have to move to the strong side or kick inside to guard.

Brian Allen early in Round 4 was another reach, as he lacks prototypical length and athleticism. He has the potential to be a long-time backup at the three interior positions, but that won't be enough to return value on the pick.

An under-the-radar small-school prospect, John Franklin has the size and athleticism to play the five-technique in the Rams' 3-4 scheme but is more of a developmental player. Micah Kiser was a borderline second-day prospect and is an instinctive run defender who lacks twitchy athleticism and ability in reverse, which likely limits him to a two-down role at the next level.

The best player the Rams drafted all weekend was Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. There are snaps available off the edge in Los Angeles, and Okoronkwo has the explosive athleticism, nasty attitude and instincts to make an immediate impact.

L.A. got another steal in John Kelly, a back with good size (5-foot-10, 216 pounds) and receiving ability who should be an effective rotational runner and backup to Todd Gurley. We graded Jamil Demby as a free agent, but he has good size (6-foot-4, 319 pounds) and strength and is a solid positional blocker who could develop into a useful backup.

Sebastian Joseph is another free-agent prospect, and the college nose tackle lacks the size to play that role in the NFL, struggles to get off blocks and will likely max out as a rotational lineman. A dislocated hip derailed Trevon Young in 2016 and he returned to mixed results last season, but he's an explosive pass rusher with nice upside if he can get back to pre-injury form.

Both Travin Howard and Justin Lawler were UDFAs on our board but went in the draft's final 30 picks. Howard has safety size but lacks the speed for the back end and projects as a special-teams asset. Lawler gives the Rams more depth off the edge and is a nasty pass rusher who will need time on the practice squad to add strength.

Tegray Scales was a nice scoop after the draft and while he lacks great size and speed, he could play his way onto the team as a special teamer. Afolabi Laguda is a low-upside safety who disappointed in 2017 but is a good run defender who solid ball skills who could make a roster if he finds his junior form.

Analysis: Los Angeles had a ton of Day 3 draft capital and took shots on several edge rushers, which is arguably their biggest need. They had a few nice value picks and several reaches, but it's tough to grade this draft too harshly considering the lack of high draft picks and the talent they received in return for those traded selections. Grade: C+