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St. Louis Rams 2015 NFL Draft Preview

Updated on March 25, 2015

First round draft prospects for the Rams.

Before Sam Bradford got traded for Nick Foles, you would think the obvious answer was a quarterback. Since it looks like Nick Foles is going to get an opportunity to be the franchise quarterback, that brings to light the other glaring need...offensive line. The Rams offensive line last year did not meet expectations. A lot of that had to do with players unable to stay healthy. In a busy off-season that saw Jeff Fisher and Les Snead decide to part ways with Left Tackle Jake Long,Center Scott Wells, and the team still negotiating with Right Tackle Joe Barksdale. There are holes to fill at this position. Now if the Rams are able to resign Barksdale, then that makes things easier for this young talented team. So let's take a look at some offensive linemen coming into the draft.

University of Iowa Tackle Brandon Scherff
University of Iowa Tackle Brandon Scherff

Brandon Scherff

Regarded as the top offensive tackle coming into this years draft, Scherff stands at 6-foot-5, 319-pounds, and was a run-blocking monster at the University of Iowa. While he is listed at tackle, Scherff could very well come in and play the guard position as well. If the Rams are able to resign Barksdale and they get the chance to draft Scherff, that maybe the move they make. Scherff was a college standout winning the 2014 Outland Trophy, was a 2014 1st Team AP All-American, 2-Time Big Ten All-Conference 1st Team, and became the 2014 Big Ten Offensive Linemen of the Year. His nfl.com draft profile says Scherff is a powerful run-blocker with exceptional power with his hips and legs. He moves well laterally and rarely allows defensive ends to set the edge against him, but also will default to sumo-style power push rather than leg churning at times. Brandon Scherff is a plug-in and play impact offensive linemen week 1 of the regular season. If the Rams have a chance to draft him at the number 10 spot, it would be very hard to pass him up.

Brandon Scherff NFL Combine Results

Grade
6.47
 
40-yard dash
5.05 seconds
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
 
 
 

Brandon Scherff Highlights

Stanford Tackle Andrus Peat
Stanford Tackle Andrus Peat

Andrus Peat

Another top offensive linemen prospect is Standford tackle Andrus Peat. Standing at 6-foot-7, but a slim 313-pounds, Peat is the son of former NFL offensive tackle Todd Peat. The 21 year old junior had a lot of hype coming into Stanford and he did not disappoint. The 21-year old was a Morris Trophy winner when he became the PAC 12 linemen of the year. Peat was also considered an All-American in 2014. NFL scouts say he is a pro-ready tackle, but also added that he has a tendency to become a "lunger" when facing strong edge rushers. Either way he is another top prospect that can start in week one.

Andrus Peat NFL Combine Results

Grade
6.29
 
40-yard dash
5.18 seconds
 
Vertical Jump
31 inches
 
Broad Jump
105 inches
 
Cone Drill
8.01 seconds
 
20-yard shuttle
4.62 seconds
 
LSU tackle La'el Collins
LSU tackle La'el Collins
PITT Tackle T.J. Clemmings
PITT Tackle T.J. Clemmings

Also look for

Also be sure to look at LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, standing at 6-foot-4, 305-pounds, and he was a 2014 Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner for being considered the best offensive linemen in the SEC. He also was first-team All-SEC in his senior season.

T.J. Clemmings is 6-foot-5, and 309-pounds. He was named to the first-team All-ACC in 2014.

Or the Rams could go in a different direction with the first pick.

We all love the flashy, impact playmakers coming out of the draft. So if the Rams wanted to grab let's say a wide receiver at the number 10 spot. Here are a couple that could drop to that spot or even move up in the draft to get. Let's take a look at a couple of these players.

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper
Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper

At 6-foot-1, 211-pounds, this guy was truly the best wide receiver in college football period. If you don't believe me let's just take a look at his stats and awards. This past season as a junior, he won the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation's most outstanding receiver. He was a Heisman Trophy finalists, unanimous first-team All-American and SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Look at the stats for this past season. Cooper led the nation with (124) receptions, was second with (1,727) yards, and had (16) touchdowns. In his three years at Alabama, Cooper started 30 of 40 games, hauling in (31) touchdowns. He is by far the best receiver in the draft. If the Rams want to get Amari Cooper, I have a feeling they may have to move up a couple spots to get him.

Amari Cooper NFL Combine Results

Grade
7.19
 
40-Yard Dash
4.42 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.0 inch
 
Broad Jump
120.0 inch
 
3 Cone Drill
6.71 sec
 
20-Yard Shuttle
3.98 sec
 

Amari Cooper Highlights

West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White
West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White

Kevin White

Standing at 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, Kevin White is a tall, fast receiver that can also stretch the field. In his one-season with West Virginia, White had (109) receptions, for (1,447) yards. He was one of the three finalists for the Biletnikoff award. He started the season with seven straight 100-yard receiving games. That is a school record, and he also set the school record for receptions in a game with (16) versus Texas. Kevin White is a natural athlete that can get down the field and is not afraid to jump up and battle for the football. A story that I read this week, says he maybe on the Rams radar.

Kevin White NFL Combine Results

Grade
6.7
 
40-Yard Dash
4.35 sec
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
20-Yard Shuttle
4.14 sec
 

Kevin White Highlights

Should be interesting

So many ways the Rams could go with the first round pick. We will patiently wait and see how it all shakes out.

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    • Curtis Filer profile imageAUTHOR

      Curtis Filer III 

      3 years ago from St. Louis

      I agree, my personal opinion I think they need to build the offensive line. They have to have a stable and healthy offensive line to protect Foles.

    • Josh Ruga profile image

      Joshua Ruga 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      I voted best player available, because with what the Rams have created on the defensive side of the ball, they just need to add impact talent offensively to complete the spectacular football team they are constructing.

    • Curtis Filer profile imageAUTHOR

      Curtis Filer III 

      3 years ago from St. Louis

      Don't be afraid to leave a comment. I want to hear your guys opinion.

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