The Rams have been trying to build their offensive line for years. They’ve thrown a ton of money into this pursuit, but with little success (Recent examples: Scott Wells and Jake Long). So there’s little surprise that Fisher spent a majority of the Rams’ 2015 draft picks on offensive linemen. Question is… did he do a better job this year?
Pick #2, Round #2 – T Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin – stiff knees so he comes off the line tall, but otherwise a big dude with a lot of ability. Havenstein wasn’t expected to be drafted until the 3rd or 4th round so Rams have high expectations for him.
Pick #3, Round #2 – OL Jamon Brown, Louisville – he’s also a big powerful guy with a lot of upside, but he’s an average athlete and can wear down late in the season. Also expected to go much later in the draft.
Pick #5, Round #4, OL Andrew Donnal, Iowa – Not known for having strong legs and might not be able to provide the kind of push the Rams are going to need to develop a strong rushing game.
Pick #7, Round #6, G Cody Wichmann, Fresno State – thought to be able to help in the run game, but his experience at Fresno State was in a passing offense (???). Said to be an average athlete.
It’s hard to tell if Fisher et all did good work. As always there’s a lot of potential here, but only time will tell. Below is a list of the Rams remaining draft picks and a short comment:
RB Todd Gurley, Georgia – elite first-round running back, but has ACL history.
QB Sean Mannion, Oregon State – set 18 school passing records, but had tons of interceptions. He also fumbled a lot. Arm strength said to be below pro starter level.
WR Bud Sasser, Missouri – had a great senior year, but much less productive previously. Average athlete and does not have elite speed.
LB Bryce Hager, Baylor – solid linebacker at Baylor (thumbs up pick!!)
DE Martin Ifedi, Memphis – played well at a small college. Should make a solid backup TE.