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Rams Earn an ‘B-‘ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a good grade is that of the Rams, who according to Kiper got an ‘B-‘ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

It’s tough to grade this Rams draft because they only had one pick on the first two days. Their first-round pick (No. 23) is essentially wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who is already a productive NFL player but will be looking at a massive contract next offseason. If Rams GM Les Snead and coach Sean McVay gave up a first-rounder for Cooks, they better be prepared to pay up to keep him, or else that’s a bad trade. Still, consider that Cooks is just 24 years old, and no wide receivers were taken ahead of that No. 23 slot. It’s certainly possible that they got the best wide receiver available. They gave up this year’s second-round pick (No. 56) in the trade for Sammy Watkins, who they lost in free agency. That trade looks worse than the Cooks addition. The Rams spent heavily to try to upgrade their receiving corps, but there’s better value in Round 2 of the draft. Receivers James Washington and D.J. Chark were still on the board at that pick.

We also have to factor in the additions of cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, who cost late picks in this draft. They’re good players — for 2018, at least.

Joe Noteboom (pick 89), who started 40 games at TCU, at both left and right tackle, is a good developmental player for a team with an aging offensive line — left tackle Andrew Whitworth turns 37 during the season. Brian Allen (111) gives them center depth, where John Sullivan turns 33 before Week 1. I like Obo Okoronkwo (160), and Wade Phillips is going to set him loose off the edge in his 3-4. Micah Kiser (147) and Justin Lawler (244) were two more that stood out on a busy Day 3.

Snead has clearly placed an emphasis on finding underrated talent in Rounds 4-7, and he could have some finds here. I just don’t know how many of them will be able to contribute as rookies.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
3/89 Joe Noteboom OT TCU
4/111 Brian Allen C MICHIGAN STATE
4/135 John Franklin-Myers DE STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
5/147 Micah Kiser ILB VIRGINIA
5/160 Obo Okoronkwo OLB OKLAHOMA
6/176 John Kelly RB TENNESSEE
6/192 Jamil Demby OT MAINE
6/195 Sebastian Joseph DT RUTGERS
6/205 Trevon Young DE LOUISVILLE
7/231 Travin Howard OLB TCU
7/244 Justin Lawler DE SMU


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