With the draft right around the corner, and mock drafts coming out almost every day, it is easy to over look the fact that there is more than just day one of the draft. Some of the better, even elite, players in this league have been drafted in the 2nd round or later. Players like, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and Justin Houston were all drafted after the first day. The St. Louis Rams are a team that thrive on later picks; players like Trumaine Johnson, Tre Mason and Brian Quick were all late round picks and are all starters. Heres a few prospects that have to be on the Rams radar when the second day rolls around.
1. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
The Rams have already come out and said that they plan on bringing someone in outside of the organization to compete with Quarterback Sam Bradford for the starting spot. With a lot of the bigger name prospects like Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston most likely being off the board by the time the Rams pick in the first round, they need to look elsewhere. Bryce Petty is a quality player that should slip past the first round, and some think even past the second.
If the Rams plan on drafting someone to compete with Bradford, Petty makes the post sense. Petty has the size (6’3″, 229 lbs.) and athleticism that the Rams look for in a Quarterback. In his senior season at Baylor, Petty threw for over 3,800 yards with 29 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, but he had an even better junior year.
Petty threw for over 4,000 yards with 32 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions, so his stats precede him. Petty has undeniable arm strength and pocket presence which is two traits that the Rams offense would thrive under. Petty would be a good pick for the Rams to take if he’s still on the board when they are on the clock.
2. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is a player that would be a sure fire first round pick, and most likely even the first corner taken in this years draft if it was’t for that nasty ACL injury he suffered just before the Rose Bowl game. That injury just may let Ekpre-Olomu slip out of the first round and the Rams may have an opportunity to steal him off the board.
The Rams have a good group of young, talented corners, but adding Ekpre-Olomu would solidify that secondary and fix the worst part of their top tier defense. Ekpre-Olomu was awarded all PAC 12 honors twice in his career at Oregon and, before the injury, was on his way to another great season with 63 tackles and 2 interceptions. The Rams would get a steal if Ekpre-Olomu slipped out of the first round, and must consider him when they are up.
3. Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
The Rams still are in desperate need of a wide receiver. Kenny Britt is a solid offseason pick-up from last year and he should be considered to be resigned, but even if he returns and Brian Quick becomes healthy, they need to add another big target. So, why not Jameis Winston’s favorite target Rashad Greene?
Greene had a monster senior season pulling in 99 receptions for 1365 yards and 7 touchdowns. Getting over 1,000 yards receiving yards in a season is impressive, but Greene did it twice, he posted a staggering 1,128 yards his junior year; all while being number 2 to Kelvin Benjamin. Greene is a freak on the outside and has ridiculous speed and hands that would look very nice flying down the field in the Edward Jones’ Dome next season.