2011 NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0

Ethan NovakAnalyst IIApril 27, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0

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    Three weeks ago, I came out with my first 2011 Rams 7-round mock draft. 

    In just three weeks, a lot has changed.  Players have seen their stock rise, some have dropped and the front office has decided some needs are more important than others.

    First, the facts:

    -The Rams have six main needs heading into this draft: Defensive Tackle, Safety, Right Guard, Defensive End, Outside Linebacker and a Backup RB. 

    -I doubt they'll choose to fill all of these needs in the draft, especially outside linebacker.  Expect for them to fill some needs in the expected short free-agency period. 

    With that out of the way, let's get to the picks. 

Round 1, 14th Overall: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois

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    The Numbers

    Height - 6'2"

    Weight - 298 lbs

    40-yard dash - 4.95s



    Reports show that the Rams are sold on Liuget's talent. 

    An elite run-stopper, Liuget is a big, physical defensive tackle that is a disaster for opposing linemen.

    His awareness is off the charts, and Liuget has shown the ability to drop back and sniff out screens better than anyone in this draft.  His pash rushing skills aren't fully developed, but he has plenty of time to grow and learn the art of pass rushing. 

    With solid hands, Liuget is an expert at batting down passes and using his hands to get off of blocks and around the line. 

    Whether you want to draft a lineman or not, this is the second-best scenario for the Rams at the 14th pick (Julio Jones being the first). 


    Where Does He Fit?

    Luiget would become the protege of DT Fred Robbins.  His first year wouldn't be too significant as he would likely spend it learning the complexities of head coach Steve Spagnuolo's defense, but once he has a year under his belt he'd take over as the Rams main DT. 

Round 2, 47th Overall: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois

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    The Numbers

    Height - 6'2"

    Weight - 227 lbs

    40-yard dash - 4.56s



    First of all, I am not an Illinois fan, and I have no connection to the school in any way; this is just how it appears it could work out for the Rams. 

    Leshoure's skill set will remind Ram fans of their own Steven Jackson.  Leshoure has good size, strength and a surprising burst of speed to allow him to get to the perimeter. 

    He is great in pass protection, something that could be very valuable to the Rams and their new spread offense, and his productivity would finally give St. Louis a capable backup for S-Jax. 


    Where Does He Fit In?

    If the Rams select Leshoure, they could finally get the one-two punch in the backfield that they've been lacking since Marshall Faulk retired. 


Round 3, 87th Overall: John Moffit, OG, Wisconsin

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    The Numbers

    Height - 6'4"

    Weight - 319 lbs

    40-yard dash - 5.55s



    Moffitt is a big, physical presence who has NFL-ready size and skill.  His football-IQ is solid, and he is great at recognizing blitzes and defensive line stunts. 

    Showed great success in run blocking, but he needs to learn how to play lower at times.  He relies on his upper body too much at times, and because of it, was pushed back on occasion against stronger defensive linemen. 


    Where Does He Fit In?

    Moffitt provides the final missing piece of the St. Louis Rams offensive line.  With Moffitt, the Rams could finally see a set line that could start all 16 games and never falter. 

Round 4, 112th Overall: Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma

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    The Numbers

    Height - 6'1"

    Weight - 208 lbs

    40-yard dash - 4.59s 



    The Rams need some help at safety with the departure of OJ Atogwe, and Carter could provide that boost.

    Originally projected as a mid second-rounder, Carter's stock has fallen over the last couple months due to his combine performance. 

    However, Carter is a good fit for Spags' defense.  His hard-hitting, physical mentality and he has good size at 6'1" and 210 lbs.  He has good athleticism and football smarts that could allow him to blossom in the Rams defense, especially since he'll have plenty of time to learn the system before he is expected to be a starter. 


    Where Does He Fit In?

    The Rams' lack of depth at safety is a problem, Carter could provide a physical presence in center field for years to come; he just needs to learn the system first. 

Round 5, 145th Overall: Vincent Brown, WR, SDSU

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    The Numbers

    Height - 5'11"

    Weight - 187 lbs

    40-yard dash - 4.71s



    The Rams select their first receiver of the draft in the fifth with Vincent Brown.  Brown exploded his senior year at San Diego State University and could be a major sleeper in this draft.

    He lacks top-end speed and relies far too much on making body catches, but he has plenty of upside.  He has a knack for getting open, won't be afraid to put his body on the line and is a solid blocker on the outside.

    If the Rams want to take a chance on picking up an adequate slot receiver, Brown could be their guy.


    Where Does He Fit In?

    He could catch on as a fifth receiver behind Avery, Clayton, Amendola and Alexander.  He'll have to beat out Gibson and Gilyard to do it though. 

Round 7, 216th Overall: Lazarius Levingston, DE, LSU

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    The Numbers

    Height - 6'4"

    Weight - 299 lbs

    40-yard dash - 4.99s



    Steve Spagnuolo always enjoys piling up pass rushers, so expect the Rams to select to try and find another capable lineman in the late rounds.

    With Levingston, they are getting a physical bull-rusher capable of pushing the pocket.  He plays with a lot of tenacity which is something Spagnuolo loves to see in his linemen, therefore Levingston could get a look.


    Where Does He Fit In?

    Levingston would find himself getting minimal playing time on the defensive line behind James Hall, Chris Long, George Selvie and CJ Ah You. 

Round 7, 228th Overall: Da'Norris Searcy, S, UNC

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    The Numbers

    Height - 5'11"

    Weight - 223 lbs.

    40-yard dash - 4.56s


    The Evaluation

    Searcy is the only safety that the Rams brought in for a visit prior to the draft.

    His intensity and size allow him to make plays.  He has good range and good ability to stick with receivers coming out of the slot, but he lacks NFL-ready instincts.  Searcy could be a nice sleeper pick, but he will add depth to the safety position, nothing more. 


    Where Does He Fit In?

    Searcy adds depth, but he won't make too much noise throughout his career. 

Closing Statement

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