Morning Ram-blings: A 2015 mock draft

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- If you didn't get mock draft burnout with the extra two weeks leading up to the 2014 NFL draft, well, you're in luck. Because the fun has already begun anew.

Courtesy of resident draft analyst Todd McShay, the first 2015 mock draftInsider was brought to the masses on Wednesday afternoon. I know, I know, why would we care about a mock draft this far out from the real thing? Well, I firmly believe that things like mock drafts are something people complain about the proliferation of but then dutifully click and read.

If nothing else, McShay offers some insight into the players who figure to be in the conversation as potential first rounders next year. Some will follow through on that and others will fall off over the course of the next 12 months.

So as not to stir up hard feelings, McShay used the projected records from Football Outsiders to come up with the order. Those projections have the Rams at 6-10 and drafting seventh. Clearly, that's not what Rams fans are hoping to hear.

For what it's worth, McShay has the Rams taking Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff with that pick. Another tackle might seem extraneous after taking Greg Robinson this year but right tackle Joe Barksdale is scheduled for free agency after the season and Jake Long is recovering from a knee injury.

But I have to think if somehow the Rams did go 6-10 in 2014, what happened at the quarterback position? My guess is that it wasn't very good or the record would have been better which leads me to believe in this imaginary scenario, the Rams would look in that direction with that pick.

Again, this is all for fun and not worth getting upset over but something to ponder as we look to the future.


A roundup of Wednesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... We began the day with the Ram-blings examining the success of young quarterbacks when matched up against elite defenses. ... Next came this week's version of the Buzz video in which a 50 Cent reference was made and we discussed the rookie class. ... From there, we got into the many ways in which Greg Robinson fits the Rams. ... We then offered one man's (read: mine) take on how the offensive depth chart will shake out heading into organized team activities. ... Next, we provided the news that Wade Davis, the executive director of You Can Play and a former NFL player, spoke to the Rams at Jeff Fisher's request Monday. ...From there, we examined whether Michael Sam is doing all he can to make it about football.


To go with McShay's mock draft, columnist Jeffri Chadiha takes a look at the potential of the quarterback class for next year.

ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell offers the news that Michael Sam is a part of a documentary series for the Oprah Winfrey Network.

At stltoday.com, Bernie Miklasz offers his take on Sam's chances of making the Rams.

Jim Thomas chronicles the arrival of the Rams' top two draft picks.

At 101sports.com, Randy Karraker writes that the Rams have their chance to gain relevance in 2014.