The Los Angeles Rams will have to wait until Day 2 is almost over before they pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. But don’t fret — this mock draft has you covered with all their potential picks ahead of the weekend’s festivities. The Rams have a few holes and a few needs. Will they answer them properly with their handful of picks?
Los Angeles Rams 2022 7-Round Mock Draft
Here are projections of every pick the Los Angeles Rams could make within a 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft with the Pro Football Network staff as the general manager. This is what we would do with the picks after the board shook out while doing a full 7-round, 32-team mock draft.
Round 3, Pick 104 (Resolution JC-2A selection): Alex Wright, EDGE, UAB
The Rams grab a talented edge rusher with massive upside as Alex Wright comes into play at the tail end of Round 3. Wright is a huge rush end at nearly 6’6″ and over 270 pounds. Yet, his size doesn’t indicate his complete skill set, as he’s a speed rusher with sneaky power. He dominated the lower-level competition and would slide right into the void created by Von Miller’s departure.
Other players in consideration: Dominique Robinson, EDGE, Miami (OH); Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC; David Anenih, EDGE, Houston
Round 4, Pick 142 (compensatory selection): Damarri Mathis, CB, Pittsburgh
Damarri Mathis had a better offseason than most cornerback prospects by blowing up the pre-draft process. After running sub 4.4 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, Mathis followed that with a dominant showing at the Pitt Pro Day. He leaped over 11″ in the broad and 43.5″ in the vertical. That athleticism translates over to the field, as Mathis is a ballhawk with few liabilities in coverage. He can close space with that burst and run with any receiver in the NFL. Mathis is a perfect CB3 right away.
Other players in consideration: Alontae Taylor, CB, Tennessee; Jermaine Waller, CB, Virginia Tech; Tariq Castro-Fields, CB, Penn State
Round 5, Pick 175: William Dunkle, G, San Diego State
A mauler in the run game, William Dunkle is a ferocious blocker who will pancake defenders before — and sometimes after — the whistle. Dunkle is strong, and he has a great base and terrific footwork. He heads to the Rams after most top tackle prospects were off the board in this mock draft. Dunkle can play either guard spot, and while his run blocking is excellent, he suffers no lapse in pass protection.
Other players in consideration: Justin Shaffer, G, Georgia; Luke Tenuta, OL, Virginia Tech; Nick Ford, OL, Utah
Round 6, Pick 182 (mock trade from NYG): Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
Trade: The Rams send pick Nos. 211 and 212 to the New York Giants in exchange for pick No. 182.
The Rams are obviously no strangers to trading draft capital. Instead of picking back-to-back in the late stages of Round 6, they move up to No. 182 in this mock draft. The jump is for Iowa State’s Charlie Kolar after dominating the Iowa State Pro Day. Kolar was dominant at times, but he could use some seasoning in his routes. Yet, his 4.62 40-yard dash, 10″ broad jump, and 35.5′ vertical jump indicate a player ready to break out in the right system. At 6’5″ and 250 pounds, Kolar could become a favorite red-zone target for Matthew Stafford.
Other players in consideration: Trae Barry, TE, Boston College; Cade Otton, TE, Washington; Derrick Deese Jr., TE, San Jose State
Round 6, Pick 218 (compensatory selection): Otito Ogbonnia, DT, UCLA
In this draft, getting more bodies on the defensive front will be essential for the Rams. Securing Otito Ogbonnia goes a long way toward achieving that. Ogbonnia can rush the passer from multiple positions and would serve well to learn from Aaron Donald for a year or two to hone his craft. He’s already had NFL seasoning from current Dallas Cowboys DT Osa Odighizuwa, as the two talk regularly. Ogbonnia is a pro’s pro waiting to be unleashed up the middle.
Other players in consideration: Marquan McCall, DT, Kentucky; Arron Mosby, DL, Fresno State; Tayland Humphrey, DT, Louisiana
Round 7, Pick 238 (from MIA): Kolby Harvell-Peel, S, Oklahoma State
The safety position is deep in LA, but Kolby Harvell-Peel is another player who can move around the secondary and bring forward favorable matchups. He brings the lumber like a linebacker but can cover like a slot cornerback. Harvell-Peel can close space as a free safety, and his movement skills are second to none among the prospects left on the board at this stage.
Other players in consideration: Tre Sterling, S, Oklahoma State; Percy Butler, S, Louisiana; Carson Wells, LB, Colorado
Round 7, Pick 253: EJ Perry, QB, Brown
EJ Perry is a player that nearly every general manager should want on their team. He also represents an athletic uptick for the Rams’ QB room behind Stafford. A former Boston College transfer, Perry is a legacy and coach’s player (literally). He can sling it to all levels of the field while picking up the playbook in record time. Perry’s presence at practice alone makes LA’s offense better.
Other players in consideration: Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State; Eric Barriere, QB, Eastern Washington