Rams Nab QB in Mel Kiper Jr.'s First Mock Draft

The Los Angeles Rams go into the offseason with several needs for upgrading their offense. In his first mock draft of the offseason, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the team addressing one of those positions.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. released his first mock draft of the offseason on Thursday and his first-round prediction for the Los Angeles Rams would address one of the team’s primary needs.

Kiper has the Rams selecting Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch with the No. 15 pick in the first round. 

Lynch, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound redshirt junior, has been one of the hot prospects throughout the college football season while leading the Tigers to a 9-4 record that included a win over Mississippi.

After completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 3,031 yards, 22 touchdowns against nine interceptions as a sophomore in 2014, Lynch upped his numbers to 66.8 completion percentage, 3,776 yards, 28 touchdowns against four interceptions during his breakthrough junior campaign in 2015. 

The Rams have had uncertainty at the quarterback position for a few years now, first because of Sam Bradford's knee injuries in 2013 and 2014 and then because of the struggles of Nick Foles in 2015. 

The Rams could have Case Keenum, Foles and Sean Mannion back for the 2016 season, but it’s also possible that Keenum (a restricted free agent) or Foles will not return. 

With the Rams making their move out to Los Angeles, they may be even more eager to find a quarterback for the future. Lynch may be that guy, though quarterbacks will be in high demand during the 2016 Draft and it’s possible Lynch or any of the other top QBs won’t be available when the Rams pick at No. 15 overall.  

The Rams will go into the draft with needs at wide receiver and quarterback, so if they can address either position with their first-round pick they should be in good shape. They also have an extra second-round pick, thanks to the trade of Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles, so they will have some flexibility if they opt to manipulate their draft board to get the players they are targeting. 

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